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“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt I’d been playing club soccer for four years when the famine hit. Our league ran across three states, and played a 12-game regular season, with the upper half of the league meeting for a playoff every year. In…...

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“To live is to war with trolls” – Henrik Ibsen With that quote, you’d think Mr. Ibsen to be the latest social media sensation, instead of the Norwegian playwright who wrote Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler, and many other classics before passing away 115 years ago. Safe to say, there are some things that time doesn’t seem to affect much. Apparently…

“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” – Unknown “Stick with what you’re good at.” -Stephen King’s first publisher. And second… And… Stephen King’s first novel Carrie was released in 1974, and was immediately hailed for its storytelling and horror. Even with the plaudits, it was not an immediate…...

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Altitude analyst, reporter, and host Katy Winge was kind enough to catch up with DNVR during a little down time in her busy schedule. DNVR/Mike Olson: Hello! Been a little while! Last we chatted, Altitude had just assigned you to multiple roles. You seem to be thriving, and it feels as if things have only expanded. Katy Winge: It’s wonderful.…...

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“Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience – waiting, and thinking and doing things right.” – Gary Paulsen My first gig in radio came after almost two years of interning (read: volunteering) at my favorite local station. I had doggedly put in 23 months of splicing, dicing, and vocal frying to finally find myself working the midnight-to-6am shift…...

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“I would walk 500 miles And I would walk 500 more Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles To fall down at your door” – The Proclaimers 500 is… A lot. 500 is almost always a lot. Walking 500 miles? You’d be hurting. Probably limping. Eating 500 hot dogs? You’d probably burst. Breaking that five dollar bill…...

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The second-worst sunburn of my life was borne out of a bad combination of my love of sports and sheer stupidity. Many of my nearest and dearest would argue that those two things are one and the same. On that day, they may have been right. As a kid in Fort Collins, I spent a day standing outside of Moby…...

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“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley Jamal Murray’s last-second shot was taking its second bounce off the rim before falling awry, and his head dropped as he walked back to the bench. The Denver Nuggets were winding down the third quarter against the resurgent…...

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Now we’re up in the big leagues Gettin’ our turn at bat As long as we live It’s you and me, baby There ain’t nothin’ wrong with that – The Jeffersons Six seasons ago, the Denver Nuggets brought what they were hoping was a savior to savor for an extended stretch with the team. And while head coach Michael Malone…...

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“Wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect” – Johnathan Lockwood Huie On the first day of DNVR Christmas, my sports loves gave to me: Drew Lock throwing like Drew Brees It still may not be every week, but Lock certainly acquitted himself nicely last Sunday after what can only be described as a spotty season. If the Lock…...

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When Carmelo Anthony (somewhat) unceremoniously left the Denver Nuggets, the fanbase that had fallen for him was (somewhat) justifiably offended. In the decade since, feelings have softened about the impact Melo had on the franchise, and how he will eventually be regarded. Hell, he may even have his number retired… Well, at one point he may have, anyway. You have to…...

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“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” – Seneca “May I have your attention, please?” – S. Shady “Our starting one and our starting five are pretty well cemented.” – Denver Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone Nikola Jokic. Jamal Murray. Paul Millsap. Gary Harris. Will Barton. No need for name tags. If you’ve been a fan or even…...

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“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Gandhi Pre-COVID, I was sitting at one of my favorite local diners, sitting at a table in the front window, and watching the world go by. There were tables just beyond the glass on the wide sidewalk as…...

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“The toughest job in baseball is being the General Manager” – Ken Harrelson An old friend of mine has “the most boring job in the world”, at least according to him. He works for one of the world’s largest paint manufacturers, looking at color shifts as the paint goes from wet to dry. No, seriously. He quite literally watches paint…...

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“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” I’m fortunate to get to spend most of my work days fighting against the seven most costly words for any business. I get to consult with many of them in finding ways they might make changes that…...

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Coming into the 1976 NFL season, the league added two new teams into the mix in the Seattle Seahawks and the Teams amp Bay Buccaneers. Seattle had a rough go of it, not winning a game until Game 6, and finishing their season 2-12. But the Bucs… Whoa, the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay lost every game of their inaugural season, one…...

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At its peak, NBC’s legendary sitcom Friends garnered a fanbase, accolades, and ratings that might even make a television executive blush. The show surpassed being a hit early on in its arc, and went on to be one of the biggest juggernauts in television history. When the show was finally ending, the execs knew a spinoff might never pull the…...

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“Show me a gracious loser, and I’ll show you a failure” – Knute Rockne One of the best Colorado sports stories of the last decade cost Doc Rivers his job. While the Rocky Mountain region celebrated the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and their improbable path to a second-round win against the Los Angeles Clippers, Rivers was the easy route and easy…...

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People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history” -Vice President Dan Quayle Well, if anyone would know… While his spelling of a spud was one of the strangest things about V.P. Quayle, his gift for malapropism serves us well in this context. Sometimes, a someone or something gets a little…...

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Atreyu: What is the Nothing? G’mork: It’s the emptiness that’s left. It’s like a despair, destroying this world. – The Neverending Story Come on. You wanted to ride Falkor, the giant sock puppet from that movie. Admit it. Though my ride these days would go a little more like… In many ways, the seasonal bubbles that major sports are going…...

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