Cheering for Purple Calming As Baseball Season Nears

The Colorado Rockies are giving baseball fans something else to think about amid the barrage of political division in our country. While purple may be a mix of red and blue, it has the power to calm both sides. Continue reading “Cheering for Purple Calming As Baseball Season Nears”


After Patrick Roy burned the Colorado Avalanche down

The Colorado Avalanche are going to finish as one of the worst established NHL teams in history. With a new low for the franchise, the team is still wounded by Patrick Roy’s abandonment. Could the loss of Roy also hold the key to the future?

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Leadership Questions for the Broncos and Buffs

Scandals for Colorado’s biggest sports institutions make it harder to enjoy sports as a safe-haven, Kessinger says.

“That’s when I really knew that I was alone.”

That line keeps coming back to me. With so many moments where sports served as a safe place in my life, it’s jarring to think of sports isolating someone else. Continue reading “Leadership Questions for the Broncos and Buffs”

We Were the Worst: That New Colorado Buffaloes Feeling

Since graduating from the University of Colorado, I have often felt in tandem with the football program. The Buffaloes tried to improve while I worked to find my footing in the professional world.  CU football mimicked post-college life rather than college.

I would watch the Buffs try in vain to win games against tough competition. There would be signs of obvious improvement on the field, but not on the scoreboard. The Buffaloes struggle and hard work may finally be paying off. Continue reading “We Were the Worst: That New Colorado Buffaloes Feeling”

Ex-Coach Patrick Roy has no ring to it

Derek Kessinger is a graduate of the University of Colorado who has covered Denver sports, and in particular hockey, for several years. He appears on 5280 Sports Network as a guest commentator.

Patrick Roy made a selfish move. The NHL Draft was six weeks ago, and Joe Sakic made it clear at that time that the team would move forward with its core. That’s Sakic, the Avalanche’s vice president of hockey operations and general manager — and Coach Roy’s boss. So if the media and fans knew, the Avalanche’s coach and VP must have also known.

So what’s he been doing for the past six weeks? Continue reading “Ex-Coach Patrick Roy has no ring to it”