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The Final Countdown


Will there be a college football season this year? If so, will Colorado's two most prominent schools meet 100 days from now at Canvas Stadium?

Unless it is determined otherwise, let the Final Countdown begin as CU and CSU meet for the last time in a string of 26 seasons in a row. The rivalry starts up again in 2023, of course, but no longer will be contested on an annual basis. My first Countdown was way back in 2007 (I think), and the lists have included a wide variety of ways to go from 100 to 1, including jersey numbers, other sports-related topics, history and pop culture.

The "Colorado Classics" title is an homage to Irv Moss, himself a former CSU student, who died this year at age 85 after setting a record that will never be broken: 60 years as a sportswriter at the Denver Post. Irv was a key figure in founding and selecting members for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, and he composed a long-running, fascinating feature history series about Colorado athletes called "Colorado Classics" for the Post. Irv wrote about a lot of folks on this list of 100.

Huge kudos to nateDiggsCSU, who provided the idea for this year's topic. My list is 100 athletes who are "Colorado Classics" by meeting any of three criteria:
-- Born in Colorado
-- Raised in Colorado
-- Went to high school in Colorado

Please don’t be too concerned about who is ranked how highly until the top 20 or so. I didn’t get nearly that fine. And this list is not particular college-centric. In most cases (not all), what they did in high school and beyond college will count for more. A number of athletes on the list went to the schools in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, but that fact is not taken into account in this Countdown's selection, although the selectees' college careers certainly matter, wherever they played. The list is subjective -- how could it not be? -- but is my attempt to name, in some order, the best or most prominent athletes Colorado has produced. Almost 100 more were considered but didn't make the cut. In a few cases, a fabulous Colorado high school career is enough to the make the list all by itself. Who is No. 1? That's TBA and I have three-plus months to make that decision. It's far from a slam dunk.

And in this crazy year, it's not a slam dunk that the Showdown will happen on Sept. 5. If anything changes, I'll suspend the Countdown, then resume it at the appropriate time.

On to the Final Countdown! I hope you enjoy it.



[Post edited by BuffsIn2020 at 06/15/2020 1:08PM]

Posted: 05/28/2020 at 04:39AM



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The Final Countdown -- BuffsIn2020 05/28/2020 04:39AM
  Awesome buddy! ** -- Good SHEPHERD  05/29/2020 2:47PM
  Thanks Buffsin2020 -- GrandSlamRam 05/28/2020 2:50PM
  You're awesome. Thank you! -- El Diablo 05/28/2020 1:56PM
  You might be surprised -- BuffsIn2020 05/28/2020 12:00PM
  Which high school, if I may ask? ** -- BuffsIn2020 05/28/2020 12:25PM
  I went to Doherty -- Rams H-86 05/28/2020 12:29PM
  She was one of the nicest people -- Rams H-86 05/28/2020 12:36PM
  Asked my wife who she thought would be number one -- Rams H-86 05/28/2020 11:21AM
  HA - that's awesome ** -- nateDiggsCSU 05/28/2020 3:38PM
  Forgot about McDonald ** -- tweeter 05/30/2020 12:02AM
  Whizzer White ** -- Impala1978 05/28/2020 7:36PM
  Miss Franklin pops up as well. ** -- Rams H-86 05/28/2020 12:22PM
  You got posterized ** -- nateDiggsCSU 05/28/2020 3:41PM
  Truth. ** -- csupkp 05/28/2020 4:57PM
  Jack Christiansen. ** -- CSU RAMbunctious 05/29/2020 11:15PM
  How about....um DAVE LOGAN? ** -- Ram It 05/29/2020 2:41PM
  Haha ... on the list, but not that high ** -- BuffsIn2020 05/29/2020 4:16PM
  Sapp played in only one NFL game -- BuffsIn2020 05/28/2020 12:14PM
  No idea he was from Colorado ** -- tweeter 05/28/2020 11:54AM
  Awesome. I cannot wait for this! ** -- nateDiggsCSU 05/28/2020 06:32AM

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