I know this is a Civil War blog but I am also a sports nut and a Colorado fan. Rockies, Avs, Nuggets, Broncos, CU Buffaloes, (I'll even root for the CSU Rams when they are not playing my alma mater). This was an exciting weekend. First my Buffs beat #3 Oklahoma 27-24. The Buffs are not going to win too many games but you can see the improvement they're making and maybe down the road we'll challenge again for Big 12 titles. Upsetting Oklahoma was huge and if we beat Nebraska to end the season it will be a great year. (Basically if we are not going to win the Big 12 beating Nebraska turns a mediocre season into a good season).
And the Rockies have had a great run to finish the season. Over the weekend they forced a tiebreaker game with the Padres to determine the wildcard winner. Last night in dramatic fashion they won the tiebreaker game and entered the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. In the 13th inning the Padres took a 2 run lead, 8-6. But in the bottom half of the inning the Rockies hit back-to-back doubles to leadoff the inning, followed with a triple to tie the score and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly. I'm still not sure the runner touched home to score that winning run but the umpire said safe and so it stands (a few innings earlier a home run was ruled a double because the umpire didn't see if the ball bounced off a first row seat or the top of the fence before coming back into play, if that homer had counted the game never goes into extra innings, karma payback? maybe). The National League teams are all pretty closely bunched in terms of record so the Rockies are not prohibitive underdogs even though they are the wildcard. In fact with the win last night they have 90 wins which ties them for most wins in the NL, took us an extra game to get there though. We have as good a chance as any NL team of going to the World Series.
Of course the weekend wasn't entirely great as the Broncos lost, but I really didn't expect them to do much in Indianapolis. And the Avs start their season this week. Its a great time to be a Colorado sports fan.