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Confession Of A Colorado Sports Fan

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Russ Oates makes his first trip out to Denver. He had a great time.

Union Station
Union Station

I have a secret: For the last 14 years I have been a bad Colorado sports fan. I've never been to Denver--until this past weekend. As my bio states, I have lived my entire life in New York but have been a Colorado sports fan since 1996. Because I oversee this site, SB Nation flew me out to Denver to attend the launch party. So follow me as I give you a photo essay of my time in Denver, otherwise known to me as the Promised Land.

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Unfortunately, the Rockies weren't in town so I still have not attended a game at Coors Field. But it is a beautiful stadium, and I can't wait to return.

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I took a tour of Coors Field, and here is the purple row in the stadium. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a picture of me sitting in there. Yeah, the head blogger at PurpleRow.com couldn't sit in the area.

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The Rockies decided to fire Jim Tracy and hire me as his replacement. I was fired five seconds later for making this gesture. Actually, I'm just sitting on a newly installed bench for Tracy.

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Back in 2006, the Denver Post's Troy Renck wrote an article that included a line about the bloggers at Purple Row not being able to point out the Rockies in Union Station even if they were lined up in a row. It was our first Denver Post recognition!

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I want to come back and watch the Broncos win so many games here.

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Yep, I definitely came at the wrong time to catch a game in Denver. It's the offseason for the Broncos, Nuggets and Avs. I'll be back, Pepsi Center.

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Here we are at the Blake Street Tavern for the SB Nation  Denver launch party/meet-up. SB Nation event coordinator Rosalinda captured the feel of the crowed. Fans of all ages showed up. Matthew Muzia is leaning against the pole while I explain something with a hand gesture, and Jon Woods, hat on backwards, discusses the Buffs.

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Rosalinda hands out one of the prizes. Purple Row community member RdRnnr picks up the shirt he won in the raffle.

I shall return, Denver!