Kroenke’s dollar, high school sports, Colorado should organize one of the majors

February 16, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke holds the Vince Lombardi trophy in the Super Bowl LVI tournament parade. Compulsory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Strike One: If you’re a fan of the Denver Nuggets, you’re probably scratching your head right now, wondering who makes the decisions at Kroenke Sports Enterprises and why.

The news has arrived that Tim Connelly, president of Nuggets basketball operations, is courting rivals Minnesota Timberwolves. If you follow the hoops closely, you understand what a great job Connelly has done to make the Nuggets a legitimate competitor in the rugged NBA Western Conference.

The T-Wolves offer Connelly a boat to move to 10,000 Lakes Land. The Nuggets owner seems to be sitting quietly on the shore, waiting to see if they can hire a replacement. Maybe they are, but they don’t seem ready to pay Connelly even close to what Minnesota offers.

Again, why?

There is a story of “why?” When you see these kinds of decisions made by KSE. Why was George Karl Hall of Fame released when Denver hit a record 57 wins and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2013? (Hint, Charles asked for an extension of his contract and asked for more money.) Why did they let Masai Uji leave the annual League Director to go to Toronto and see him become the power to win the Raptors 2019 NBA title after that season? (Again, follow the money.)

After that couple left, the Nuggets went into a five-year unimportant period before Connelly’s rebuilding took root. He wrote a MVP for the Future Hall of Fame / Twice in the second round as a key part of that process to build better. He has proven to be incredibly good at his job.

Sure, Connelly has made a couple of mistakes along the way (giving the often-injured Michael Porter Jr. maximum offer isn’t so good at the moment), but you can’t question the results or the promise of the near future. . The last four seasons have been a Denver playoff game, overcoming major injuries along the way. This is largely due to Connelly’s ongoing work.

Why would they think of letting them walk?

It’s not like KSE doesn’t award new contracts. Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, a hugely talented team, has been knocked out of the second round of the NHL playoffs for three years in a row (and is back in the second round right now) before he was given a nice contract extension before, even after, the season. Karl was condemned to the same kind of failure in the playoffs.

Why?

Also, why can’t most fans watch Nuggets and Avalanche on local cable TV?

Stan Kroenke is one of the richest men in the world. He is the owner of the current Super Bowl champions and the man behind the construction of the largest football stadium on the planet. However, when it comes to judging the value of some key employees, Kroenk has more dollars than it makes sense.

With strike: Dear Colorado High School Administrators:

The purpose of this open letter is simple: to report and ask for a solution to an ongoing problem.

In many high schools, officials are still planning graduation events for mid-May Saturday mornings or evenings, which are in direct conflict with the events of the CHSAA spring sports tournament on the court and field, baseball and football.

Your seniors can’t be in two places at once.

You already know that, of course, but you’re not worried about that. They just choose to be in one or the other, right? Isn’t that a big deal?

Sorry, but that’s it yes a great thing. Mainly because it doesn’t have to be.

Forcing children – those who have practiced the tail in the sport of their choice for the last four years – to choose which events they will take part in once in a lifetime? Really? Is that a quality part of the education process?

In fact, it is a great place for any student-athlete to enter. And it’s only spring sportsmen who are treated that way.

We understand how difficult the last three years have been. We understand that the work you do is underestimated, and when that goal comes up, you try to get there with as little struggle as possible. We get that.

But what you athletics must be understood are A key part of the high school learning experience, and until your job is really complete full it is an experience. The work done in the classroom and on the sports field must go hand in hand. You can’t suddenly decide that it’s okay for student-athletes who have tried to get to the top of their sport. and trying to earn their diplomas at the same time – you just missed their last and most important athletics competition because you couldn’t organize an evening graduation ceremony?

It’s horrible, really. The solution is very simple, but very difficult. Why?

Graduation is a definite moment in life that should never be missed for any reason. But unlike state track meetings, it’s mobile. It can be done in many places (including campus, at little cost or nothing) for several hours. He can do graduation – and the meetings that are attached to it easily Schedule for dates and times that do not match the CHSAA tournament calendar.

This is the problem that causes it hundreds student-athletes. And yet, it shouldn’t be a problem at all.

So please Administrators. Do the right thing. When planning your graduation ceremonies for 2023 and beyond, please check with the CHSAA first. There are many days, hours and hours available to organize everything that is important.

Three strikes: The second major golf course – the PGA Championships – provided another exciting finish for television viewers and the giant gallery in attendance at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tulsa. Oklahoma.

Sooner is not an insult to our friends in the state, but it raises a question: When it comes to hosting a major golf tournament, what does Tulsa have to do with Denver? I mean, hey, man.

In all humility, we have so much more than Tulsa here as a major sports town.

There is not enough space here to list all the golf courses in the area that can be adapted to host the PGA or the US Open and give you all the best players in the world to deal with. We’ve had them here before.

Longtime golf fans know that Cherry Hills Country Club has twice hosted the PGA Tour (1941 and 1985) and the US Open three times. Okay, today’s professionals have pretty much increased the length of their Denver golf crown gem outside of their shirts, we get that. The last major event was the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open.

But we have other courses, less historical but probably more difficult, that can be considered and that are especially ready.

It was recently announced that the PGA Tour will return to Castle Pines in 2024. The country club, which has been home to more than two decades of international performances and hosted a final tour in 2006, will host FedEx’s second round. Cup qualifier, BMW Championship, in mid-August of that year. (Cherry Hills hosted this event in 2014.)

After the 1986 International, the usual stop on the Colorado tour could not find a sponsor, so he folded on the tour and left his place. The gods of golf seem to have been furious ever since.

However, we have paid for our penance. We deserve more than one stop every decade. Its golf fans deserve one. And Castle Pines (among others) is ready.

Course designer Jack Nicklaus (a pretty decent player at the time) oversaw some of the adjustments in Castle Pines, and certainly more could be done to make it even harder. The roughness of the US Open would fit in well with the many forests and other challenges. Then there’s the height – which is about 6,700 feet where the tee is taken out – which would add another layer of difficulty to the players who have to make 18 holes in four days in a row.

Maybe the 2024 BMW event can serve as an audition? Maybe other area courses can be hosted?

Maybe the Golf Gods will ask for some kind of sacrifice?

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