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  • OT: The Mount Rushmore of Denver sports.

    We should probably formulate a poll for this question. You have four people to put on the Mount Rushmore of Denver sports. Who do you have.

    The easy one is Elway. But who are the other three.

    I think you have to include Joe Sakic. Right? Hall of Fame player. Brought us two Stanley Cups as a player, and one as a GM. Won a Hart Trophy. Stop right there, and he's on. But the odds are pretty decent that he's going to bring more before he's done.

    Nikola Jokic winning two MVPs puts him in the conversation. But I personally would like to see him add a championship trophy first. But he's the greatest Nugget (apologies to Dan Issel, Alex English, and maybe David Thompson); and the Nuggets have been around longer than anyone, other than the Broncos.

    TD, IMO, should be in the discussion. Shannon Sharpe, maybe. Von Miller? Peyton Manning almost seems like blasphemy, since he was here such a short period of time. What about Pat Bowlen? Or Mike Shanahan?

    Peter Forsberg? Patrick Roy? Patrick Roy gets on there if the stuff he accomplished with the Habs was in an Avs jersey.

    Todd Helton is probably close. You wouldn't have to argue with me too much to put Larry Walker on there - easily my favorite Rockie ever. Nolan Arenado was trending in the right direction until Dick decided to pay $50 million for someone to take him.

    Put a gun to my head and say, "Choose your Mount Rushmore of Denver sports, have sexual relations with Don Knotts, or take a bullet."

    I'd probably go Elway, Sakic, Jokic, and for my controversial choice, Pat Bowlen.

    Who have you got?

  • #2
    No Tim Tebow?

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    • #3
      Ugh, this exercise really illustrates how bad Denver is outside of football. I would go with Elway, Bowlen, Miller and Ashley Lelie because ED REED!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • #4
        interesting

        Edgar Kaiser generated the Elway trade not Bowlen

        who knows where Bowlen is without Elway.

        we know where Elway is without PMF.

        Cale Makar may be up there eventually. being talked about by the likes of Gretzky as the next Bobby Orr.

        he’s already won as much as you can win at age 23.

        Nicola needs a championship

        Sakic is a better GM imo than elway.

        elway gets dinged for HC and Lynch

        Sakic had to find a HC in haste and pulled Bednar

        Elway was in the same situation after Kubes and pulled what many on here believe to be the two worst HCs in broncos history.

        Elway the player is the best of anyone













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        • #5
          Elway, Miller, and Davis. Don't know much about other Denver sports, except the Nuggs generally suck as do the Rockies and am not up on Av players except Roy, so don't know about #4.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Drunk Monkey View Post
            Ugh, this exercise really illustrates how bad Denver is outside of football. I would go with Elway, Bowlen, Miller and Ashley Lelie because ED REED!!!!!!!!!!!
            Most the heads would be football.


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            • #7
              I don't follow the NBA and never have, but can anyone tell me whether the Nuggets have ever made it to the conference finals?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Old Dude View Post
                I don't follow the NBA and never have, but can anyone tell me whether the Nuggets have ever made it to the conference finals?
                Conference finals? They've been there in 1978, 1985, 2009, 2020.

                They've never reached the NBA finals.

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                • #9
                  Elway
                  PFM
                  Todd helton
                  Joe Sakic


                  mackinnon or makar would replace Helton with a few more years or championships. Almost put shanahan ahead of Elway but elway had a few decent years as a player even though hes right there with Matt millen as a gm. Pfm is a lock despite the lack of longevity in Denver. No nuggets are worthy.

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                  • #10
                    Tebow is number 1

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BroncoKev View Post
                      Tebow is number 1
                      He's holding up the mountain.

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                      • #12
                        Pierre Lacroix : Many say he is architect of first ever Denver professional sports (not true, Denver Grizzlies won in 1994 IHL Cup more on that below) championship and the incredible run the Avalanche had under him. Also credited for mentoring Sakic, the Avalanche current GM. Well respected figure in the hockey world, was a great drafter and always made things interesting on trade deadline day. Should be a statue of Lacroix outside of Ball arena.

                        Helton: Kicked off an improbable run all the way to Colorado’s first World Series also dubbed rocktober.

                        Elway : Denver’s first superstar.

                        Shanahan: Orchestrated back to back titles.


                        George Karl: Nuggets had their best decade under him, Western Conference Finals appearance and won a ton of games. Nuggets tickets were hard to come by in that era. Fun team to watch.

