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“Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.” – George Whitefield “It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.” – Thomas Fuller It was pretty damned dark for your Colorado Avalanche 17 days ago, having just lost their third game in a row, and finding themselves on the…...

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“Give me one man from among ten thousand if he is the best.” – Heraclitus I well remember where I was at the night that Halley’s Comet passed by earth in 1986, as I was just starting to fall in love with astronomy and astrophysics at the deepest dumb-it-down for me level. The rarity of the Halley’s event combined with…...

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“It’s one thing to have the faith to get started, but it’s another thing to have the fortitude to finish strong.” – Kami Dempsey Believe it or not, during the fourth quarter of the Denver Nuggets game against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, it was a close affair. Toronto had played tough all evening, with neither team seeing much…...

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You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step. – Martin Luther King As an awkward and shy kid, I’d struggled to find many team sports that suited me when I’d try. When I got to middle school, a couple of posters hung around campus were shilling for athletes who liked to do things “solo”, and…...

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A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington Life is designed to lull you to sleep. While you always want to think you’re giving your best in every circumstance, human beings are made to budget their energy. Whether it’s our brains glossing over repetitive tasks, or choosing to coast when we know we have…...

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“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” ~ Carl Jung I still remember it as clearly as day. I was goofing around with a few of my dearest friends, and I looked across the room. She… stunning, beautiful she was sitting in a chair, chatting with…...

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“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle, sort of As a kid, I grew up watching a ton of cartoons, especially on Saturday mornings during my second or third giant bowl of Fruity Pebbles (don’t judge me). The capstone of my Saturday funfest was Voltron, a Japanese series that was rewritten and revoiced for American…...

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“You can’t win if you don’t play as a unit.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “You can’t win if you don’t play.” – The Colorado Lottery In my fourth year of club soccer, our team had hit the apex of its possibility. We’d squeezed every bit of juice we could out of our current roster, and still couldn’t make things click. We…...

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It was the first test in my collegiate music history class, and I’d spent hours getting my Bachs, Beethovens, and Mozarts straight so I could regurgitate who did what where, when, and how. I was ready for anything. Anything. My professor walked into the room with… a record player. Uh oh. He strolled down to the far end of the…...

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“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.” – Mizuta Misahide Quite a beautiful attitude, isn’t it? The picture of the resilient spirit. I could only aspire to such things, as if my barn were burning, I would not be thinking of the view, nor breaking out the marshmallows. I’d more than probably be lamenting my poor…...

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“Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” – John W. Gardner Most tasks, no matter how complex they seem, can often be broken down into a series of simpler goals. This is especially true in professional sports, where complex sequences that seem outside the bounds of mere mortals can usually be broken down into more mundane bits and bytes. In…...

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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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