Monthly Archive September 2018


Dodgers rout Giants, head to NL West tiebreaker vs Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO — Justin Turner and the free-swinging Los Angeles Dodgers headed for a one-game showdown against Colorado to determine the NL West champion, jumping on the San Francisco Giants from the start Sunday in a 15-0 win for a weekend sweep.
The Rockies routed Washington 12-0 at Coors Field, setting up a tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The winner will get the division, the loser will go to the NL wild-card game Tuesday.
Walker Buehler was set to start for the Dodgers (91-71) as the defending NL champions try for a sixth straight West title.
Rich Hill (11-5) pitched two-hit ball for seven innings to keep the playoff-bound Dodgers on a roll.
Manny Machado, Matt Kemp and Max Muncy all joined the hit parade as Los Angeles left nothing to chance in Game No. 162. Kemp had a two-run double and RBI single among his three hits.
Los Angeles followed up an 18-hit performance Saturday with 16 more to finish with 43 in the three-game series.
Chris Taylor drew a walk from Andrew Suarez (7-13) to begin the game, Turner followed with an RBI double and the rout was on. Brian Dozier’s two-run homer and a two-run double by Kemp highlighted a seven-run third inning.
The Dodgers clinched baseball’s final playoff berth by beating the Giants 10-6 on Saturday and celebrated with champagne in the visiting clubhouse — then all attention turned to winning another division crown.
So manager Dave Roberts switched from Buehler to Hill (11-5), who delivered. He completed a 5-0 September and won for the sixth time in seven outings beginning Aug. 24. The lefty retired the first 10 batters in order before Joe Panik’s single in the fourth.
Los Angeles needed a stellar showing in its final series.
The Dodgers fell out of the division lead with a 7-2 loss Wednesday at Arizona before taking all three from the injury-plagued Giants (73-89) to close out the final weekend of the regular season.
San Francisco went 5-21 in September but improved on its last-place 2017 finish of 64-98 by nine wins.
Muncy’s pinch-hit homer gave him 34 for the season and the drive splashed into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field arcade. That marked the 44th splash homer by a Giants opponent, fifth by a Dodger and first by an L.A. player since Cody Bellinger on Sept. 13, 2017.
Hunter Pence went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in what was likely his final game with the Giants after 6 1/2 years. There were pins and signs reading “GR8FUL.”
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Pence received big cheers from the sellout crowd as he ran to the outfield some 20 minutes before first pitch and he waved and clapped in appreciation.
Then out in AT&T Park’s vast right field for perhaps the final time in a Giants uniform, he tipped his cap every direction to the rousing ovation. He did the same with his batting helmet before stepping in to lead off the bottom of the first.
A Pence highlight video showed before the bottom of the ninth.
While the Giants drew 3 million fans for a ninth straight season and 17th time in the ballpark’s 19-year history, the 3,156,185 attendance was their lowest since 3,037,443 in 2010.


Rockies demolish Nationals, move onto Game 163 vs. Dodgers with NL West at stake

Game 163.
In Rockies lore, it stands like a holy shrine.
Monday afternoon, there will be another Game 163, this time with the National League West crown at stake. This time, it’ll be the Rockies taking on Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. The two teams earned the right to play the division tiebreaker by winning big Sunday afternoon.
The Rockies demolished the Nationals, 12-0, at Coors Field behind a superb 7 ⅔-inning starting performance by left-hander Tyler Anderson. As the game neared its end, the raucous, sold-out crowd of 47,833 started chanting “Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.”
As if on cue, Charlie Blackmon belted a one-run double in the eighth inning to complete the first cycle of his career, the ninth in franchise history. He led off the first with a triple, blasted a two-run home run in the third and singled in the fifth.
The Dodgers, winners of the last five NL West titles, bludgeoned the Giants, 14-0, at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
Monday’s first pitch is set for 2:09 p.m. MDT. The winner of the tiebreaker game wins the National League West title and will host Atlanta in the best-of-five National League division series beginning Thursday. The loser is the No. 2 wild-card team and plays Tuesday at either Milwaukee or Chicago in a one-game playoff.
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Monday marks 11 years, to the day, that Colorado beat San Diego 9-8 in 13 innings, with Matt Holliday crash landing at home plate to send the Rockies onto a playoff run that landed them in the World Series. This time, the  Rockies have a chance to win their first division title in their 26 years of existence.
Colorado got Rocktober-worthy home runs from Nolan Arenado, David Dahl and Trevor Story. Actually, Arenado blasted two over the left-field wall, Nos. 36 and 37 (a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo home run in the seventh).
Anderson, who missed his last scheduled start because of a sore shoulder, and who suffered through a miserable stretch from mid-August until early September, struggled early. Victor Robles and Trea Turner opened the game with back-to-back singles.  He got out of the mess by inducing Bryce Harper to ground into a double play. Anderson issued back-to-back walks to open the second and needed another double play to escape.
But after that, Anderson dominated the Nationals with his fastball, cutter and changeup. His final line: four hits, five strikeouts and three walks. He received a roaring standing ovation.

