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Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

Friday, February 15, 2008 7:13 AM

The Title Defense Begins Today - Spring Training '08

The shortest offseason in Rockies history ends today as the pitchers and catchers report to Tucson for Spring Training.  It's only a little over 6 weeks until Opening Day and the Home Opener is only 5 days after that.  I'm really looking forward to this season and I'm hoping that we'll continue to build on the NL Championship from last year.

Go Rockies!

 
By: Shane
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Just Like Football!

Saturday, February 9, 2008 7:25 PM

Just Like Football! - CU 72 - OU 58

Today, Andrea and I took Grandpa to the CU-Oklahoma basketball game up in Boulder.  Up in Boulder, we also met John and KT for the game.  It was a great game, with CU winning 72-58 for their second conference win of the season.  It was pretty good crowd and the word of the blackout was spread well.  The CU students started the best chant I've heard in a while at the under 4 minute timeout when it was becoming more clear that CU was going to win, chanting "Just Like Football!" clap--clap--clap-clap-clap, referencing the 27-24 CU upset over #2 Oklahoma this fall.

After the game, we went to dinner with Grandpa at the Madrid Lounge.  It was definitely a fun day.  Go Buffs!

 
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Caucusing in Colorado

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 11:22 AM

Colorado for Obama

Last night was a very interesting evening from the perspective of learning about the political process.  I was completely amazed that the Democratic caucus workers at our precinct location were completely unprepared for the heavy turnout, given the previous month of heavy turnout in other states.  They ended up moving one precinct out of the gym to the cafeteria after there were more than enough people to violate fire code for the gymnasium.

That being said, I did learn some things about the process.  First was that, in Colorado, the precinct numbers actually tell you quite a bit.  They are in the form of vwwxxyyzzz where v is the US House District (in my case 7), ww is the State Senate District (in my case 20), xx is the State House District (in my case 24), yy is the county (Jefferson is 30), and zzz is the precinct within the county.  The process was very convoluted and was not well organized at all.  All of the votes were conducted with a show of hands.  In my precinct, there were 57 people and we split 34-23 for Obama.  We then polled on the candidates for US Senate where Mark Udall was the unanimous choice over Mark Benner whom no one in our precinct had ever heard of before.

We the elected delegates to the Jefferson County Democratic Convention on March 15.  Based on the Presidential preference poll, we ended up with 8 delegates for Obama and 5 for Clinton.  I ended up being a delegate for Obama and Andrea is a delegate for Clinton.  The rest of the night consisted of some minor business.  Our precinct, rather stupidly, voted down the party resolution on health care as not being a strong enough statement for universal health care, but approved the statement opposing the so-called "Right to Work" amendment that is proposed for the Colorado Constitution.  The precinct caucus then ended about 8:30, but we spent most of the next half hour cleaning up before we left around 9.

Our precinct largely mirrored the State of Colorado where Obama won 67% of the vote compared to 32% for Clinton.  The next step in the process is the Jefferson County Convention that Andrea and I will be attending on March 15, and voting on opposite sides yet again.

 
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Caucus Day in Colorado

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 2:38 PM

Caucusing for Obama in Colorado

Today is Super Tuesday and, for the first time, Colorado is participating.  This will be the first time that I have participated in a precinct caucus here.  I'm definitely excited this time around and I'm looking forward to learning more about this part of the political process.  As is becoming our norm, Andrea and I will be cancelling each other out as I will be caucusing for Barack Obama and she will be going for Hillary Clinton.  Caucus starts tonight at 7 pm with registration from 6:30-7.

 
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Meeting the Coaches

Friday, February 1, 2008 3:44 PM

Me with CU Basketball Coach Jeff Bzdelik on January 31, 2008

Thanks to my friend, John McLean, Andrea and I got to attend a reception put on by Wachovia Securities and A.G. Edwards at CU Boulder.  The event featured CU Athletic Director, Mike Bohn, Head Men's Basketball Coach, Jeff Bzdelik, and Assistant Coach, Steve McClain.  The reception started out with some good food and then Mike Bohn and Jeff Bzdelik spoke about the state of the Athletic Department and the basketball program.  Coach Bzdelik then answered questions for about 30 minutes, including one of mine.  I came away convinced that the CU Men's Basketball program is in good hands and is clearly moving in the right direction.

After the Q&A session, we had the opportunity to talk one on one with the all three and I got my picture taken with Mike Bohn, Coach Bzdelik, and Coach McClain.  Wachovia Securities also gave every attendee as many tickets to the game against #2 Kansas this Saturday as they wanted, and gave each attendee a Nike CU fleece.  It was a very impressive giveaway and a very well done reception.  Thanks again to CU, Wachovia Securities, and A.G. Edwards for a fun evening.

 
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