POSTED: Monday December 1st 2008


Former USOC Spokesman Mike Moran's Weekly Blog about Sports In the Amateur Sports Capital of the United States

 The Sports Corp Spotlight


A weekly blog from Mike Moran and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation devoted to all things in Sports in our town and around the area, and the “buzz” for everything from the Olympic athlete to the weekend warrior. Enjoy it and make plans to get out and get in the game!


December 1, 2008  #5



So,What Do I Know? I know that there will not be a college ice hockey game in our town between December 20 and January 9…… a city that has two Top Ten teams and now a real rivalry, rabid fans, a buzz, and the most amazing story in the nation this season in Frank Serratore’s Air Force Falcons…….and one of the very best places to see a game in the USA, the Colorado Springs World Arena…, how about Blue Star proprietor (and big-time hockey fan) Joe Coleman locking Hans Mueh, Ken Ralph, Dot Lischick and USA Hockey’s incredibly talented and imaginative Dave Ogrean in his toney Wine Room, with all the good wine and food they could imagine, for an evening over the Holidays in the future and, presto!….the first annual Colorado Springs Holiday Ice Hockey Classic in December 2009 or 2010, at the World Arena!…………yes, I know the devil is in the financial, recruiting and academic calendar details, but here’s my idea of the first Classic…….with no actual “champion,” just three nights of insanely good hockey!



Friday Night: Air Force (AHA) versus New Hampshire (Hockey East)


                      Colorado College (WCHA) versus Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA)



Saturday Night: Colorado College versus New Hampshire


                           Air Force versus Nebraska-Omaha



Sunday Night: U.S. National Women’s team versus Canada, eh?



OK, so here’s the deal… easy road junket for the up-and-coming UNO Mavericks and fans from Omaha who just love to come to Colorado…….a return to Colorado Springs and a ski trip for New Hampshire athletic director Marty Scarano (the former CC AD)……representation of four power conferences in one spot (CCHA, WCHL, Hockey East and AHA)……..the two visiting teams are housed in a pair of the nice hotels near the World Arena with favorable rates, they eat team dinners in the Blue Star’s Wine Room, get VIP tours of the Olympic Complex hosted by 1980 legend Mike Eruzione, and really nice gift bags within NCAA rules……there just has to be a way to return to the glory years of old when we had the annual Broadmoor Christmas Hockey Tourney at the old barn and give our town something to grab and hold for the Holiday Season every year………and maybe there’s a potential title sponsor out there someplace who has the Christmas Spirit…..future invitees might include Bemidji State, UConn, Maine, Boston College, and Notre Dame.  By the way, though the Classic would be played on what is techically CC’s “home ice,” AFA should rest easy…..there is a big financial upside to playing at the Arena for all three evenings, and the Falcons and Tigers never meet in this format, leaving the regular season home and home arrangement intact. 