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Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon hits for cycle in season finale against Nationals

Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle in Sunday’s game against the Nationals, the ninth cycle in Rockies history and the first since Nolan Arenado’s walk-off cycle on Father’s Day in 2017.
Blackmon led off with a triple to right in the first inning, and then followed that with a two-run home run in the third, an infield single in the fifth and a double in the eighth to cement the 18th cycle in Coors Field history.
It was the first career cycle for Blackmon, who was pulled by manager Bud Black to a standing ovation by the home crowd following his double which scored Chris Iannetta and extended Colorado’s lead to 10-0.
While both cruising to blowout wins on Sunday, Colorado and Los Angeles set up a tiebreaker game for the NL West crown at Chavez Ravine on Monday afternoon.


Tony Frank steps down as CSU president

The president of Colorado State University is resigning his post as he transitions to working full time as chancellor for the entire university system, he announced Sunday.
Tony Frank sent an email to students and staff Sunday explaining the transition, which will become effective July 1. Frank has served as the chancellor since June 2015 while also working as CSU’s president, a position he’s held since 2008.
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“In that full-time role, I hope to continue the work we’ve begun at the System-level in the last few years – integrating operations and leveraging opportunities across our System campuses, interacting with government at the state and federal levels on behalf of our students and faculties, and supporting the presidents of our campuses as they lead these wonderful CSU institutions,” he wrote in his email.
Frank held a number of roles at the university before becoming president, including positions as the university’s provost and executive vice president, the vice president for research and the chairman of the pathology department.


AP college football poll: Undefeated Colorado Buffaloes climb into No. 21 spot

After winning top-10 matchups, Ohio State moved up to No. 3 and Notre Dame rose to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll. For the second straight week, there was major turnover at the bottom of the Top 25.
No. 1 Alabama and Georgia mainted the top two spots in the media ranking . The Crimson Tide received 58 first-place votes on Sunday. Ohio State moved past Clemson after rallying in the fourth quarter at Penn State. Clemson slipped to No. 4 after a close victory at home against Syracuse. The Buckeyes and Tigers each received a first-place vote.
LSU held steady at No. 5 and Notre Dame moved up two spots after beating Stanford. Oklahoma fell to No. 7 and No. 9 West Virginia returned to the top 10 for the first time since 2012, when it reached No. 5 early in the season. Washington also moved into the top 10 after routing BYU.
For the second straight week, seven ranked teams lost, though with five games matching ranked teams that was not much of a surprise. Still, it is only the second time since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989 that there were consecutive weeks in which at least five teams dropped out. On Sept. 19, 1999, five teams dropped out; six teams did the following week.
The teams at the bottom of last week’s ranking did not fare well. Nos. 22-24 all lost and were dumped by voters.
— BYU dropped out after getting blown out by Washington.
— Duke lost for the first time this season and is out after one week.
— Mississippi State lost its second straight game and is unranked for the first time this season.
— California and Texas Tech both had one-week stays in the ranking after each lost Saturday at home.
— No. 21 Colorado is the only unbeaten team left in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes are ranked for the first time since the final 2016 poll.
— No. 22 Florida is back in. Suddenly, losing at No. 13 Kentucky doesn’t seem so bad for the Gators.
— No. 23 North Carolina State is ranked for the first time this year after finishing in the Top 25 last season.
— No. 24 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Oklahoma State are back in the ranking after one week out.
There were only 60 votes in this week’s poll instead of the usual 61.
For the third straight week, the Southeastern Conference has the top two teams, though Ohio State is only 10 points behind Georgia.
SEC — 6.
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Big Ten — 5.
ACC — 4.
Big 12 — 4.
Pac- 12 — 4.
American — 1.
Independent — 1.
No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Florida. Gators will be the third ranked opponent already for the Tigers.
No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech. First trip to Blacksburg, Virginia, for the Fighting Irish.
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 19 Texas in Dallas. The first time since 2012 the Red River Rivalry features two ranked teams. Don’t blame the Sooners. The Longhorns have not been ranked in any of the games while OU has.

The AP Top 25 poll
The AP Top 25 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks college football’s best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first place vote, 24 for second place and so on through to the 25th team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams’ point totals from highest to lowest.


