Category Archives: sports/religion

Surfing the Arkansas River

So about five years ago a good friend turned me on to paddle boarding by taking me down a stretch of the Gunnison River.  It was like walking on water, I was hooked.

A few years later I got an inflatable board of my own.  I’ve gone out on a few lakes around town, and more recently I’ve been exploring stretches of rivers for surf spots.

It’s hard to describe how it feels, but it’s not dissimilar to skiing powder – you have gravity (or in the case of surfing, the wave) pushing you from behind, and then you have the weight of the snow holding you back  (or the flow of the river).  You’re just trying to find a balance between the two forces, floating in place.


America’s Cup Comeback

You don’t have to be a fan of sailing to appreciate the last two races in the America’s Cup series – jaw dropping boat speeds and postcard views of the San Francisco Bay are enough to draw in even casual observers.  Then consider that the hometown defenders of the cup have surged back from a seemingly insurmountable eight to one deficit to tie the series up.

Tomorrow’s race will determine the winner of the 34th America’s Cup.

Which ever way it goes, it’ll be one for the books.



Internal Departure



To be a sports fan for any team is to ride the roller coaster of emotion as they kill, and then get killed. Watching the Broncos play football for the last three decades has been nothing short of manic. From “The Drive” that kicked off three Superbowl losses for Elway, to his redemption in winning back to back, praises and damnation have been aplenty.

One moniker that began as a disparaging remark, “The Denver Donkeys” (picture sports cartoon – horse toothed Elway with a tail), has actually becoming an endearing phrase…and even morphed into a lexicon.

On any given day they are the Broncos, and they are the Donkeys. Superbowl champions and barnyard orphans all rolled into one. This season especially, with foal Tebow reversing the teams fortunes midstream, embodies the full spectrum of redonkulousness that is the Broncos.

When I asked another orange and blue if he’d watched the crushing loss to the Patriots back in December, his response: “Yes I did, and, well, that was RE-donkulous.”

When the Broncos upset the Steelers in the first round of the playoffs, well that was more “FUCKing reDONKulous!”

When Jimmy Fallon covers David Bowie to mock Tim Tebow, well that’s just pure comedy.