Category Archives: Women’s Sports

DU’s Toughest Athlete, Nina McGee Might be the Best Ever

Photo: DenverPioneers.com

DU athletic teams are loaded with great athletes in their respective sports. But the toughest athlete at DU is senior gymnast Nina McGee. As the Denver Post reported a year ago, McGee performs with two rods that run from from her knees to her ankles. Her severe shin splints were caused by stress fractures of the tibia in both legs. That put her athletic career in jeopardy. After consultation with medical experts and coaches, the decision was made to insert metal rods to support the tibia in both legs from the knees to the ankles. Continue reading DU’s Toughest Athlete, Nina McGee Might be the Best Ever

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

LetsGoDU ‘Big Event’ Super Survey

Puck Swami challenged DU to put on Big Events in his article Think Big, Denver . So we have put together the LetsGoDU Big Event Super Survey. In the survey, we provide a Big Event concept and venue. Of course, we know that it takes years to work out schedules and plan such events, but we wanted to paint a picture of what it would take to create such an event that would draw local and regional interest.

Vote for your favorite option and feel free to comment with any other ideas you might have.

The LetsGoDU Big Event Super Survey ends Wednesday, March 2nd.

The First 48 – No Time for Grief

Detectives in major cities around the country race against the clock, knowing that if they don’t find a lead within the first 48 hours, their chances of solving a case are cut in half. – Television Series – The First 48, Opening Dialogue.

Denver Boone, mascot handlers, and LetsGoDU spent Sunday running down leads to find the whereabouts of iconic Mega-Boone. The gigantic banner, located in the DU student section at Coors Field, was left unattended when Denver Boone was ejected for having no head cover.

A logical person has to question this Coors Field policy. According to their published rules and regulations – Clothing which conceals a guest’s face is prohibited, including but not limited to, costumes and masks – So, how do 3 out of 4 (below) make it to the ‘old ball game’.  Continue reading The First 48 – No Time for Grief

Students Attendence in Decline

 

Traditional approaches to drawing students to sporting events is no longer working. This trend is neither unique nor exclusive to the University of Denver.

The Wall Street Journal conducted a study on the declining student attendance, mainly targeting football, but relevant to other sports as well. The 2014 WSJ study addressed  average student attendance at college football games which  dropped for football 7.1% since 2009. Continue reading Students Attendence in Decline

Stuffed – Too Good to Play

According to the Daily Mail, in order to protect fragile competitors, a girls basketball team has been kicked out of their league because they are too good. The article stated that the Minnesota Rogers Area Youth Basketball Association (RAYBA) team can no longer play in their local basketball league because they are ‘too talented’.

They were thrown out of the league with little notice before a league tournament was to be held. According to their coach, Jason Hanauska, ‘Three teams were threatening to I guess either forfeit the games against us or flat out quit the league.’ So of course, in a display of goodwill and compromise – the league threw them out.  Continue reading Stuffed – Too Good to Play

Trend to Muzzle Cheer Spreads

Earlier this year, LetsGoDU covered a story about DU’s student section at hockey games  that was seen as too raucous by administrators. While that story is no longer an issue, Sports Illustrated had a story on the increasing pressure in the state of Wisconsin on High School chants that do not show ‘respect’ for competitors.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has issued a memo banning students from chanting certain words and phrases at basketball games that may be seen as hurtful. The words? Continue reading Trend to Muzzle Cheer Spreads

Summit League Basketball Needs to Grow Up

UNO, DU’s home opponent this Thursday, is a surprising 4-1 in Summit League play (12-7 overall) and looking to qualify for the league tournament and potentially, the NCAA Tournament. It really doesn’t matter, though. Continue reading Summit League Basketball Needs to Grow Up

Compromise May Submarine DU Prospects

As LetsGoDU reported recently, all the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) members are meeting this week to address a Big 10 proposal (they are at it again!) for football members that would require each conference to have divisions and a division playoff in order to qualify for consideration for participation in national championship playoffs. This would require the Big 12 to expand from the current 10 teams to 12 teams, create divisions, and have a championship game to meet these requirements. If the legislation is passed this week, it is widely expected that that the Big 12 would add the University of Cincinnati and BYU. BYU is currently an independent in football and in the West Coast Conference for other sports, a potential landing spot for DU athletics. Continue reading Compromise May Submarine DU Prospects