Rebuilding the Colorado Avalanche: If you’re a sports fan, I don’t know if there is anything worse you can hear about your team. You REBUILD after a house fire, after a hurricane or an earthquake. You only have to REBUILD something after its been destroyed. Maybe that’s why we all hate to hear that it’s a rebuilding year, if the front office of your favorite team took a marketing class once a upon a time they might call it a youth movement. The problem is, here in Denver it seems that our entire sports world is under permanent reconstruction.
Maybe I got spoiled in my youth with that stretch of years where it seemed like we had a parade every year. Starting in 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche, or 1995 if you want to count the Denver Grizzlies of the IHL, Denver had a major championship in 3 straight years and 4 out of 6 ending again with the Avalanche and their amazing championship run of 2001. The Rockies were still kind of like a new toy in town. They didn’t win a ton, usually a little bit over .500 and they were fun to watch. The Blake Street Bombers were in full effect and Coors Field was shiny and new. Sure the Nuggets stunk but you could still say “hey remember when we beat Seattle as an 8 seed”?
Those were the glory days of Denver sports, at least for me. No longer were we the butt of every Super Bowl joke, but we had pride, and the rings to back it up! Reminiscing about our cities past glories makes me feel kind of like the guy in the office who keeps a picture of wife in a bikini from 15 years ago on his desk. Then you meet her at the company picnic and realize the only thing she can use that bikini for now is a napkin. Sure I still have the pictures of John Elway and T.D. up, they’re right next to the ones of Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, and Patrick Roy. Those memories, as special as they are, are not enough!
Denver has always been a proud sports town, and we need new tales of sports glories. But unlike the late 90’s, where we built THREE new stadiums in LODO, our teams are now under construction. And have been for some time now and the Colorado Avalanche are no different. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited as anyone to see the arrival of Peyton Manning. But until the games are played and WON, he is just another block
Denver Sports Chat by J-Can