1. Alabama (58)

2. Georgia

3. Ohio State (1)

4. Clemson (1)

5. LSU

6. Notre Dame

7. Oklahoma

8. Auburn

9. West Virginia

10. Washington

11. Penn State

12. UCF

13. Kentucky

14. Stanford

15. Michigan

16. Wisconsin

17. Miami (Fla.)

18. Oregon

19. Texas

20. Michigan State

21. Colorado

22. Florida

23. North Carolina State

24. Virginia Tech

25. Oklahoma State

Dropped out of poll: BYU (20), Duke (22), Mississippi State (23), California (24), Texas Tech (25).

Others receiving votes: Boise St. 86, South Florida 83, Syracuse 74, Cincinnati 35, Iowa 34, Texas A&M 31, Washington St. 14, TCU 13, California 10, Maryland 10, Missouri 8, Mississippi St. 3, Boston College 3, BYU 3, Arizona St. 2, Appalachian St. 2, Duke 1, Hawaii 1, San Diego St. 1.


Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 letters: setbacks, Jon Caldara, more reaction to Donald Trump Jr. commentary

Picking a side on the oil and gas setbacks in Prop 112
Re: “No on Proposition 112: It will hurt families, economy,” Sept. 23 commentary
Proposition 112 likely would result in a significant curtailment of oil and gas development along the Front Range. Take a moment and look at your home utility bills for the last year and add up just how much natural gas (methane) was used to heat your home and water, and cook your meals. The point of this exercise isn’t actually the amount, it’s to remind us that we choose to use natural gas because we like warm homes in the winter, hot showers, and cooked food.
Whether you don’t want oil and gas operations near you, are opposed to fracking, or wish to address climate change, the real problem is not an offset distance. The ultimate solution is to find an alternative to using natural gas. Let’s put our heads together to quickly find that solution and be appreciative that, until we figure the solution out, we have a temporary means in our backyard — the production of natural gas.
And if you just must vote yes for Proposition 112, then save the oil to drive to the voting booth and just walk out the back door of your house with a wrench and shut off your natural gas.
Lance Masoner, Boulder

Re: “Economy vs. health?” Sept. 17 news story
Like most concerned Coloradans, I have been trying to understand the health and safety as well as economic implications of Proposition 112. One thing is not clear to me: Why do the proposed 2,500 foot buffer zone restrictions for all new oil and gas developments include “reservoirs, lakes, rivers, perennial or intermittent streams, and creeks?” I ask because I was stunned by the map The Post published showing that nearly the entire eastern plains would be off-limits to new drilling under this proposal. These areas are sparsely populated and I can only conclude they are in the proposed buffer zones because of a nearby dry creek bed or irrigation pond. I am inclined to think Proposition 112 is overly broad.
Edward Carlstead, Denver

Re: “Yes on Proposition 112: Why sensible setbacks matter,” Sept. 23 commentary
I stand with my Colorado neighbors who want reasonable limits on fracking close to neighborhoods. Like most of them, I don’t want to run oil and gas operations out of the state. I just worry — with good reason — about deadly explosions, fires, and other health and safety risks so close to where we live and where children play.
The common-sense buffer zone established by Proposition 112 aligns with evacuation zones used by first responders and a growing body of peer-reviewed studies that show an increased risk of negative health impacts within a half a mile of fracking, including elevated cancer risk, respiratory problems, birth defects and low birth weight.
Contrary to the insinuation of Dan Haley of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Proposition 112 did not come from “outside people” but from concerned Colorado mothers, fathers, homeowners, physicians, teachers, and others who care about health, safety, and Colorado’s natural beauty.
This is a real David and Goliath fight … with the Goliath oil and gas industry already spending to defeat the measure over thirty times what our Colorado citizens have raised.
Please vote for common-sense health, safety and environmental protection. Vote Yes on 112!
Judy Lubow, Longmont

I want to thank Erika Stutzman Deakin for her beautiful column supporting Proposition 112.
Like Erika, I am frustrated and angry. I am worried, too. My daughter suffers from asthma. The Colorado School of Public Health reports that people living near fracking wells suffer from sore throats and difficulty breathing. My family is still fortunate enough to live relatively far from the nearest oil and gas well, but what will happen to my daughter when fracking operations move into our neighborhood?
The simple truth is that current setbacks are nowhere near big enough to protect the health of Coloradans, especially children.
Megan Barickman, Broomfield

