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John Elway, Swinger

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Not so long ago, plenty of pundits seemed to think that John Elway might be interested in a political career -- but why in the hell would he hurl himself into that meat-grinder when he's capable of earning a nice living by letting people pay him to play around? Witness Big John's participation in the two-part Pro Sports Team Golf Challenge, which is set to air at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, and 6 p.m. Sunday, June 29 on FSN Rocky Mountain. He'll team up with fellow pigskin vets Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Strahan against quartets representing basketball, hockey and baseball.

Granted, he's not the only participant with Colorado sports connections.

The basketball squad includes Kenny Smith, the TNT analyst who spent his court years with the Houston Rockets -- although he played for the Denver Nuggets for about ten minutes at the tail end of his career. Meanwhile, the baseball outfit features Bret Saberhagen, who came to the Colorado Rockies after stellar runs with, among others, the Kansas City Royals. The Rockies envisioned him as a pitching savior, but that's not the way it worked out. Westword's August 30, 1995 issue spotlighted the programmers and technicians who provide music at Rockies games, and Saberhagen was on the mound during the nationally televised contest against the Chicago Cubs during which I got a chance to watch them work. Thank goodness I had something to distract me from Saberhagen's performance. He lasted only a third of an inning before being yanked, giving up an astonishing seven runs during that span. The Cubs wound up walloping the Rockies 26 to 7.

Perhaps he'll do better when it comes to golf, but probably not. After all, 7 is Elway's lucky number. -- Michael Roberts

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