My older brother, Jeff, and I spent one night in Denver decades ago on a cross country moving trip from Augusta, Georgia to San Francisco. It happened to be during the theatrical run of the first ALIEN film, and we saw it from the balcony of this amazing giant theater whose name I no longer remember. Needless to say, I loved the film and was really impressed by the little I got to see of the city. Just from that one experience so many years ago, or perhaps all the wonderful trips to Telluride in the 1980’s, I’ve always had a fondness for Colorado. But jeez, this past weekend for Denver residents and Colorado sports fans had to be a particularly special brand of hell.
Saturday and Sunday the Red Sox polished off their 4-game sweep of the suddenly woeful Colorado Rockies. Once the hottest team in baseball on one of the greatest streaks in regular season and post-season history, the Rockies were as pathetic as they come. The 8-day layoff in between the NL Championship Series (where they swept Arizona) and the World Series (not to mention a far superior Boston club in every single category clicking on all cylinders) was their death knell. They hit like crap (when’s the last time you saw that many strikeouts from a good-hitting team?), didn’t pitch much better, and were only competitive in two of the four games. They had the lead for a total of 3 1/2 innings over four games. When they did rally to get close, the bullpen would turn right around in the next inning and give it all back. I’m not even a fan (hell, there’s more ex-Twins on the Red Sox), but I was certainly rooting for them against Boston. And they were dominated from the first pitch to the last–how frustrating was that?
To add insult to injury, the Green Bay Packers played the (once-invincible-at-home) Denver Broncos (now 3-4) at Mile High Stadium on Monday Night Football. While the Broncos seemed poise to score a touchdown at the end of regulation and win the game, they instead had to settle for a game-tying field goal as the clock ran out. So of course the Packers won the coin flip to get the ball first in sudden death overtime, and all Brett Favre did was throw an 82-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. Game over. Are you kidding me?
If you know anyone from Denver who went to all 3 of these games, be nice to them–they’ve suffered enough. Maybe the Nuggets or the Avalanche will be pretty good this year…