I love to hate reading Caldara, but it’s getting old
Re: “Proposition 111 assumes poor people are stupid,” Sept. 23 commentary
I’ve been loving to hate reading Jon Caldara since his days in Boulder. While the lean of his opinions is necessary to the practice of free speech, his formula is getting old: Say something provocative, play out that scenario to a ridiculous conclusion, then say the opposite to make it sound like a reasonable alternative. Its a time-worn device used to try and convince us the writer is clever and objective — a thinker. But after the 100th time, you wonder if its just lazy writing —provocative to get the headline, with no real meat in the argument.
Caldara’s latest piece about legislation meant to protect vulnerable populations from predatory lending is exactly this formula, and it misses the point of the legislation — of all legislation, in fact — protecting people from themselves. The unvarnished reality is simple and sad — the poor are more aware than the rich the value of money — but they are also more desperate. That’s what Mr. Caldara forgets — that whether a beggar on the street deserves his fate or not, he is still hungry and hurting. As a society, we can give him a fish or we can teach him to fish — legislation against these lenders is the beginning of the latter. I would hope a conservative would understand that logic. As for stupidity? I don’t know whether Mr. Caldara truly believes the poor are stupid, but he is treating his readers like we’re not smart enough to think through the argument.
Dennis Laughren, Golden

Donald Trump Jr.’s op-ed was gross and irresponsible
Re: “Dems: The party of anarchy,” Sept. 23 commentary
I had to read Donald Trump Jr.’s article twice to notice, apart from its numerous falsehoods (e.g. Democrats’ “embrace of open borders,” a charge that has been repeatedly demonstrated to be a malicious lie), that five of the first seven people he mentions as emblematic of the ludicrous charge that Democrats represent “a complete disregard for law, order, and basic decency” (charges which are particularly rich coming in defense of a man who has been accused of criminal sexual assault) are African-American.
The article is race-baiting, pure and simple, and The Post, if it wishes to maintain its reputation as a respectable journalistic institution, should not be facilitating the airing of such hatred.
Paul Tullis, Boulder

I am so dismayed over your publishing of Donald Trump Jr.’s words about Democrats becoming “the party of lawlessness and anarchy” that I am literally sick.
His essentialist rhetoric exemplifies the adaptive psychological tendency to categorize people into homogeneous groups. When he states that “radical Democratic ‘activists’ ” have committed unlawful acts, he needs to look through the lens of history. The “activists” he describes as unlawful are a far cry from real left-wing activists — the Weather Underground, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and elements of Students for a Democratic Society, who committed robbery, kidnapping, and murder.
Today, left-wing violence is at an all-time low in America though Donald Trump Jr. would have us believe otherwise when he states that lawlessness and anarchy are Democratic Party values.
No one, except those willing to group people by race, religion, sexual orientation, or now by party affiliation, would accept that Republicans have become the party of sexual predators, Democrats have become the party of lawlessness and anarchy, or that Independents exemplify opioid addiction. Connecting unrelated dots seems to be Trump Jr.s’ innate forté, and hence we see legal judgments driven by essentialist rhetoric which overrides moral governance in the Administration he works for.
The Democratic activism that Donald Trump Jr. deliberately claims is embracing “lawlessness and anarchy” exhibits his lack of critical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities. However, he does seem to excel at creative problem-making.
David Mesple, Berthoud

I am appalled by the content of Donald Trump Jr.’s “Guest Commentary,” which is filled with broad, inflammatory, and unsubstantiated charges. However, recognizing the source, I can accept that the tendency toward such rantings may well be hereditary.
What I cannot understand or accept is the decision of The Denver Post’s editorial staff to present this biased “vomit-ary” under the boldest headline I can recall seeing on the front page of the “Perspective” section.
Too many of the few people who still read newspapers limit their attention to headlines. You do a disservice to such readers (and to others) by highlighting such an outrageous accusation.
Wynn Montgomery, Erie

Even though you have already posted responses regarding his op-ed, I just have to respond as well.
It was shocking, disgusting and extremely disappointing that you posted a supposed “commentary” from Trump Jr. because it was, quite simply, an opportune moment to post a free political ad with God-only-knows how many newspapers.
You know, when you do things like that, there are an incredible number of gullible readers who believe that if it’s in print (i.e. a newspaper), it is the absolute truth.
What you did was indicate your support for a man who is quite simply an unstable, lying, crazy person running the country. Your paper is the only newspaper in Colorado that we are able to get for local news so your apparent support of the current president is appalling. You should NOT be involved outwardly in political support for anyone. Everyone should now get equal time and opportunities to also be allowed a “commentary” of anything they want.
Kayce Brosseth, Parker
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FBI interviewed Deborah Ramirez on Sunday as part of investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, via FacebookDeborah Ramirez
Investigators with the FBI on Sunday interviewed the Boulder woman who said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party in the early 1980s, a source close to the investigation told The Denver Post.
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Deborah Ramirez spoke with the investigators and gave them the names of other witnesses, the source said. John Clune, Ramirez’s attorney, said Saturday that the FBI had reached out to Ramirez.
The source declined to give any more information about the interview.
Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez’s account that he exposed himself to her and thrust his genitalia in her face during a party at a Yale dormitory when they were both students there, as reported Sept. 23 by The New Yorker.
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Previewing Monday’s NL West tiebreaker game as Rockies battle Dodgers for first division title

