Video: Denver Cruisers Explain Why Wednesday Night Ride Is Their Crack

Each week throughout the summer, we've been documenting the Denver Cruiser Ride, which has become a Wednesday night tradition in Denver -- including tomorrow night, when the scheduled theme is "Pirates, Sea Men & Mermaids." Why do so many cyclists turn out week after week? To find out, videographer Anthony Martin went along for a recent ride to get an inside look at the phenomenon. Check out what he saw here.

See also: Photos: Can You Guess the Theme of This Week's Denver Cruiser Ride?

Videos: Chauncey Billups's Retirement -- and Why the Nuggets Need Him

Categories: Sports, Videos

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Videos below.
Denver native Chauncey Billups, who placed very high on our list of the ten best athletes to be born in Colorado, has announced his retirement from the NBA after seventeen years -- and the Nuggets, with whom he played during two separate stints, should take advantage of his availability by bringing him back into the fold right away. Why? After last year's injury-riddled downturn, local enthusiasm for the squad is at a low ebb -- but it could be reversed if the Nugs hire Billups in a significant off-the-court capacity. Worked out pretty well with the Broncos and John Elway, didn't it?

To bolster our argument, we've assembled a collection of great Chauncey-in-Denver moments. Enjoy them below.

See also: Ten Best Athletes to Be Born in Colorado

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Anti-Pot "Don't Be a Lab Rat" Campaign Uses Disputed Facts That Might Be True

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A cage that's part of the "Don't Be a Lab Rat" campaign. More photos plus videos below.
Mike Sukle, the advertising agency pro who worked with Colorado officials to develop a new anti-pot campaign, had a significant challenge on his hands. He wanted to warn teens away from marijuana use without engaging in the sort of hyperbole they'd likely reject. Hence, "Don't Be a Lab Rat," which presents controversial facts and then asks viewers the equivalent of "Wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry?"

Continue for more details from Sukle, plus additional photos and videos.

See also: Videos: "Drive High, Get a DUI" Campaign Uses a (Mostly) Lighter Touch to Fight Stoned Driving

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Video: Peyton Manning Reclaims "Worst Rapper Ever" Title in New DirecTV Ad

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Video and another screen capture below.
Hot on the heels of Peyton Manning's awkward dancing to "Rocky Top," which won the Internet via memes, GIFs and Vines, the Quarterback King of All Media is once again showing off his nonexistent skills in another medium: rap. In a sequel of sorts to last year's DirecTV ad, Peyton and little brother Eli Manning tout the service's new fantasy football channel in a "song" featuring weird special effects plus cameos by dad Archie Manning, Joe Namath and music-video-style hotties aplenty. As for Peyton's flow, he makes Shaquille O'Neal seem like Jay Z by comparison. Thank heavens he's good at football. Check out another screen capture and the extended version of the clip below.

See also: Peyton Manning's awkward dancing wins the Internet via Vine, GIF, memes

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Videos: Peyton Manning prefers Dan Marino and Kevin Durant over Tyra Banks circa 1998

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Tyra Banks in 1998. Videos below.
If you ever had any doubts about how big a sports fan Peyton Manning is, they were erased at last night's ESPY awards. PM was named Best NFL Player and honored for Best Record-Setting Performance, and in accepting the latter, he said receiving the bauble from Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant topped the moment when he was given the Best College Player ESPY by supermodel Tyra Banks in 1998.

Who would you prefer to hand you a trophy -- Marino and Durant or Banks in her mid-twenties? To help you decide, we've juxtaposed a clip of last night's acceptance speech with 1998 footage of Banks issued in conjunction with that year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Enjoy making the comparison below.

See also: Photos: Peyton Manning Broncos victory memes

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Video: Westword's strange-but-true guide to Colorado pot rules

Categories: Marijuana, Videos

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Bailey Geoghan, in character, gets some bad news. Video below.
More than six months after limited recreational marijuana sales became legal in Colorado, lots of out-of-towners (and some locals, too) remain confused about the rules. But we at Westword are here to help.

Smokin' Smart: A Guide to Colorado's Pot Rules, by director and co-star Bailey Geoghan, takes a 1950s-style public-service-announcement approach, with an unseen but thoroughly hep narrator schooling "Billy," a visitor from Salt Lake City, about the dos and don'ts of cannabis consumption in the Mile High state. Check out the hilarious yet informative results below.

See also: Update: See all 88 retail pot shops Denver has licensed in six months since sales began

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See Chad Greenlees get knocked out by lightning while making lightning video

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The moment before Chad Greenlees hit the deck. Videos below.
Yesterday morning, we shared a collection of user-generated clips from Monday's epic lightning storm -- but we missed the most memorable one. Turns out Arvada's Chad Greenlees was recording the light show on his cell phone from his garage when a nearby strike literally knocked him out. Fortunately, Greenlees okay, and so is his phone, which captured the flash and the moment he collapsed. Continue for the clip, as well as a 7News report in which Greenlees tells his shocking story.

See also: Videos: See your clips of lightning storm that lit up Denver

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Video: Obama at Wazee Supper Club asked, "Want a hit, man?"

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President Barack Obama getting an offer he could refuse. Photos and a video below.
As we all know, Barack Obama has made more than a few trips to Colorado since accepting the Democratic nomination for president here in 2008, with many of the most memorable moments coming at times when he's mixed with regular folks.

The latest example? Obama's trip to the area on and near 15th Street last night included a handshake with a guy wearing a horse's head mask and this question from someone at the Wazee Supper Club: "Want a hit, man?"

See also: Photos: Obama wins as many votes by visiting The Sink as talking at CU-Boulder

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Videos: See your clips of lightning storm that lit up Denver

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Videos below.
Last night's storms brought fierce winds, piles of hail and scattered power outages to Denver and outlying locations last night. But practically everyone got a chance to witness a spectacular light show, as bolts of electricity illuminated the metro area.

Look below to see user-shared footage of the striking scene.

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Video: Denver police active-shooter clip the bloodiest public-service footage ever?

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Video below.
We tend to think of videos made by public agencies as staid, safe and dull. Not so the latest clip from the Denver Police Department showing law enforcers simulating an active shooter situation in a building at the old University Hospital site. The footage includes gunshots, explosions, hysterical screaming, open wounds, draining blood and bodies everywhere, supplemented by looks behind the scenes and one participant's analysis of what officers did wrong. The result may be the first public-service video that's not safe for work. See it below.

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