Despite the outcome of games on Monday, Colorado sports teams still manage to remain top contenders across the board.
Monday both the Rockies and the Nuggets were in action in late games that provided excitement and disappointment. The Rockies begin a three-game series with divisional foes, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first and added three more in the 3rd and 4th innings holding a 8-6 lead. In the 7th they added three more to Colorado’s 2 in the 5th and the ninth, beating the Rox 12-8.
The Nuggets starters trailed by six in the first and cut the lead to three by the half, but it was the Nuggets bench that pressed the Lakers in the third and fourth quarters bringing the game close enough to a last second shot which decided the win. Unfortunately that shot came from the Lakers Kyle Kuzma with the dish from Lebron James and the three to closeout the game 121-124, Lakers.
Nuggets and Rockies fans shouldn’t fret, because although both losses were deflating for the start of the week, both teams remain top contenders with the Nuggets holding the number three spot in the Western Conference, and the Rockies remaining at the top of the National League West a half game ahead of the L.A. Dodgers.
At the time of this writing the Rockies and the Diamondbacks had not played game two of their series and game three is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Denver Nuggets are scheduled to play the-number-two-team in the Western Conference the L.A. Clippers Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
The Colorado Avalanche are set to begin their series with the Arizona Coyotes after losing their seeding game with the Las Vegas Knights on Saturday night 4-3. The Knights win gave them top seed and dropped the Avs to the number two spot in the Western Conference first round matchups. This means that the number two Colorado Avalanche will face the number seven Coyotes in a best of seven, while the number one Las Vegas Knights will face the number eight Chicago Blackhawks.
The Avs kick-off the playoffs against the Coyotes on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Round two will be Friday, at noon, round three is set for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. and game four will be on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
In other sports, College football has its first casualties to the pandemic as University of Massachusetts announced on Tuesday that has cancelled the upcoming 2020 season, making them the third school to cancel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. University of Connecticut announced last week that they canceled their season and shortly after announcement Old Dominion announced the cancellation of their season.
While some schools have slowly made the decision to opt out of their upcoming seasons, the focus now is pointed towards the Power Five conferences, The Big-10, the Pac-12, the SEC, the Big-12, and the ACC. Both the Big-10 and the Pac-12 have postponed fall sports as of Tuesday afternoon. No other conference has announced further plans.
While the future of the 2020 college football season hangs in the balance, schools in each of the Power Five conferences have been looking at alternative ways to go about moving forward with their seasons.