The Denver Post sports columnist Mark Kiszla gives his take on the top stories in Colorado sports and sits down with the biggest names in the landscape on the Kickin' It With Kiz podcast.
How Bill Hanzlik turned action in gym from hoops to food-bank distribution fight against coronavirus
Bill Hanzlik's coolest contribution to Denver is the Gold Crown Foundation, which recently joined in the fight against COVID-19 by lending a big hand to neighborhood food banks.
Could baseball in a bubble really save Colorado Rockies' season?
So you're saying there's a chance? Although the deadly coronavirus has wreaked havoc with all aspects of American life, there are people who optimistically believe there can be baseball in 2020, if all major-league teams play in a bubble down in Arizona. Far-fetched? Perhaps. But in this edition of the Kickin' It podcast, Dr. Rand McClain, who practices sports medicine in Los Angeles, sells Mark Kiszla on the idea that bubble baseball could indeed work. Plus in "The Just One More Thing" segment, ESPN's new sports documentary on the last championship run by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls has sparked a debate: Was Scottie Pippen indispensable as a sidekick to Jordan, or was Pippen over-rated?
Know what's cooler than Graham Glasgow's $44 million contract with Broncos? His dog Gordy.
We all know the Broncos signed offensive lineman Graham Glasgow as a free agent to allow quarterback Drew Lock to sleep easier at night. But know what gives Glasgow and his wife peace of mind during the age of coronavirus? A dog named Gordy. "He's basically our son. I even call him that," Glasgow told Mark Kiszla in this edition of the Kickin' It Podcast. Plus in "The Just One More Thing" segment, Kiz idly wonders how much life would be better for the Broncos, if only John Elway had traded up to draft running back Christian McCaffrey in 2017. A harmless pipe dream? Not if you ask one irked Broncos fan.
Olympic great Edwin Moses talks coronavirus, Tokyo Olympics and toilet-paper hoarding
Edwin Moses, among the greatest U.S. Olympians of all time, never stumbled while winning 122 straight races in the 400-meter hurdles from 1977-87. But when the coronavirus recently came knocking at his family's door, Moses was shaken to his core. "It's no joke," Moses told says in this edition of the Kickin' It pod. Plus in the "Just One More Thing" segment, a Broncos fan bristles at any suggestion a 9-7 record and playoff berth would be considered a success for the team in 2020.
Why struggling players desperately need $250K gift from St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright
With COVID-19 ravaging the health of American citizens and the U.S. economy, Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright have pledged a combined $350,000 to assist financially struggling ballplayers. In this edition of the Kickin' It pod, Mark Kiszla talks to Jeremy Wolf, the executive director of More Than Baseball, about the very real challenges faced by poorly compensated minor-leaguers who often live below the poverty line. Plus in "The Just One More Thing" segment, a fan gives Kiz grief for trying to stir up trouble between running back Phillip Lindsay and the Broncos.
How Colorado-strong Kyle Freeland bounced off bottom and beat toughest foe — self-doubt
Colorado's favorite son couldn't get anybody out. During a rough 2019 season on the mound, Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland admits, "I'd be lying to say that my mind never went there to think: 'This (stinks) in general. And I (stink).' " Freeland shares how he bounced off the bottom with Mark Kiszla in this edition of the Kickin' It pod. Plus, in the "Just One More Thing" segment, Kiz stands up to cheer the Olympics for postponing the Summer Games until 2021.