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$0.02: Theodore started like a slug, but he’s finishing fast

Devon O'Neil

Let me get this straight. Former NHL MVP Jose Theodore comes to Denver in a trade, but doesn’t play for a month due to a bum heel. When the goaltender finally does get on the ice at the end of the regular season, he goes 1-3-1 and looks nothing like the wall he was in Montreal.

Then come the playoffs, and everything ” everything ” changes. Theodore stops a whopping 50 shots in the overtime series clincher against Dallas, spearheading Colorado’s stunning 4-1 upset as the No. 7 seed. Suddenly he’s the most popular guy on the team.

This is much better than any other rented hero story I can recall. Thanks to Theodore ” and, yes, the rest of the suddenly unflappable Avs have done their part too ” Colorado looks like a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Sure, it’s only the second round. And sure, goalies fluctuate between hot and cold like a Colorado spring day.

But don’t forget that Public Enemy No. 1, the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings, are already out of the playoffs, courtesy of Edmonton.

At this point in Colorado’s season, “anything is possible” sounds like an understatement. …

You don’t think Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix felt a twinge of satisfaction when Peter Forsberg and the Flyers exited stage-golf-season Tuesday ” two days after his Avs advanced ” do you? …

Our stat of the week is so difficult to believe, it feels like a lie. Last summer, the Colorado Rockies were among the worst in baseball when it came to winning games on the road. This year, no National League club is better.

The Stat That Shows It All: Colorado won its eighth road game on April 28. Last year, the Rockies didn’t win No. 8 until July 18. In other words, it would’ve been like them winning No. 8 last Friday, then losing 37 consecutive contests away from Coors Field.

Don’t look now, but something is being done right in purple. …

A day before the NFL Draft kicked off last week, the Texans announced that they’d signed defensive end and No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams to a six-year deal worth $54 million, $26.5 million of which is guaranteed.

Last April, the 49ers gave their No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Alex Smith, a six-year deal worth $49.5 million, with $24 million in guaranteed cash.

Let’s forget for a moment what obscene numbers those are for employees taking their first jobs out of college. Instead, let’s focus on the dramatic increase between the two.

One year equates to an additional $4.5 million overall, and $1.5 million guaranteed? When will this stop? Will we eventually see unproven kids getting $50 million in guaranteed money (and $100 million overall) 20 years from now? I sure hope not. …

I know nothing’s personal and all, but Matt Leinart must really hate Vince Young. First Young got the national title in his final college game, then he went to Leinart’s old college coach, the Titans’ Norm Chow, with the No. 3 pick ” seven picks higher than Leinart. Somewhere (I believe they call it Arizona) Matt Leinart is planning his revenge. …

Who says Florida State is no longer a professional football factory? The Seminoles had four players drafted among the top 19 selections ” on defense alone! …

In parting, the question has lingered on my mind for months now. Does anyone in this world have a deeper voice than Scottie Pippen?

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