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Friday, September 30, 2016

2016 Gameday Beer-o-the-week - Oregon State Edition

Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beer for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always top quality that you're looking for. To steal a phrase from the heinous beer terrorists at Budweiser, you want "drinkability." (or what a real beer connoisseur calls "a session beer") So, be warned, these may not be "the best" beers around. But, in the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!"

I'm sure you've heard by now, but this will be the last weekend, ever, for Conor O'Neill's.  As a veteran of countless Boulder bar crawls - Conor's was even the jumping off point for my 21st birthday party - it's like saying that this is going to be the last Thanksgiving ever.  The humble Irish Pub is an important fixture of the Boulder's drinking establishment, and it's a crime against the very fabric of the town to hear that it's shutting down for good.  Shame, shame, shame on those that are pushing this venerable institution to the curb in favor of... whatever hack faux-hipster bullshit will, inevitably, take it's place on the Mall.

Anyways, as many of you are undoubtedly planning, as well, I've scheduled a trip to Conor's this weekend to send the old girl out in style.  And, of course, when I hit up Conor's, there's only one drink on the menu: Guinness.  That black nectar of the gods is this week's beer-of-the-week.

I was surprised to realize that I've never featured this beer before as a gameday selection.  Guinness is a stable brew, after all, for consumers everywhere.  You'd have thought, after six years, I'd have gotten around to 'a pint of the black stuff' at some point.  Oh well, guess I'll just have to make up for lost time.

Guinness is, I assume, the national beverage of the good people of Ireland.  Whether or not that's actually true (in retrospect, it's probably whiskey, which is also #good) is immaterial.  What is important, however, is that the Irish not only invented this dry stout, but then chose to bless the rest of the world with its presence.  Poured motor-oil black from a nitrogen-infused tap or can, the celebrated cascade effect allows for a perfect pint wherever you are.  There's not much on the nose, but the taste is bready malt and toast, with a milky/creamy backing.  Eminently drinkable, you can session with Guinness for hours, should you choose.  Owners Diageo move nearly 2 billion pints of this stuff per year, much of it on St Patrick's Day, making it one of the most popular brands in the world.

Discussion of Guinness actually allows me to bring up one of the more interesting beer inventions in the history of the industry: the widget.  Finding a way to bring the pub experience of the nitrogen-infused pour home was a focus of the brewers in the late 1960s.  Their response was to drop a internal component into each can and bottle to release the gas upon opening, and thus the widget was born.  Without it, Guinness would taste verrrrry different at your tailgate.  This tactic, of course, was further improved with Lefthand's widgetless nitrogenation for their Milk Stout, which is probably my favorite stout around.

Regardless, you know Guinness, and you know you want one.  Further, you know you want it from one of the taps at Conor O'Neill's before they tear it down.  Find your way down to 13th and Lawry right quick, while you still can.

Happy Friday!  Go Buffs, beat the Beavers!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 CU vs Oregon State Football Teaser

Ladies and gentlemen, we've entered new territory.  I am, for the first time this year, going to see Colorado play a game live and in person.  For various reasons - personal, business, and otherwise - I was unable to attend any of the home or road affairs in September.  I missed the Oregon game entirely, in fact, thanks to a wedding ceremony.

The whole scheduling thing has left me hungry to get into Folsom and get my first real good look at what's going on this year.  Sure, I've seen the broadcasts, but a live, in-person look is always preferable.

But, that also means I'm changing up what had been a winning pattern; me not going to games. So, should the Buffs stumble on Saturday, you'll all know the reason -- I jinxed them with my presence.  I apologize in advance.


Hype Music for the Week: "Your Time is Gonna Come" by Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin, one of the monoliths of music history, penned this ditty of emotional revenge, which I find fitting.  With the Buffs on the Rise, it's time to pay back some of our conference brethren for the shames of recent history.  Their time has come.


