The Buffs busted our brackets when Pitt walloped Tad Boyle's team Thursday.

But that's OK, the boys had a great run and a great year. Cheers to next year, team. In the meanwhile, soak your tears in some Denver sporting events this weekend.

•The Colorado Avalanche will be at home ice on Friday against the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver. Tickets start at $31, but you know you can find them cheaper than that. I'll leave it up to your illegal bartering skills. Sinners.


Christy Fantz
Christy Fantz

•The Denver Nuggets are on home court Sunday, up against the Washington Wizards at 3 p.m., also at the Pepsi Center. I just pulled up tickets at for $2. Poor Nuggets. For that cheap, it's almost imperative you buy a ticket. (Plus metered parking is free in Denver on Sunday. Perfect.)

•Check out Colorado's Major League Soccer team, the Rapids, take on the Portland Timbers on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City. Tickets start at $29. The season just started, so check old how Colorado's legend-turned-new-coach Pablo Mastroeni handles his new duties leading the team. (He just retired as a player after more than 11 seasons with the Rapids.)


•The Colorado Rockies are — nope, calm down, not playing yet. But you can go gather in line on Saturday at Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver, to join the lottery for Opening Day tickets for the Rockpile and the new Rooftop Deck. Because you won't get them otherwise. Unless you want to pay next semester's tuition.

Well, not really, but a Forbes story this week just listed Rockies as No. 10 in the 10 most expensive MLB opening day tickets, with one ticket averaging $174.40.

So head down on Saturday at 10 a.m. and get in the lotto line (it's a lottery, so camping out six hours early won't help). Opening Day, which is Friday, April 4, is a raging party in Denver. Even if you can't get tickets, head down for the rooftop bar festivities. It's always a blast.


Eat up!

A Taste of Colorado is not really a taste of Colorado.

It's more like a taste of dried-out turkey legs and over-priced ears of sweet corn. With a side of old-lady ass cheeks and warm Coors Light.

Alas, there's six more months until that hot mess of a Labor Day festival comes around, so for now, let's talk about the first-annual A Bite of the Rockies.

On Saturday (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) at the Denver Mart in the Pavilion Building, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver, will host the indoor food festival that showcases more than 40 local restaurants (the real local guys), more than 200 vendors, various food trucks, a stage with local chef demonstrations and an entertainment stage, featuring the Colorado Symphony. (Fancy.) There will also be a Community Market featuring local and international goods, including bottled Colorado artisan pickles, sauces, etc., for sale — and even a "Food Snob Strip" for you fancy foodies. $5 entry; 15 tasting tickets for $10.


Street art tour

Slow down!

Said your mother, the authorities, your boss, (especially) your girlfriend... And now, Colorado business Walk2Connect is also telling us to slow down.

Walk2Connect is a Denver social enterprise that takes participants on themed community walking trip and tours to, well, get us moving, and also to get us socializing with other humans.

On Saturday, the group will touring City Safari: Guerrilla Art at 1 p.m. The five-mile, three-hour walk takes participants through the back alleys of Santa Fe's Art District, the Golden Triangle and the Baker neighborhoods (all around the historic South Broadway area) to view street art.

Visit to figure out where to meet, make a reservation and the last stop includes beer. $25.

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