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Sports sensory overload in the Mile High
La Voz Photo by Daryl Padilla

By Brandon Rivera

The city of Boston and Denver share one commonality in recent days. They are the only two remaining cities to have two professional sports teams still alive in the post-season.

Over the weekend the Denver Nuggets moved on to round two (Conference Semifinals) of the NBA Playoffs after beating the San Antonio Spurs in game 7. Despite many saying the Nuggets were too young a team to make it past the first round, they managed to dispel critics by beating one of the most playoff seasoned teams in the NBA. Granted the Spurs are a shell of the juggernaut giant they once were, the Nuggets still reached deep to find a way to get past San Antonio, and yes it took all seven games to do it.

The Denver Nuggets took on the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night at Pepsi Center in game 1 of a 7 games series. The Nuggets with home court advantage, traded leads with the Trailblazers until the end of the third when the Nuggets establised a nice cushion that they held on to until the closing minutes, beating the Trailblazers 121-113.

If the Nuggets win on Saturday night and Monday night wasn’t a big enough serving of Mile High sports, the NFL Draft certainly satisfied your hunger. La Voz got an opportunity to witness the first round of the NFL Draft at the focal point of Mile High Football, Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The number of fans grew drastically as the kickoff to the 2019 NFL Draft approached with the likes of hometown artist Drew Litton and last years draft picks, Cortland Sutton, and Bradley Chubb were in attendance.

The Denver Broncos addressed needs on both sides of the ball, and most are praising the Chief of Football Operations, John Elway as this being his best draft yet. In the first round fans became a little anxious after the Broncos decided to trade their position at number 10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers for their spot at number 20 along with their 52nd pick and a third-rounder in the 2020 NFL Draft. A collective sigh drew over the fans at Mile High when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell broke the news of the trade. Anxious fans now had to wait an additional 10 picks before the Broncos would address their first pick.

The pick finally came in, and at first left some fans scratching their heads, because John Elway, who passed on several big names still left on the board traded their number 10 position for a non-blocking tight end from Iowa. Noah Fant who looks more like an oversized receiver than a tight end was the Denver Broncos first choice over names like Devin Bush (who the Pittsburgh Steelers picked at number 10).

The sigh of uncertainty was replaced with jeers of jubilation when John Elway revealed his second, third, and fourth picks on Saturday afternoon. The Denver Broncos practically stole “Guard” (G) Dalton Risner of Kansas State, Quarterback (QB) Drew Lock of Missouri, and Defensive Tackle (DT) Dre’Mont Jones of Ohio State. Elway and the Broncos weren’t done, and went on to acquire Linebacker (LB) Justin Hollins of Oregon, and Wide Receiver (WR) Juwann Winfree from the University of Colorado.

If your thing isn’t basketball or football, no worries, because the Mile High City has got something for everyone. Over the weekend the Colorado Avalanche were in San Jose to take on the Sharks for games one and two of the second round of the NHL Playoffs and although they took an early lead in game one, the Avs fell to the Sharks 2-5. No worries though because the last wild card from the Western Conference tied up the series in San Jose on Sunday night by beating the Sharks 4-3, with the series coming to Pepsi Center Tuesday night and Thursday night.





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