The showdown is set. The Rockies versus the Dodgers, Monday afternoon at Chavez Ravine, one game to decide the National League West title.
On the mound will be a pair of young, talented pitchers as Colorado eyes its first divisional crown and Los Angeles eyes a sixth consecutive title.
Second-year right-hander German Marquez, 23, will throw for the Rockies while rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, 24, takes the ball for Los Angeles for a 2:09 MT first pitch from Dodger Stadium. Colorado looks to push Los Angeles to 0-7 when the division is decided by one game since the franchise moved to California for the 1958 season.
“We’re going to have to be ready,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “But then again, they’re going to have to be ready for our guy, too. It’s great, because it’s two of the best young starting pitchers in the big leagues, pitching in this kind of critical game.”
Marquez has been sensational since the all-star break, posting a 2.55 ERA in 13 starts. The Venezuelan tied the Major League record with eight consecutive strikeouts to begin his last outing last week against Philadelphia. In addition, his 221 strikeouts so far this season broke Ubaldo Jimenez’s single-season club strikeout record.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the National League, in my opinion, especially in the second half,” Black said.
The right-hander has posted a 2.57 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles this season, yielding six runs in 21 innings with 22 strikeouts, five walks and four home runs. One of Marquez’s best starts of the season came on June 30 at Dodger Stadium, a 3-1 Colorado win. Marquez tossed eight innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts.
Buehler has started five times against the Rockies in 2018, posting a 2.61 ERA in 31 innings. Los Angeles started Rich Hill in its 15-0 rout of San Francisco on Sunday, pushing Buehler back from his scheduled start.
Black knows Buehler’s lack of big-league experience is less likely to be a factor considering his overall makeup.
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“This kid is a really good pitcher — a big fastball at 97, 98 miles per hour with a good curveball, and he’s athletic with a good feel for the slider while also mixing in the change,” Black said, “He’s a (first-round) pick, a college pitcher who’s been built the right way.”
Los Angeles won the season series over Colorado, 12-7, which is why the Dodgers are hosting the tiebreaker. That includes a three-game sweep at Chavez Ravine from Sept. 17-19, one which put the Rockies’ postseason hopes on the brink at the time.
It was Marquez who reeled the Rockies back from that brink with a solid start against Arizona the following game, which sparked the team winning nine of its final 10.
“I know it’s my time, and I’m going to do my job,” Marquez said. “I’ll keep it simple, and keep doing what I’ve been doing. This is a big moment to me. Last year I felt the big feeling of the wild card game (despite being left off the roster), so I’m excited.”

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Colorado Buffaloes football team cracks both major Top 25 polls

Welcome back  to the Top 25, Buffs.
For the first time since winning the Pac-12 South in 2016, the University of Colorado football team is ranked thanks to an undefeated record. The Buffaloes came in at No. 21 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll and at No. 22 in the coaches poll.
Colorado dominated UCLA on Friday, 38-16, at Folsom Field, pushing its record 4-0 for the first time since 1998. The Buffs are one of 14 undefeated teams in the NCAA FBS.
The Buffs (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) have been receiving votes in the AP poll since winning at Nebraska in Week 2 and entered this past weekend’s games one spot outside of the Top 25.
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Mountain biker dies on expert trail at Snowmass ski area

ASPEN — A 61-year-old mountain biker died on an expert trail at the Snowmass ski area in central Colorado.
Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle tells The Aspen Times the man was apparently riding alone on the Valhalla trail Saturday afternoon when the accident happened. He said there were no witnesses.
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Hanle says Skico patrol received a call shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday from a biker who found the man. An off-duty ski patroller started CPR. Emergency responders continued CPR for 25 minutes before stopping.
Hanle says the man’s name and cause of death will be released by the Pitkin County coroner’s office.
The death is the second mountain-biking death on the trail in just over a year. David Duff of Kentucky, who was 67, fractured his neck in July 2017 after losing control of his bike on a series of jumps.
Information from: The Aspen Times,