Kickoff from resplendent Folsom Field is set for 12:30 MT on Saturday.  The Buffs will be going for something wholly unprecedented in the Pac-12 era: a two-game in-conference winning streak. Remember to wear white! There's a slight chance of rain in the forecast, but nothing to be too worried about.  Coverage for those unable to attend is on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday Grab Bag: Buffs are Risen

Well, Pac-12, ya done fucked up.  You had Colorado Football at its low point, dead for all intents and purposes as a competitive football entity, yet allowed the program to get up off the mat.  #TheRise is, apparently, very much real, and y'all in some serious trouble.  I'm not saying from the team, for whom the sky appears to be the limit, I'm talking about the fanbase.  BuffNation is a bunch of certified cocky shits when we have something on the gridiron to root for.  We are now the fly in your punchbowl.  Prepare for some ruckus, and we do not apologize in advance.


Today in the bag, I'm talking the historic win over Oregon, a look ahead into the near future of the football schedule, and the start of basketball season.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 Gameday Beer-o-the-week - Oregon Edition

Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beer for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always top quality that you're looking for. To steal a phrase from the heinous beer terrorists at Budweiser, you want "drinkability." (or what a real beer connoisseur calls "a session beer") So, be warned, these may not be "the best" beers around. But, in the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!"

I come to you today from Brooklyn, NY. Out here on some family business, I figure, why not feature something local? Well, what could get more local to Brooklyn than Brooklyn Brewery?  The brainchild of Steve Hindy and Tom Potter, Brooklyn has been pumping out fantastic beers under the direction of the singular Garrett Oliver for years.  Their staple brew, Brooklyn Lager, is this week's beer-o-the-week.
I don't feature a lot of lagers, mostly due to the fact that the American craft beer scene is dominated by ales.  Lagers (beer 'lagered' at low temperatures with bottom-fermenting yeast), however, are some of the most prolific and historically significant styles on the planet, as popularized by mega-brands like Budweiser and Coors.  This version is nothing like that pale swill, though.  No, Brooklyn has actually produced something with taste that stands up well past your standard tailgate environment.  This is a beer with legs, one capable of suiting your needs whenever they may arise.

Brooklyn is a Vienna-style amber, a 19th Century style brought to the continent, originally, through Mexico.  It will pour copper-yellow into your glass, with a nice pillow of head.  You'll get strong malt notes throughout the nose and palate, with a small cut of floral hops (thanks to the dry-hopping process).  The taste is of caramel malt, and exceedingly pleasant.  At 5.2 ABV, it's a highly sessionable brew that's worthy of staying with you through multiple rounds of bag toss or farmer's golf.

Unfortunately, Brooklyn Brewery doesn't currently have a distribution outlet in Colorado, so you can't find it in local shops.  Next time you're out east (they distribute throughout the Midwest), though, be sure to give it a try.  Tomorrow, I'll kickback a few of these while trying to keep up with the Buffs in Eugene.

Happy Friday!  Go Buffs, beat the Ducks!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 CU vs Oregon Football Teaser

Pressed for time, I'm releasing this a day early.  Enjoy!


Hype Music for the Week: "Song from M*A*S*H" by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman

Also known as 'Suicide is Painless,' this was the intro lullaby to one of the most successful televisions shows in the history of the medium.  It was apparently meant to be 'the stupidest song ever written.'  I picked this in recognition of the litany of major injuries suffered by both the Buffs and Ducks last week, severely limiting both rosters headed into the tilt.  Enjoy!


Kickoff from Autzen Field in Eugene, OR is set for 3:30pm MT on Saturday.  Televised coverage can be found on Pac-12 Network, with the radio possibly on 850 KOA (unless scintillating Colorado Rockies' action preempts).  For those going to the game, weather looks to be pretty nice, with sunshine and mid-70s in the forecast for the Pacific Northwest.  For those watching at home, I hear you're in for room temperature and dry.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Grab Bag: 'Special' Teams Cost Buffs in Michigan

I'm on a short week, due to an upcoming trip to New York.  That means, for the first time in a while, this weekly feature is actually dropping on a Monday!  Huzzah!  It also means that, with time crunched, I'm straight to the action...

Today in the bag, I'm talking the attrition-heavy effort in Ann Arbor, some Saturday success from the Soccer and Volleyball teams, and the how the upcoming schedule fared in football.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

2016 Gameday Beer-o-the-week - Michigan Edition

Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beer for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always top quality that you're looking for. To steal a phrase from the heinous beer terrorists at Budweiser, you want "drinkability." (or what a real beer connoisseur calls "a session beer") So, be warned, these may not be "the best" beers around. But, in the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!"

