Gotta hand it to Russell Wilson. In roughly one month’s time, the Broncos’ new starting quarterback has already taken in numerous essential Colorado experiences.
Opening day at Coors Field? Check. An evening with the Nuggets at Ball Arena? Check. The purchase of a brand-new Subaru Outback? We’re just going to assume that’s a check as well.
Russell Wilson’s house — A
And now, the true pièce de résistance: House hunting in the insanely expensive Denver metro real estate market.
For those who missed Post business reporter Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton’s report earlier this week, Team Russ broke what is hopefully the first of many records on the Front Range when his family bought a Cherry Hills Village mansion for $25 million.
The 20,060-square-foot home sits on 5.34 acres in the exclusive neighborhood. Among the amenities on the property: a pool, game room, home theater, basketball court and nine-car garage (so, plenty of room for that new Subaru).
Oh, and it also has four bedrooms and 12 bathrooms — which might be the most bizarre bedroom-to-bathroom ratio the Grading the Week staff has ever seen.
Luckily for Russ and his family, they moved from a city where housing prices are even more looney than the Denver metro. Don’t believe us? Wilson’s 11,104-square-foot home on the shores of Lake Washington was just listed at $36 million.
So we can hold off on passing the hat to keep Russ out of PMI… and expect full-size candy bars come Trick-or-Treat time.
Baseball — F
Baseball is so broken that perfect games no longer matter.
A game wholly dominated by numbers has now become a slave to them — even at the expense of history.
Such was the case earlier this week when Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opted to remove Clayton Kershaw after seven innings when he was throwing a perfect game.
The way the Dodgers told it, Roberts and Kershaw decided the risk of injury was too great for the future Hall of Famer to chase the record books though he had thrown only 80 pitches. There are too many bigger goals on the horizon, they said.
On the face of it, the decision sounds reasonable enough. Kershaw is coming off an injury that kept him out of last year’s playoffs, the lockout robbed him of a full spring training to slowly ramp up his pitch count, and he’s an important piece in the Dodgers’ quest to return to the World Series.
Then we are reminded that there have been only 23 perfect games in the history of Major League Baseball — a history that dates all the way back to the late 19th century — and all that “big picture” talk goes directly out the window.
When a shot at immortality presents itself, sometimes you just have to go with it — consequences be damned.
We’ll leave it to Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacín to be the voice of reason:
“If I’m the one pitching,” Chacín told reporters Thursday night, “I’m not going to let them take me out with a chance for a no-hitter or perfect game. … They would have to pull me off the mound.”
Kicking and screaming.
Hockey Town, USA — A+
Over the course of five days, a pair of Denver teams delivered two periods of breathtaking hockey to a national audience.
The first: The last 16 minutes of DU’s national title-clinching 5-1 win over Minnesota State in the Frozen Four last Saturday. Five goals in 16 minutes, punctuated by a pair of empty netters that turned University and Evans into Studio 54.
The second: The first 10 minutes of the Avalanche’s 9-3 demolition of the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night at Ball Arena. That was four goals in 10 minutes, followed by the sound of 31 NHL general managers banging their heads against a wall.