The O. Zone

Rice, Ramirez, raccoons, and more West Vail weirdness

By David O. Williams
Real AspenAugust 25, 2010

I have three quick topics to tackle, and the best way to do that is in blog form.

First, my post from Tuesday was confirmed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune today: star Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice indeed saw Steadman Clinic hip specialist Marc Philippon in Vail in June, and Marc told him he could either have his damaged hip surgically repaired or try to rehab it.

That's standard Steadman operating procedure, as I pointed out Tuesday. But then they took another look after mini-camp and Rice had done more damage, according to a blog entry by Rice himself. At that point Rice decided to go ahead with the surgery on Monday, leaving QB Brett Favre without one of his favorite targets for at least the first half of the NFL season.

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Second, the Colorado Rockies are starting to get that magical buzz going again, at least at Coors Field. Their 12-10 comeback win to sweep the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves today at least keeps them in the wildcard conversation. If they weren't so bloody awful on the road, they'd be giving the surprising San Diego Padres a run for the division crown.

It's really good to see Todd Helton getting his sweet stroke back and creeping ever closer to another .300 season. No one epitomizes baseball in Denver the way Helton does, and he deserves at least one more run.

Now the Rocks need to take care of business with the L.A. Doggers this weekend and get Ubaldo Jimenez his club record-breaking 18th win in the process. Let's hope the boys in blue have gotten rid of roid boy Manny Ramirez by the time they hit town. Otherwise we'll all have to get tix just to boo the cheater who helped the hated Red Sox steal a world title from the Rocks in 2007.

Finally, speaking of Rocky things, anyone know how to get Raccoons out of your roof? They've torn out a space in the roofline of my West Vail home and now appear to be settling in for the winter. Now that we've finally got comment capacity on this site again, drop me a line.

Best suggestion wins a trip to Vail to help me eradicate the savage little pests.

comments: 41 Comments on "Rice, Ramirez, raccoons, and more West Vail weirdness "

Daniel Williams – Aug. 25, 2010, at 11:17 p.m.

On your first subject, I don't really care about football right now as it is still baseball season and my beloved Rockies are showing signs of life.

The Rockies comeback from 9 down today was a testament to good managing of their bull pen. You never know what to expect from Corpas, but the last three pitchers out of the pen were superb. Yes, it is good to see Helton returning to form and hitting pitches where they are thrown and not trying to pull everything. Also I liked Tracy's move to keep Street out of the game in the ninth, the key to good managing is putting your players in positions to succeed not fail, which allows confidence to grow.

I agree with you on the Ubaldinator situation, Manny 'the cheater' Ramirez another player who may not make the H.O.F. because of the image he has created for himself. However I don't believe the WS was stolen, Hurdle just got out managed pure and simple and the EIGHT day layoff didn't help either.

As for raccoons in your attic, they are pretty crafty critters so don't try to outsmart them as they have much more experience in these matters than we do. I suggest a reasonable dialogue and if that fails start charging them rent.

Daniel Williams – Aug. 26, 2010, at 9:42 p.m.

My question is how long do we have for best submissions, before I win a free trip to Vail and since mine is the only suggestion . . .

1. Burn the house down blame it on the Raccoons collect the insurance money!

2. Hire a Mountain Man, if you can find one (they are a endangered species) have him trap them and make 'coon skin hats, sell them to recoup your losses.

3. What ever you do don't use Ianetta's bat it hasn't hit anything all year.

4. Let Rennick loose on 'em I hear he is a handful.

5. Read some of my lame jokes to them, that should be a last resort as it is cruel and unusual punishment even for savage little pests.

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