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And the award goes to….

It’s awards season! What better way to celebrate, than to award some of the best in Colorado sports this previous year. It was a great year full of very deserving nominees, but there could only be one winner!

  • Best production: 2016 Colorado Rapids.

My runaway winner for best production. The Rapids in their 21st year of existence, was hands down, the franchise’s greatest year, going undefeated at home (11-0) and finishing second overall in the regular season, while only giving up 7 goals the entire time at home. That’s good enough for the MLS record for goals-against average, with an outstanding 0.41 mark. The year also featured a 15 straight match streak, a conference finals appearance and the acquisition of the United States national team goalie, Tim Howard.

General Manager Tim Hinchey was named MLS Executive of the year, but quite possibly the most important hardware that Hinchey collected this year? The title of Executive of the year, dubbed by Mile High Sports in our awards issue back in January.

  • Best male in a lead role: Colorado Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich

There is a buzz around Blake Street for the first time in a while and this man, is the engineer behind it all. Jeff Bridich immediately went to work this off-season with a big splash, signing IF Ian Desmond to a massive, 5-year deal. However, Bridich wasn’t done, executing moves to bolster the Colorado Rockies bullpen, signing two-time all-star closer Greg Holland and a lefty arm in Mike Dunn. The culture feels changed and I’ve never been more excited for a year of baseball.

With a line-up that is expected to be once again, one of the best in the league. The Rockies are pushing into the 2017 year with lots of promise and excitement and Jeff Bridich is leading the way.

  • Best male in a supporting role: Shane Ray.

After DeMarcus Ware went down due to injury, Shane Ray stepped into the spotlight and thrived to take home best male in a supporting role. Ray recorded a sack in four of the Denver Broncos final six games, finishing the year with 8.0, giving Bronco fans strong encouragement that the future is in good hands if/when the team moves on from Ware.

  • Best female in a supporting role: Mallory Pugh.

What a year for the Highlands Ranch soccer native. In Rio de Janeiro, she become the youngest United States player to score a goal in the Olympics, in the 59th minute in the team’s final group match against Colombia. She was also named the Gatorade National Female Soccer Player of the Year and featured, in a previous issue of Mile High Sports Magazine.

  • Best animated short: Jamal Murray’s “Bow and arrow.”

There is nobody with a better animated celebration in Denver right now, than Jamal Murray.

His arrows are lethal, as put on display in the Team World vs Team USA game during the All-Star break, when Murray went off for 34 points, 11 assists and hitting nine three pointers on the way to an MVP award in the game.

  • Best costume design: Colorado Rockies.

The second award given out to the Rockies this year, Colorado made a slight, yet stunning and gorgeous change to their shade of purple on their uniforms for this year worthy of all the awards.

  • Best foreign actor: Nikola Jokic.

The Serbian star has shined bright this year, bringing an excitement back to the Pepsi Center that has been dormant for quite some time. Jokic over a 10 day period in February really caught fire, netting his first and second career triple-doubles, with a 40 point night in-between against the New York Knicks. Jokic appears to be the young block Denver has been desperately seeking for General Manager Tim Connelly to build around for the future.

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