After opening week snark and last week's tongue-in-cheek pick of a damn soft drink, we're back to normal service for the weekly beer selection.  There's a lot of good breweries in Michigan, a number of which are well worth a drive if you're in region.  One of the more unique and celebrated standouts, though, is actually located in Ann Arbor.  Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, a short hop down main street from the Big House, is simply one of the best purveyors of rustic-style beers in the country.  Their signature Oro de Calabaza wild ale is this week's beer-o-the-week.
Alternatively categorized as a biere de garde, a strong ale, a wild ale, or a golden ale, depending on your view on such things, Oro de Calabaza (meaning golden pumpkin... don't worry, not a fake-ass pumpkin ale) is a barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned Belgian-style brew. Essentially a cousin of the saison, these are all variations on a Franco-Belgian theme meant to be brewed in cool weather and stored in cellars for extended periods.  They are typically malt-forward, complex, and pretty sweet, with that weird nod in the direction of Belgian yeast.  This version will pour a little hazy in the glass, and hit you with a rich array of acidic floral, fruit, and spice flavors, along with some wood from the oak barrels.  Not my favorite style, and there are almost no hop characteristics to savor, but still very pleasant, especially if you don't mind a little funk.  Seriously, if you're into the whole Belgian thing, you should enjoy this.

Note: this is not a beer for getting ripped.  We're talking serious flavors here for mature palates.  I can't even imagine someone wanting to pound a bottle of this, and, at 8% abv, it'd hurt.  No, this is for the more mellow tailgate; contemplative and retrospective.  The kind that the wine and cheese elites at the UofM would appreciate.  In fact, pair with cheese.  Go ahead, get some damn cheese, already!

For those in Boulder, far from the action on Saturday, Liquormart and Hazel's both offer it in handy 350ml size.  Purchase, consume, enjoy.  Responsibly, of course.

Happy Friday!  Go Buffs, beat the Wolverines!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

2016 CU vs Michigan Football Preview

Before I get to today's full preview, it's confession time.  Back in the fall of 2001, yours truly was a high school senior, desperately trying to make his college choice.  Of course, the University of Colorado was on the list, along with a handful of other random schools from around the country (Washington, Clemson, Purdue, etc.). Atop the heap, though, was the University of Michigan.  While I had been a CU fan from early on in my youth, I had eventually come to be obsessed with Michigan.  The combination of tradition, academics, and one of the best fight songs ever written had me drooling to go play tuba in the Big House.  I wanted it bad, and had done all the things academic advisors tell you to do, even though it was always a long shot.

Crushingly, however, the letter returned from Ann Arbor was the smaller kind, the one filled only with tidings of rejection.  I didn't get in.  I threw off the Michigan hat I was wearing.  It generally sucked. That's when the tears came.

There's a silver lining to that moment of pain, however. If there is ever to be a consolation prize worth earning, four-ish years in Boulder is it. The people I met, the lessons I learned, the experiences I had could not have existed in Ann Arbor.  Boulder and CU are as unique a temple to higher education as anywhere on the planet, and the thought that I could've missed the chance to experience them makes me shudder in retrospect. Really, it was a twist of miraculous fate that I was rejected by the UofM, that I didn't get what I thought I wanted.  I can't imagine my life out east, and count my lucky stars that I am a Buffalo, not a Wolverine. 

So, with Big Blue appearing on the schedule for the first time since my arrival in Boulder, I stand proudly shoulder to shoulder with the school that chose me.  Go get 'em, Buffs!


Hype Music for the Week: "Vogue" by Madonna

There were a lot of options for the feature this week.  Everything from Eminem to KISS and the Supremes was considered; Detroit is deep in quality music from across the spectrum.  In the end, however, I chose Madonna for one important reason: of all the popular music acts to emerge from the Detroit area, she's the only one to have actually gone to the University of Michigan (on a dance scholarship; Iggy Popp was also considered).  So, here we are.

