Author Brendan Loy

11 entries

#OMGSTUFFDUNX, and a Red Line Upset

"One does not simply walk into Magness Arena. There is a Princeton offense there that does not sleep. And the Great Scott is ever watchful." --Boromir of Gondor (paraphrased) For the Denver Pioneers, 2010-11 was supposed to be a dream season. Sure, they had lost top scorer Nate Rohnert to graduation, but...

Moraga Massacre Avenged, #gaeltears Shed: Denver Stuns St. Mary's

Most of my memories of the Denver Pioneers' 2010-11 season involve, as you'd expect, me at Magness Arena, watching basketball games. But one that has strangely stuck with me is the memory of si...

Excitement Gone Awry: Denver Falls to Iona in OT

Excitement. It's the lifeblood of college basketball. It's what a rabid fan base brings to a program. It's what cheerleaders and pep bands are charged with generating. It's why the third Thursday and Friday in March are unofficial national holidays. It's what sets Our Game apart from its boring, corporatized...

The Colorado Mid-Major State Championship Game

Tweetup! @TennisTarkheena, a DU fan in Greeley, meets the #BrotherzBallz, Mile High Bally and DU Bally. * * * * * The Denver Pioneers and I had a lot in common Wednesday night in Greeley. We both fully intended to show up for the first half against the Northern Colorado Bears. We both failed to do so. But...

A Red Line Upset for the Whole Family

Three nights after putting my daughters to bed early and racing to Greeley for the second half of Denver-Northern Colorado, I took a different tack Saturday for the Denver-Boise State game at Magness Arena: I brought the family with me. Instead of planning to take my usual seat on press row, I decided that...

The Unforgiving Minute

If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds' worth of distance run,Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son! -Rudyard Kipling When I was in college, and later as a young 20-something, I developed a reputation with my parents for frenetic overscheduling...

A Hockey School Embraces Hoops

The moment I drove down the exit ramp from I-25 and approached the merge with University Boulevard about 25 minutes before Denver and Arkansas State were set to tip off Thursday night, it became clear something was different this night. There was...traffic. Lots of it. Usually I just zoom through that merge,...

Return on Investment

A lot of investments paid off Saturday at Denver's Magness Arena. For me, it was the payoff of the Emotional Investment I made starting in 2010, when I was belatedly inspired by Kyle's Season 6 "investments" essay to adopt Denver as "my" mid-major team, start a blog about the Pioneers, and begin attending and...

IT'S LATE, IT'S TATE, IT'S GREAT!

"A DAY MAY COME WHEN CAPS LOCK FAILS, WHEN WE FORSAKE OUR SHIFT KEY AND BREAK ALL BONDS OF CAPITALIZATION. BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY! #ALLCAPSDAY" -- me, paraphrasing A...

Hurt and Heart Are Only Two Letters Apart

This game will hurt you. We all know this; the inevitability of heartbreak is a mantra of this site, and a central organizing principle of Our Game. But heartbreak comes in many forms. There are many different ways in which this game can, and will, hurt you. It can hurt you with the humiliation of a blowout....

Mitt Romney, Butterfly King

"Daddy, is it time to go to the basketball game yet? " That was my daughters' refrain all last weekend. No matter how many times I told them we'd leave after lunch on Sunday, my daughters Loyette, 4, and Loyacita, 2 1/2 (not their real names), wanted constant updates on whether basketball time had finally arrived....

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One Beautiful Season

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