OK, Close Your Eyes, It’s Fall, 2009 and the dedication of the splendid new United States Olympic Committee headquarters at 27 South Tejon developed for the City by Ray Marshall and LandCo Equity Partners in downtown Colorado Springs……..Tejon Street has been closed from Bijou to Vermijo……and  it’s a beautiful autumn evening in our town……..more than 75,000 people have been enjoying visits to the new Olympic Store in the headquarters, tours of the magnificent new structure, sports demonstrations, autograph sessions with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, dining and enjoying music in the myriad of pubs and restaurants, a day-long street fair, and the buzz……it’s 6:00 p.m. and the throngs are invited to walk or ride donated busses and vans to America The Beautiful Park, where a special evening awaits……Governor Bill Ritter, Mayor Lionel Rivera, USOC boss Jim Scherr, IOC President Jacques Rogge, USOC President Emeritus Bill Hybl and Olympians and Paralympians  from the  past who lived and trained here, like Mike Eruzione, Bonnie Blair, Amy Van Dyken, Apolo Ohno, Peggy Fleming, Rulon Gardner, Henry Cejudo, Allison Jones, Melissa Stockwell, Jen Armbruster, Erin Popovich, and others are on the big stage to welcome them…….as is the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, which will play an evening of Olympic-themed music by John Williams….. …….USOC communications chief Darryl Seibel is the Master of ceremonies…….and he opens a special program of tributes, recognition and the celebration of the city’s three decades of commitment to the Olympic family and the more than 300,000 athletes whose dreams began here……the evening concludes at 7:30 with a spectacular fireworks show and a special, emotional video on the big screen back of the stage that pays tribute to our nation’s Olympic richness and traditions……it’s been carried live by News First 5/30, which is looking forward to the 2010 Olympic Winter games in Vancouver in February, and covered by hordes of national and local media……including that morning’s magnificent 40-page special, stand-alone section in The Gazette that featured the history of the USOC in the city, pictures, stories and massive advertising support for this keepsake edition……as the evening concludes around 9:00, and the thousands depart, you feel special just to have been part of it all…….A dream? Maybe not…..…….Speaking of Olympic Dreams…….did you notice the stories coming out of Denver over the weekend about Governor Bill Ritter waxing on about a Denver 2018 Olympic Winter Games bid, should Chicago come up short in the 2016 race next fall?……..Our city’s prestigious Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) will be staging the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this week………The 10-day rodeo starts Thursday, December 4 and concludes on Saturday December 13 at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.  The “Super Bowl of Rodeo” showcases 2008’s top 15 cowboys (and cowgirls) in each of the standard rodeo events – Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-down Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding – where they will be vying to be crowned World Champions as well as competing for a record prize purse of $5,625,000.  This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the event, which is expected to be a sellout again.  There have been 220 consecutive sold out performances of the WNFR.  Colorado will be represented by eight cowboys, most notably Josh Peek (Pueblo) and Wade Sumpter (Fowler)  who lead in the standings in Tie-down Roping and Steer Wrestling, respectively. Check out for the television schedule and for additional information…Boston College guard Reggie Jackson, who was the state’s top prep player last year at Palmer High in the city, is playing about 20 minutes per game and has been the first player off the bench for BC in his frosh season……the 6-3 guard averaged 7.0 ppg in the first six games, including eight against Purdue in a nationally-televised (ESPN) game on Thursday at Madison square Garden and 11 points the next night against Alabama-Birmingham for the 4-2 Eagles…..……… how did he get away from the state?…….The top 12 players and top head coach in RMAC men’s basketball history have been selected to help celebrate the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s 100th anniversary in 2009………..As part of the Centennial Celebration, all-time teams are being selected in 19 RMAC sports. The RMAC’s Centennial Celebration will take place on July 11, 2009 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs…….RMAC Centennial Celebration All-Time Men’s Basketball Team: MVP – DeMarcos Anzures, Metro State; Alonzo Goldston, Fort Hays State; Jon Baskin, Mesa State; Nick Svehla, Nebraska-Kearney; Lonnie Porter, Adams State; Jeff Rhodes, Colorado Mines; Nick Branting, Nebraska-Kearney; Lee Barlow, Metro State; Harold Ware, Western New Mexico; Brian Stamer, Colorado Christian; Cal Tatum, CSU-Pueblo; Mark Worthington, Metro State;  Coach – Mike Dunlap, Metro State……….. U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee announced that Craig Griffin has been named Associate Director of Paralympic Cycling High Performance. Griffin will be based at USOC headquarters in Colorado Springs…….he brings 20 years of Olympic and Paralympic coaching and program administration experience to his new role with U.S. Paralympics. He served 11 years as USA Cycling’s National Coach, including at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, where he led U.S. athletes to 48 Olympic, Pan American, World Championship and World Cup medals. He has served as Head Coach of the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team since 2002 through the USOC’s partnership with Carmichael Training Systems, Inc. of Colorado Springs……...Only 23 Days Until Christmas!  Looking for an unusual and special gift? Head to and check out the menu of Official U.S. Olympic Team and National Governing Body gifts, collectibles and clothing! Or visit the USOC’s impressive Olympic Shop in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Complex in person……



Hot Stuff:



College Men’s Basketball: Wednesday Night- Northern Illinois (3-4) at Air Force, 7:00,


Clune Arena (Huskies coached by former CU head coach Ricardo Patton; CU transfer Sean Kowal is at 10.2 ppg)                                                                      



College Ice Hockey: Friday- Minnesota-Duluth (6-4-4) at CC (9-3-4), 7:35 World Arena


                                      RIT (5-8-1) at Air Force (13-1-0), 7:05 Cadet Ice Arena



                           Saturday- Minnesota-Duluth at CC, 7:07 World Arena


                                      RIT at Air Force, 7:05 Cadet Ice Arena



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