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Mike Olson is a weekly columnist for DNVR. The Colorado State University alum was born and raised in Fort Collins and has been writing about Denver sports for the last decade-plus. After over a decade away, he is thrilled to be back in and around Colorado. No place like home.

In another life, I was lucky to work for a fitness company, helping them build out their online presence into the behemoth unicorn they are today. I won’t name names, but they rhymed with, uh… Peachbody. One of their most popular trainers, er… Pony Morton… was the creator of a still-bestselling program called, erm… B90X. Anyway, T… er, Pony often…

Grabbing my dictionary… Mulligan… Mulligan…
1. a stew made from odds and ends of food.
2. (in informal golf) an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, not counted on the scorecard.
3. This nice lady…

As we settle into this Christmas weekend, and no matter which holiday you celebrate, there is truly a plethora of exciting and memory-making sports to grab onto while the world affords most of us a chance to take a deep breath together. A wealth of such opportunities. Such a great gift, and one that is giving close to 365 days a year. Hell, come Tax Day, there’s probably a game or two on to lift my spirits.

Another historic moment in Nuggets history passed by in the past two games without a moment’s fanfare, and if you’ve gotten to know this space, of course it was associated with Nikola Jokic.

“I expect to be great. I expect to do what hasn’t been done. I expect to provoke change.”- Deion Sanders It sure has been shinier around here this last week or so, hasn’t it? Especially if you are a CU Buffs fan. The air is almost… sparkly… https://giphy.com/gifs/nflonprime-amazon-prime-video-zgMB1G59nRVuiGt1x9 Maybe there’s why. That incandescent human being is Prime Time, also known…

My highest scoring quarter in a basketball game in my only year of playing? Two points. My total for that half? Two points. Game total? Two points. Season total?Two. Points. Eight games that season, and I sported a scintillating 0.25 ppg average. Baseball? I wasn’t terrible, but I wasn’t as good as half the kids on my team. The football…

“If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?”― George Carlin

Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless. – Terri Guillemets After one of the more spectacular autumns in recent memory, winter is finally teasing and taunting its way across the high desert, with signs everywhere that the heat is over. Sweaters are out. The smell of wood from chimneys and woodstoves…

While basketball may not be everybody’s cup of tea, the Joker is a decided sea change in how the game has been played for years, and is shifting the nature of the game around him. He’s a Picasso in the middle of the Monet exhibit, changing the perspective of his position and competition. While nearly every player who comes through the league is unique in some way, Jokic is decidedly one of one when it boils down to looking for a player comp.

It’s that golden time in sports that everything is going on. Especially in towns that are still playing baseball, like New York, Philadelphia, and the like, there are sports abounding at every turn. Hell, pro football takes up three evenings of a week, baseball is reaching it’s apex, and long-season twins hockey and basketball are just getting things started with…

When the transcontinental telegraph came into play, that communication gap became all but instantaneous. The Pony Express became so quickly obsolete, they shut their doors two days after the telegraph’s completion. They simply ceased to matter.

You wonder if any of the guys taking the horses back after the closure said, “Let’s ride.”

When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor.- Pat RileyThough Mr. Riley’s words are strong and apt, he’s a funny person…

A few years back while working with a start-up, one of the co-founders sent out a rambling email after a small victory, entitled, “All We Do Is Win”. His evidence was their recent victory (fourth try at it) and his partner’s cool new car. I tried to maintain a straight face while I listened to several of my co-workers laugh…

When the person formerly known as Chris Jackson decided to change his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, he was labelled by some of society as a troublemaker and rabble-rouser. Those labels did not dissuade him from continuing to stand for what he believes, by not standing, actually. When Rauf decided to not stand for the National Anthem based upon his beliefs,…

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