Vogue was arguably Madonna's biggest hit.  Released at the height of her fame in 1990, it reached #1 on the Billboard charts in May of that year.  It's a pop-y jingle with legs, influencing many of the dance hits from that decade.  Enjoy!


There was a question going around #BuffsTwitter this week that got me thinking.  The CU/Michigan game is the biggest for Colorado since... when?  See, there's a lot on the table for the Buffaloes this week.  After two consecutive ass-whuppings over lesser competition, the team is riding high into Week 3, but is otherwise untested.  The promise of this fixture, though, is an opportunity to prove to national eyes, usually fixated far from Boulder, that #TheRise is for real.  CU hasn't had a like opportunity in a long while.  With a win over the Wolverines, Colorado could stamp their name in the top-25 for the first time since 2005.  No kidding, it's a big damn game.

So, to the question at hand, my argument would be the Nebraska fixture in 2010.  That was the last time Colorado was within a victory of bowl eligibility, and the last time any game featuring the Buffaloes felt like it had even the barest of 'stakes.'  But, even then, the feeling is different.  In November of 2010, the program and fanbase were clearly on the decline, and that loss in Lincoln just capped another lost season.  The stakes lost had been simply to add a little juice headed into a coaching search (and leave the BigXII on a high note); nothing all that substantial.  Now in 2016, with hope cautiously blossoming under a rising sun, the stakes have an opposite timbre to them.  Instead of forestalling what a loss could mean, the stakes are all about the dream of what a win could mean.  I like this reality much better.

And so, we look ahead to Saturday. Kickoff from the venerable 'Big House' in Ann Arbor, MI is set for 1:30pm MT.  Weather could be nasty, with rain and thunderstorms forecasted for pretty much all of Saturday.  Coverage can be found on the BigTen Network, with Mark Johnson and the radio call on 850 KOA.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday Grab Bag: "They’re basically starving."

I continue to be impressed with #TheRise.  Through two weeks the Colorado football team looks good... honestly, legitimately good.  They're making plays, executing, and getting the most out of every snap on both sides of the ball.  Head Coach Mike MacIntyre, after the game Saturday, chalked this up to the players entering the season 'starving' for success.  They certainly look it.  It's to the point that I'm expecting a quality performance this week in Michigan, despite the fact that they were installed as 20-point underdogs to the #4 team in the country.  Maybe the Buffs won't win, maybe they can't win, but I at least know they're going to show up.  I believe: Colorado is going to head east, give it their best, and prove to the nation that CU belongs on the same field as one of the heavies in the sport.  It's a confidence I haven't had in recent years, but have now. Damn, this kool-aid tastes good.

Go get 'em, Buffs.  Shock the world!


Today in the bag, I'm talking a first round TKO of the Idaho State Bengals, some big recruiting news from Tad Boyle's basketball kingdom, and a roundup of the week's action in Pac-12 football.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

2016 Gameday Beverage-o-the-week - Idaho State Edition

Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beerbeverage for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always drunkenness that you're looking for. Sometimes you just want to enjoy life to it's fullest, experiencing it the way great American Jim Leavitt does.  So, be warned, this week it's not about beer.  In (not) the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL WONT GET YOU DRUNK!"

I'm calling an audible.  I know I should be selecting a beer today.  Possibly highlighting some brewery from Idaho, of which I'm sure there are some.  My problem is that I'm just morally opposed to spending a good beer pick on an FCS game.  No offense to the Bengals, it's just that... for a punchless matchup, the selected drink should be equal to the challenge.  This isn't a first; if you'll recall, last fall I picked non-alcoholic O'Doul's for Nicholls State.

So, in looking for something game-appropriate, I tried to get to the heart of the matter at hand.  I looked for a source of passion in a matchup that is a challenge for the average fan to get up for.  What I found was that I kept thinking, "what would Jim Leavitt do?"  The firebrand Defensive Coordinator is famously passionate about... pretty much everything, constantly exuding a joie de vivre that is as heartwarming as it is bemusing to watch from afar.  Surely this great man, who has revitalized the Colorado defense, would have the right answer here.

