Stan Kroenke’s got himself one heck of a professional sports pleasure palace over there in Inglewood, Calif.
As ostentatious monuments to American sporting largesse go, the home of Kroenke’s Los Angeles Rams (as well as the Chargers) is almost without peer.
Opened this fall, SoFi Stadium is 3.1 million square feet in size, can seat more than 70,000 fans and even has a translucent roof — because, you know, those Southern California winters can be unforgiving.
Total price tag: approximately $5 billion.
KSE — D+
So, can someone please explain why the man atop the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment food chain can’t figure out a way for Avalanche and Nuggets fans to watch their teams play this winter?
Here we are, at the start of Year 2 of the Comcast/Altitude TV dispute, and it’s come to this: Subscribe to DirecTV or its streaming service, become a no-good streaming pirate or stop watching Avs and Nuggets games altogether.
Because nobody is getting inside Ball Arena anytime soon — not while the COVID-19 pandemic continues — and there’s no end in sight to a stalemate that has kept Altitude TV away from Comcast subscribers for going on 16 months.
We here at the Grading the Week offices don’t claim to have good business sense — heck, we chose sports journalism as a profession — but cutting off customers from your product doesn’t exactly seem like a wise move to us.
Even more of a head-scratcher: Both the Nuggets and Avalanche are legitimate title contenders. This is the time to grow your fanbase, not let it wither.
So, please, Stan, if not for us, do it for you. Spare us a few games.
McKinley Wright IV — A
Let’s all take a moment and give thanks that we get another season of Wright in CU Buffs black and gold.
The crafty 6-foot point guard is the biggest reason CU men’s basketball is 6-1 through seven games this season, including four straight wins prior to the team’s brief Christmas break.
Too often, talented college basketball players are in a rush to make the jump to the NBA. But Wright correctly read his standing as an end-of-the-draft long shot, returned to Boulder for his senior year and is now producing his best season so far with the Buffs.
The numbers — 16.3 points per game on 60.8% shooting (42.1% from 3), 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds — are tremendous.
So, too, is the shot making, which was on full display in the final minutes of Tuesday’s 74-64 win over Grand Canyon, when Wright sank all manner of floaters to put away a pesky Antelopes squad.
The coronavirus robbed the Buffs and Wright of an NCAA Tournament trip last spring. It’s starting to look like this March just might offer redemption for both.
Nuggets’ City Edition jerseys — F
We already knew the third and final installment of the Nuggets’ “City Edition” jerseys were an assault upon the eyeballs. Then we saw Denver play in them Christmas night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The result? A 121-108 loss that was somehow even worse than that score suggests.
The Basketball Gods have spoken.
There’s only one thing to be done with those Flatirons Red abominations: Light them on fire, so we can all dance around their ashes.