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Longtime University of Denver fan and alumnus.

Puck Swami Presents: 100 Years of the DU Fight Song

Puck Swami is the internet moniker of a longtime DU fan and alumnus. He shares his views periodically for LetsGoDU.

This year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the DU Fight Song. Best known by the title “D-Rah/Fairest of Colleges,” the song’s words were written in 1916 by then-DU Student Dorothy Hickey during her senior year. The song sprang from the era of great college fight songs, most of which were written between 1895 and 1920, as college football rose to become the dominant fall entertainment force in America, well before the emergence of professional football. Continue reading Puck Swami Presents: 100 Years of the DU Fight Song

Puck Swami: DU Men’s Basketball Regular Season Review

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Puck Swami is the internet moniker of a long-time DU fan and alumnus. He shares his views periodically with LetsGoDU.

As I look back on the 2015-2106 DU basketball season, the operative phrase, at least for me, is “pleasant surprise.”

At 15-14, the Pioneers achieved a winning record and sixth-place finish in the regular season where the cognoscenti predicted a last-place (eighth place) finish for DU in the Summit League. It was a return to respectability with a very young, resilient team overachieving after last year’s 12-18 disappointment with a veteran lineup. Continue reading Puck Swami: DU Men’s Basketball Regular Season Review

Puck Swami on the Battle on Blake: Think Big, Denver!

Photo Credit: John Leyba, The Denver Post

Puck Swami is the internet moniker for a longtime DU fan and alumnus. He shares his views periodically for LetsGoDU.

“I didn’t know there were that many DU jerseys in Denver. It was awesome to see.” — University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery after DU’s 4-1 win over rival Colorado College in the “Battle on Blake” Continue reading Puck Swami on the Battle on Blake: Think Big, Denver!

Puck Swami: Thoughts on the Battle on Blake, (Part 2 of 2): Beyond the Ice

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Puck Swami, the Internet moniker of a longtime DU fan and alumnus, offers a two-part article this week as a prelude to the Battle on Blake. Part One focused some perspective on the ice and developed the history of the rivalry. Here, Part Two focuses on some of the off-ice elements of the rivalry and puts the outdoor game into a larger context.

In the first part of this series, we recapped a bit of the on-ice history of the DU vs. CC rivalry. But ask any fan who has watched many years of these rivalry games, and you’ll hear about some amazing off-ice history that is every bit as interesting as the games played on ice. Continue reading Puck Swami: Thoughts on the Battle on Blake, (Part 2 of 2): Beyond the Ice

Puck Swami: Thoughts on the Battle On Blake (Part 1 of 2)

Puck Swami, the Internet moniker of a longtime DU fan, offers a two-part article this week as a prelude to the Battle on Blake. Part One focuses some perspective on the ice and develops the history of the rivalry. Part Two focuses on some of the off-ice elements of the rivalry and puts the weekend into a larger context.

The “Battle on Blake” is almost here, and it promises to be the largest-attended DU-hosted sporting event since the University of Denver dropped football in 1961, as well as the largest attended DU hockey game of all time, with between 25,000-30,000 tickets sold as of Monday Feb 17. For that reason alone, it’s an event worth celebrating as a high water mark of spectator interest in DU sports in the modern era. Continue reading Puck Swami: Thoughts on the Battle On Blake (Part 1 of 2)