The last game of our Denver sports weekend was a matchup of the Rockets and Nuggets. We'd seen the Nuggets play just a year before in LA against the Clippers, but this was already a fairly different team. The biggest name that was playing for them that game was probably Timofey Mozgov, so I was a lot more excited to see what James Harden and Dwight Howard had to show. But this Nuggets team played hard (at least on this night) and surprised us by coming away with the win and throwing in a few SportsCenter top 10 plays for good measure.
Some people can say they were at the first game at a stadium, first game where this that and the other happened, but how many people can say they were at the first game a professional franchise ever played? Our tour guide could. The Rockies haven't been around for too long, but neither that nor the snow detracted from the stadium tour. We got to see lots of cool nooks and crannies from the stadium, and more than any other tour that we've been on, I felt like I found out some areas that I want to try and get tickets to the next time we see a game or a series down in Denver. The stadium definitely puts the fans first, and there are some places where you can sit that aren't like a lot of other stadiums.
When I first started getting into football, I was a big Colts fan, and primarily because of Peyton Manning. The things I really liked about him were 1. He played college ball at Tennessee (every female basketball player in my generation dreamed of playing for Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols); 2. He was hilarious whenever he'd do anything off the field like commercials or SNL; and 3. He was really really good. Unfortunately, Jim Irsay got rid of him, so my love of the Colts left me with the along with the tears I shed during the press conference where it was announced (not exaggerating). And even more unfortunate was that he went to the Broncos. In Montana, you either love or hate the Broncos, and I certainly wasn't a fan. Despite that, though, I still wanted him to succeed and was excited to see him play live. So naturally he got hurt a few weeks before this game (hurt, benched, who's to say) and so I was instead watching a quarterback who I had already seen play at the high school level, Brock Osweiler. For the record, he lost to my high school.
What redeemed this game was that we were seeing a whole new Raiders team from the last game we had gone to. New fun young quarterback (Derek Carr), new stud pass rusher (Khalil Mack), and a new coach (Jack Del Rio). Joel had never seen the Raiders win in all his times at Mile High, so what better time to break that slump than his first game there with me?
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.