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The sporting life

Paul E. AnnaAspen, CO Colorado

If you are a fan of team sports in general and local teams in particular, then the upcoming weekend is pulled straight from heaven for your viewing pleasure.This is the time of year when the National Football League is in full swing; major league baseball’s fall season is at its peak; college football nears the halfway point; and the National Hockey League is just getting started. Oh, and let’s not forget the Beckham League and the full schedule of fall high school sports.Today through Sunday evening presents the ultimate opportunity for local sports fans.Start here at 6 p.m. tonight at the Aspen High School gymnasium where the girls volleyball squad will face Olathe as they look for their second victory of the season. Then, just outside under the lights, it’s the 4-1 Aspen High School Skiers football team taking on 5-0 Olathe. Aspen and Olathe are tied atop the Western Slope 2A Conference standings and a win would give the Skiers a leg up in the race for the postseason.Saturday brings college football (how about them Buffaloes?) and, of course, Game 3 of the Rockies/Phillies divisional playoff series at 7:30 p.m. on TBS. The Rockies improbable September run to the postseason has brought a lilt to the steps of many in this region. A winning team can do that.This will be the latest a baseball game has ever been played at Coors Field, as it is already Oct. 6. If the Rocks go all the way to a Game 7 in the World Series, that contest is scheduled for Nov. 1 – barring rain or snow delays. Ah, the boys of summer sure like to stretch it out.By the way, a front is predicted to arrive a bit before game time.Sunday dawns in Denver on a day that will see the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (last year saw 66,000 runners) fire the gun at 7 a.m.; Oktoberfest pour its first beer on Larimer street at noon; the Broncos tee it up against the Chargers at 2:15 p.m. (Invesco Field at Mile High, capacity 76,125); the Avalanche face off against the Sharks at 5 p.m. (Pepsi Center, capacity 19,309); the Colorado Rapids kicking off against Toronto FC at 6 p.m. (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, capacity 18,000). And, if a Game 4 is necessary, the Rockies throw the first pitch against the Phillies at 7:30 p.m. (Coors Field, capacity 50,200).Whether you plan on going to Denver and rooting in person, or just staying here in the valley, television clicker in hand, that is one full day of sports.And for this weekend, at least, Play Ball!