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March 31, 2008 10:05 PM

win,lose & Drew: A Glorious Opening Day


It doesn't matter to me that the Rockies road opener got rained out. The first game of a new baseball season is always sunny.

I really like the feel of this drawing. Normally I'm always nit picking my cartoons long after they are published but I like the character opening the window and the look of the sunflower in full bloom. Thanks to the great e-mail from Kent I decided to colorize the cartoon for the internet.


  • April 1, 2008

    1:14 PM

    Tom writes:

    I already posted my thoughts on the Rockies real opening day, which was highlighted by Jeff Francis getting rocked hard by St. Louis.

    Of course, with the help of stupid MLB rules that say the make up game doesn't begin with the same score as when the original game was postponed, the Rockies start anew.

    However, if Francis' start yesterday is any indication of his upcoming season, the Rockies will be out of contention by Mother's Day. Everything comes down to pitching. Well....to be fair, Todd Helton's adventure in the field trying to backhand a ball made one wonder how good the defense really will be....I think after last years record pace, they'll have a set back, especially with Nix at second. Tulowitzki will likely have a sophomore slump this year. His 3rd season will probably be a bounce back season, but a lot of players that have a nice rookie year struggle in year two.

    I see the NL West looking like this at the end of the season...

    1. San Diego.
    2. Arizona (10 games back)
    3. L.A. (12 games back)
    4. Colorado (19 games back)
    5. San Francisco (21 games back)

    Anyone else have a prediction? Lets have fun with this....Drew? How about you? What order do you see the NL West? Order of finish? Games back? etc....

    I think the expectations will be a major distraction for Colorado. They'll try too hard to replicate last year.


  • April 1, 2008

    4:18 PM

    John writes:

    I feel this way about baseball season, too--more than any other pro sports season start.


    As I look back at Drew's 'toon archive, I can't help but wonder why off-season Broncos cartoons dominate the in-season Nuggets or Avs. I counted 4 Avs cartoons since last season ended.

    Drew's taking me to Boresville.

  • April 1, 2008

    10:38 PM

    Tom writes:

    The NHL drove away the people who actually cared about the sport. The NHL is now a fringe league. It will never recover from the lockout.


    I've followed hockey for 24 years. I'm a huge fan of the GAME, but I'm not a fan of the NHL anymore. I'll never forgive the NHL for locking people out of what was their favorite past time because of MONEY. Gary Bettman and his cohorts ruined what was a great league that had a diehard, passionate, if not huge fanbase. Actually though...I'd wager that the NHL once had a bigger following among the middle and lower classes in America than any other major pro league because it was unique and affordable to the average Joe. It's not that way anymore. If you're not willing to fork over sixty to a hundred bucks, you're basically out of luck. The Rich own the good seats now. The diehard, passionate fan has been nudged aside by Gary and his gang. Millionaires rule.
    Bettman thought he could sell the NHL like he tried to sell the NBA. Didn't work. It will continue to not work.
    The true fans of the game of hockey got screwed and screwed hard.
    I was one that wa pulling for the NHL to fold and wither away into nothingness. I was hoping that with the NHL gone, the CHL (Canadian Hockey League) would start up with only Canadian teams in it. If that had happened, then that would have been a real hockey league.
    The NHL is a joke. From now on, it'll never be anything but a joke league.
    The GAME of hockey, however, is and will always be the greatest game ever played.


  • April 1, 2008

    10:59 PM

    RedRover writes:

    I would love to see Colorado come out on top but I think last year was a fluke. I would love the Rox to prove me wrong though. I think either SD or AZ will come out of the west.

  • April 2, 2008

    11:58 AM

    bubbabeers writes:

    Wow, those of you that doubted Peter Forsberg must really feel stupid now. He is still the single most talented player the league has seen in recent history - I saw him play against Edmonton and it is incredible to watch. He can just take over a game!!! You can just see the fans (and the other team) sit on the edge of thier seats when he gets the puck. I guess your cartoon makes you look kinda dumb now ehe Drew?? Oh well, you can't know everything about every sport - stick to baseball :)

  • April 2, 2008

    12:20 PM

    Kurt writes:

    Its rocko season once again, can't wait for another magical season!

    NL west looks tough, but the rockies are a good team, and have only lost two key players. i think nix will be good to have in the mix.

    I'm gonna try my best to listen to toms hatred of the rockies, but i'm sure it will get old by mid season or so....but i will say your comments are interesting and well thought out.

    1. colorado
    2. San diego (1 game)
    3. Arizona (3 games)
    4. L.A. (4 games)
    5. san fran (15 games)

    go get'em rocks!

  • April 2, 2008

    2:45 PM

    Tom writes:

    Peter Forsberg WAS a great player. That was about 7 years ago.
    He is now a liability. He can't play every night. He is unreliable.
    The problem I have with Forsberg is that he is and always has been a primadonna. Yes, he's been hurt. Fine. No problem. Lots of players are hurt.
    But the difference is that Peter said he wouldn't come back to the NHL unless he could perform at 100%. He isn't performing at close to 100%. So he shouldn't be playing.
    No player who misses 80% of a season should be allowed to play in the NHL playoffs. It's crap.
    Don't even get me started on his alter ego "Floppa" either. The dive the Forsberg took recently against the Canucks was flat out embarrassing. he went down like he'd been shot. With that dive he gave Sidney Crosby a run for his money. He should be seriously ashamed. he wasn't even touched.
    Peter needs to leave the NHL alone and stop trying to force his way back into the spotlight. No one outside of Pepsi Center cares.
    There's my little rant for the day. Enjoy.


  • April 2, 2008

    4:21 PM

    Michael writes:

    Tom - I think you are basing your prediction a little too much on one non-game. I agree that the rule is stupid and they should have started where they left off, but the rules are what they are.
    You laughed at my optimism last year and see how things turned out. Once again I am going to be the voice of hope. It may be too much to ask for another great season like last year, but I still think it is going to be a great year.

    1. Colorado
    2. L.A. (2 games back)
    3. San Diego (10 games back)
    4. Arizona (12 games back)
    5. San Francisco (25 games back)

  • April 2, 2008

    6:37 PM

    Tom writes:

    Let the games begin.

    Seriously....I don't mind you and I or anyone else jabbing each other about the local teams here. I welcome civil debates, as you and other know.
    The way I figure it....as long as there aren't any personal attacks against posters here, then the local teams are fair game for praise and critical banter.

    I just think the Rockies have as much chance of winning the NL West as the Baltimore Orioles have of winning the AL East this year. In other words....they have no shot.

    To me...the Rockies are 0-1 right now, and only because they were going to lose that real opening game very badly. I simply do not buy into this "re-opener" game crap. If by some miracle they somehow sneak into the playoffs this year, and it's by one game....then it deserves serious discussion about the rules that say a game gets washed off the books when the home team is winning 5-1 and shelling the opposing starting pitcher. Everyone knows the Rockies were never going to come back in that game, even though it was "only" the 3rd inning.
    The question now is....which Rockies team is real? The one who started off like a little league squad, or the one who won 2-1?
    I don't buy for a second that this roster can make noise, and it's all because the starting pitching is suspect from top to bottom.


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