Of course, what Jim Leavitt would pick is Pepsi.  Yep, fucking Pepsi.  He can't shut up about the soft drink, tweeting and talking about it constantly (if he doesn't have an endorsement deal, his agent is really dropping the ball).  Jim seems to love the stuff as much as he does football.  Fair enough, in his honor, I'm naming Pepsi this week's gameday beverage-o-the-week.
I love this image.  From: The Ralphie Report.
I will admit to being a Leavitt-esque Pepsi drinker in my miss-spent youth.  It was the White Sox official soda, so I, in turn, gobbled the stuff up like every over-sugared child of my generation.  Regular Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Crystal Pepsi (which is making a comeback).  You name it, I craved it.

The beverage, which Wikipedia will tell originated in the 1890s, is one of the two principle soda behemoths in the country (you know the other).  It's been around forever, quenching generations of thirst with its dual blasts of high fructose corn syrup and caffeine, and is synonymous with the concept of the massive marketing conglomerate.  Be assured, Pepsi is decidedly not good for you or your kids, as are any traditional American sodas, and really should be avoided at all costs.  However... it's so damn tasty on a summer day.  Poured over ice, bubbles fizzing away, it really can't be beat.

So, if you don't mind putting another step towards an extended relationship with a diabetes meter, why not pickup a 12-pack?  Toast away the last hours of a summer afternoon as the Buffs take the field against Idaho State.  Jim Leavitt would approve.

Happy Friday!  Go Buffs, beat the Bengals!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

2016 CU vs Idaho State Football Teaser

You'll note that this is not titled as a 'preview.'  I'm trying to attune my football coverage to my style in basketball season, reserving full 'previews' for the games that matter.  While still counting full value in the the win/loss column, a game against a middling FCS program certainly falls short of that metric.  Accordingly, this 'teaser' will be more narrative and less formulaic than my typical pre-game fare... shorter, too.  So, without further adieu, on with the teaser...


Hype Music for the Week: 'Walk Like an Egyptian' by the Bangles

I'll admit that it's a rather lame homophonic stretch to go from the Idaho State Bengals to the 80s pop group 'The Bangles.'  The other option, however, was 'Eye of the Tiger' from Survivor, which I thought was even lamer.  So, here you go; some of the worst pop rock to come out a decade known for terrible pop rock.

The Bangles, you might be interested to know, are still together.  They've put new music out as recently as 2011 (Sweetheart of the Sun), are are currently touring the East Coast (or so a quick Google search would reveal).  They was never my cup of tea, musically, but, then again, my most recent music purchase was a slew of prog-metal instrumental tracks, so what do I know?  Enjoy!


Is there anything better than a late-summer afternoon in Boulder?  Kickoff from beautiful, sun-splashed Folsom Field is set for 3:30p on Saturday.  If for the setting alone, you won't want to miss this one.  For those poor souls unable to attend, coverage will be on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on AM 760.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tuesday Grab Bag: #TheRise Explodes Onto National Television

Before I get to the bag, celebrating a strong start to the new football season, I would like to take a moment to admonish those of you removing the brakes from the hype train as it begins to leave the station.  Yes, the Buffs looked good Friday night, and, yes, the rest of the Pac-12 South looked suspect throughout the remainder of Week 1.  However, anyone insinuating (or out-right stating) that the Buffs, after just one game against weak competition, are suddenly players in a league and a division they have routinely played whipping-boy to has lost their damn mind.

I don't want to throw cold water on a performance that certainly deserves recognition and excitement - this is, after all, the best Colorado has looked after a game against FBS competition, such as it is, since... what, Wyoming in 2009? The 2010 RMS? - but let's keep some perspective.  This team was never going to be defined by the way it performed in this game; it will be defined by how they take to the conference slate, something that is still far from known.  Basically, on this happy Tuesday, my message is this: call me after that trip to Oregon at the end of the month.


Today in the bag, I'm talking the Rocky Mountain Beat-down, notable action around the world of college football, and how the rest of the CU Athletic Department fared.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

2016 Gameday Beer-o-the-week - RMS Edition

Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beer for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always top quality that you're looking for. To steal a phrase from the heinous beer terrorists at Budweiser, you want "drinkability." (or what a real beer connoisseur calls "a session beer") So, be warned, these may not be "the best" beers around. But, in the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!"