                        Butch Goring/1994 Denver Grizzlies: The hockey scene was pretty abysmal prior to the Grizzlies arrival. Considering seven clubs in hockey tried the Denver market and failed. Most notably the Colorado Rockies (NHL) moved to New Jersey after 6 crappy seasons. Plus Denver was developing a real appetite for more sports after the success of MLB in Denver. One of the owners/business guy of the MLB Rockies (Mullins) got a franchise in the IHL.

                        Grizzlies had a determined ownership group, invested in the roster (full of NHL talent, Ziggy Palffy ended up being a 4x NHL all star). It was a success from the get go, Grizzlies sold out every game in McNicols Arena (12k capacity). Ripped through the IHL winning 57 games and tore through the playoffs going 15-2. One of the best runs in hockey at any level and that success brought the Nordiques to Denver. The rest is history as they say. Colorado has really thrived as a hockey state.

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                        • #13
                          Since we're talking about "Denver Sports," how about the DU Hockey program? NCAA champions in 1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 2004, 2005, 2017, 2022. I can't think of any other Denver team that's won nine national titles. (Not sure about Boulder's ski team)

                          They were also runners up in 1963, 1964 and 1973.

                          And, people may disagree, but I'd say the most important personality in this winning tradition was Murray Armstrong, an ex-NHL player who arrived at DU in 1956 and guaranteed to deliver an NCAA champion within three years.

                          It only took him two.

                          Armstrong would coach DU to the first five of its nine national championships - and in his first 11 seasons, he did so without a single assistant coach.
                          Last edited by Old Dude; 06-29-2022, 10:18 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Click image for larger version  Name:	A711A623-B763-4127-B15A-1D7D6A487FD8.jpg Views:	0 Size:	1.04 MB ID:	112867 Right now as it stands the two most successful franchises in Denver are without a doubt the Denver Broncos and the Colorado avalanche. Therefore with that said I think it’s only fitting that two members from each organization would adorn my mount Rushmore.

                            Until the Denver nuggets and the Colorado Rockies win a world championship, they have yet to earn a spot on my mountain .

                            Also I am well aware of the Colorado mammoth winning the NLL championship these last two weeks however they’re not as widely known across the nation as most pro teams which is a shame however that remains to be the case.

                            Also I have not forgotten the Colorado crush but that was 20 years ago if not longer and who really remembers any players from that team that would be on any list in iconic company!

                            So with that said and obviously the first two players to dawn a place on my Mountain would be John Elway, and Joe Sackett. They are both equal In their iconic roles in the city of Denver. They’re both widely responsible for bringing and equal amount of world championships to this city as players and as general managers. (Joe will most likely add more to that list).

                            As for third and I don’t care what anybody has to say about Peyton Manning not being in Denver all that long, he is still considered to be one of the greatest of all time and he dawned a Denver Broncos uniform and won world championship for this city and set many records thst have yet to be broken therefore he definitely has a spot on my Mountain.

                            Now for my fourth and final position, It was a tossup between Patrick Roy and peter the great but it basically boils down to you which player was greater at his position and in my opinion I have to give a slight nod to Peter Forsberg. Peter Forsberg was a once in a generation type of talent that we may not see again this century therefore he’s gets a spot on my Mountain!

                            Now look at that picture and tell me that is not elite and iconic company right there!
                            Last edited by Sam; 06-29-2022, 10:36 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Floyd Little? Alex English? Darian Hagan? Mike Shanahan?

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Roh View Post
                                Floyd Little? Alex English? Darian Hagan? Mike Shanahan?
                                You could Put them on yours and they’re all great candidates but I’m going with players who’ve won titles. Ultimately I believe that’s what separates them all But even if the players you mentioned had championships I would still go with my original four because they were four of the all-time great’s at their positions across the leagues they played in.

                                Is little an all time great? He’s is but an all-time great in Denver not across the NFL.
                                Last edited by Sam; 06-29-2022, 10:58 PM.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Sam View Post

                                  So with that said and obviously the first two players to dawn a place on my Mountain would be John Elway, and Joe Sackett.
                                  Any relation to David Crouton or Foneco?

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Sam View Post

                                    You could Put them on yours and they’re all great candidates but I’m going with players who’ve won titles. Ultimately I believe that’s what separates them all But even if the players you mentioned had championships I would still go with my original four because they were four of the all-time great’s at their positions across the leagues they played in.

                                    Is little an all time great? He’s is but an all-time great in Denver not across the NFL.
                                    What we need is a bigger mountain. 😉

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                                    • #19
                                      Elway, Shanahan, and TD and/or the 97-98 OL. Put the players from other sports on a different mountain. Btw, Coach Bill McCartney deserves a spot on the other mountain as he put CU on the map, right until Ricky started the long slow destruction.

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