It's the RMS, so the honorary beer-o-the-week is, as always, Buff Gold.  Previously, I've talked about how you can spice up the standard golden ale by dropping in a shot of Buffalo Trace bourbon to make a 'Buffalo Maker.'  Advancing the concept further, why not make it a hybrid drop-shot of Trace and local agave spirit Tatanka?  Yeah, I know, that sounds rough, but football is meant for the tough of spirit, so you deserve a beverage to match.

The 'real' beer for this week is an old non-favorite.  Submitted for your approval, I present the offspring of a marketing machine with a plan.  A marketing machine who wantonly leeches on the consumer's cardboard palate, while simultaneously wrapping itself in whatever flavor of the American Dream once existed under the Eisenhower administration.  A marketing machine not of this continent that posits to speak for the beer drinkers of this great nation.  Yep, I'm of course talking about Budweiser 'heavy,' or, as it has bizarrely taken to call itself this summer, 'America,' and it's my gameday beer-o-the-week.
'America?'  But you're fucking Belgian!
Let me first say that I am offended.  If you're going to slap the flag on the side of your brew and call it America, then it better be damn good, worthy of the name itself.  This beer is not good, however.  It is lifeless piss-water, the kind of thing you would expect to come from years of industrialized corporate 'brewing.'  More to the point, the company making the swill isn't even American!  It's a Brazilian/Belgian behemoth, stretching it's devilish tentacles across the globe.  A testament to the might of multi-national business management, sure, but far from the homespun, hard working, blue-collar, patriotic company of the advertising campaign.  It's a sham, a put-on, a hateful ruse. Designed to ply willing rubes from their hard-earned cash while real-deal American brew is shuffled off to the dusty corners of shelves via distribution arrangements.

By now, I'm used to people of all ilks appropriating the Stars and Stripes for their own purposes; that in and of itself may be as American as the apple pie of legend.  However, this attempt is so brazen, so hilarious in its origin, as to piss me the hell off.  Fuck this beer, and fuck the company that put it on shelves.  Enjoy it at the peril of your very soul.

... on second thought, go with the Buff Gold.

Happy Friday!  Go Buffs, get that 'W!'

Thursday, September 1, 2016

2016 Rocky Mountain Showdown Preview

My views on the RMS are well known by this point: I don't care about the opponent, I don't care about the series, and I don't care about the venue.  It is the ultimate shoulder shrug of an event for me, and one that I feel Colorado Football would be better off to scrap in its entirety.  In that vein, I do not deem it worthy of a full preview.  Instead, bypassing the matchup in its entirety, I will choose to focus this space on the one thing involved that I do care about: the Colorado Buffaloes.

That's right, continuing the childish petulance of the previous two years, I flat out refuse to even name-drop tomorrow night's opponent.  You will find NO MENTION of that team below the fold.  I'm taking the opportunity to preview our Buffs, and only our Buffs. No, this isn't like my basketball preview, and nowhere near 20,000 words; don't be afraid.  Just a brief, superficial look at the team, and where I see them headed in 2016.

So, without further adieu, here we go...


Hype music for the week: "Friday" by Rebecca Black

Have I mentioned before that I hate this series?  'Kill it with fire,' I say, which just so happens to be the same reaction I had the first time I heard this 'song' from pop star (?) Rebecca Black.  Oh, and, wouldn't you know, the RMS this year is being played on a Friday.  It's like this rat poison of a game and this ear cancer of a song were a match made in heaven!  So, those of you riding out to Mile High tomorrow, roll down your windows and crank this beast... 'cause it's Friday, Friday.  Enjoy!


Kickoff from the *sigh* 88th edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown will come Friday evening at 6pm from Sports Authority Field.  Much like the company named on the side of the stadium, the series itself has long since run its course, deserving of a complete and total rewrite, but I digress.  If, like me, you aren't going down to Denver to watch in person, you can follow the action on ESPN or AM 760.  If you are going to the game... don't forget to bring a towel... er, I mean, wear black.

For reference, you can find my previews from previous iterations of this series hereherehereherehere, and here.... my God, this is my seventh season of football coverage. If that ain't a plea for help, I don't know what is.

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