Colorado snow totals for April 10, 2019

The following Colorado snow totals have been reported by the National Weather Service for April 10, 2019, as of 11:20 p.m.

Aspen Springs — 4.9 inches at 7:29 p.m.

Avon Nnw — 2 inches at 7 a.m.

Beulah — 6 inches at 9:37 p.m.

Black Forest — 4 inches at 8:12 p.m.

Boulder — 1.2 inches at 2:54 p.m.

Breckenridge — 2 inches at 10:03 a.m.

Cortez — 4.4 inches at 1:57 p.m.

Crescent Village — 5 inches at 3:41 p.m.

Denver Intl Airport — 1.2 inches at 6:05 p.m.

Denver — 1.8 inches at 5:25 p.m.

Edgewater — 1.6 inches at 6:13 p.m.

Englewood — 1 inch at 4:42 p.m.

Estes Park — 7.5 inches at 1:25 p.m.

Florissant — 4 inches at 8:43 p.m.

Foxfield — 1.5 inches at 4:44 p.m.

Greeley — 2 inches at 6:40 p.m.

Jamestown — 4.4 inches at 3:21 p.m.

Lafayette — 2.5 inches at 8 p.m.

Longmont — 2 inches at 5:56 p.m.

Loveland — 2 inches at 1:30 p.m.

Mancos — 9 inches at 8:44 p.m.

Manila Village — 4 inches at 7:41 p.m.

Nederland — 6 inches at 5:45 p.m.

Niwot — 2.4 inches at 7:40 p.m.

Ponderosa Park — 4 inches at 5:34 p.m.

Rye — 5 inches at 9:23 p.m.

Shaffers Crossing — 2 inches at 5:16 p.m.

Silverton — 4 inches at 8:20 p.m.

The Pinery — 4 inches at 5:45 p.m.

Vail — 5.5 inches at 7:32 p.m.

Walsenburg — 2 inches at 7:30 p.m.

Winter Park — 9.5 inches at 1:35 p.m.

Treasury’s Mnuchin places off resolution on offering Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the department hasn’t decided whether to comply with a demand by a key House Democrat to deliver President Donald Trump’s tax returns and wouldn’t meet a Wednesday deadline to provide them.

In a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., who asked for Trump’s returns a week ago, Mnuchin said Treasury will consult with the Justice Department and “carefully” review the request further.

“The legal implications of this request could affect protections for all Americans against politically-motivated disclosures of personal tax information, regardless of which party is in power,” Mnuchin wrote.

He said the Treasury respects lawmakers’ oversight duties and would make sure taxpayer protections would be “scrupulously observed, consistent with my statutory responsibilities” as the department reviews the request.

Neal said in a statement that he “will consult with counsel and determine the appropriate response to the commissioner in the coming days.” Under the law, the IRS commissioner is required to provide access to any taxpayer’s returns when directed by the chairmen of the House or Senate tax-writing committees.

Mnuchin said Neal’s request raised important questions of “constitutional scope of congressional investigative authority, the legitimacy of the asserted legislative purpose, and the constitutional rights of American citizens.”

He quoted Capitol Hill Republicans in calling the request “Nixonian” and warned that it could set a precedent for disclosing personal tax information for political purposes.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump weighed in, telling reporters that he won’t agree to release his returns while he is under audit.

Trump said, “I would love to give them, but I’m not going to do it while I’m under audit.” The IRS says there’s no rule against subjects of an audit from publicly releasing their tax filings.

Neal asked the IRS last Wednesday to turn over six years of the president’s tax returns within a week. Trump has broken with decades of presidential precedent by not voluntarily releasing his returns to the public.

Trump’s position has long been that he is under audit and therefore could not release his returns. But in recent weeks, he has added to the argument, saying publicly and privately that the American people elected him without seeing his taxes and would do so again.

“Remember, I got elected last time — the same exact issue,” Trump said. “Frankly, the people don’t care.”

The president has told those close to him that the attempt to get his returns were an invasion of his privacy and a further example of the Democratic-led “witch hunt” — which he has called special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — meant to damage him.

Trump has repeatedly asked aides about the status of the House request and has inquired about the “loyalty” of the top officials at the IRS, according to one outside adviser who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Democrats didn’t expect the department to comply, but they haven’t sketched out their next steps. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., speaking before Mnuchin’s response was delivered, said it may take Neal a couple of days to issue his own response. House Democrats are at a party retreat in the Virginia suburbs of Washington.

“We’re not going to fold on this. We feel like this is clearly important to our oversight responsibilities,” Kildee said. “The law says pretty clearly that the chairman can order a return. It doesn’t say ‘for everybody except the president.’ ”

Neal has adopted a methodical approach to seeking Trump’s returns. He has the option of eventually seeking to subpoena the records or to go to court if Treasury does not comply, but it’s not clear he’ll adopt a more confrontational approach just yet.

Neal’s initial letter, sent a week ago, didn’t lay out any consequences for the IRS if it didn’t comply, and a spokesman said a likely course would be a second, more insistent, letter.

“We intend to follow through with this,” Neal said Wednesday, speaking before Mnuchin got back to him. “I’ll let you know fast.”

The request for Trump’s tax filings is but one of many oversight efforts launched by Democrats after taking back the House in last fall’s midterms. Neal is relying on a 1920s-era law that says the IRS “shall furnish” any tax return requested by the chairmen of key House and Senate committees.

Mnuchin told lawmakers that his department will “follow the law.”

The White House did not respond to questions as to whether the president asked Mnuchin or the IRS head to intervene. The president’s outside attorney also did not respond to a request for comment.

WHY ANTHONY DAVIS PROBABLY THINKS WE BELIEVE HIS DECEIT

Anthony Davis was up for some show and tell earlier this week in commemorating the inglorious end of his seven-year run with the now-moribund New Orleans Pelicans.

Before the Pelicans played their last game of the season yesterday, which though perfectly healthy Davis missed because of back spasms that have apparently plagued him since March 24, the six-time NBA all-star showed up wearing a Looney Tunes, “That’s All Folks!,” t-shirt.

Having failed to sufficiently expose his lack of character and basic decency the night before, this morning Davis somehow increased the ignominy of his exit from New Orleans by having the local media believe that the soon-to-be ex-Pelican had nothing to do with the selection of his Looney Tunes, “That’s All Folks!,” t-shirt the previous evening, 

When asked earlier today, “why did you choose that t-shirt last night?,” Davis responded, “I didn’t choose it. I actually didn’t choose it. It was hanging for me already when I put my clothes on.”

When Davis was then asked if he knew, “who hung,” the t-shirt for him to wear, he said, “no,” then paused to add, “I’m not sure,” before laughing along with a local media whose strangely misplaced sympathy went a long way to explaining why Davis went out the way he did.

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HSAC’s 2019 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

By Andrew Puopolo

Tonight, the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin when the Columbus Blue Jackets head to Florida to take on the President’s trophy winners Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning are heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season, having finished with 21 points more than the team with the second best team in the league. In light of their dominance, how likely are the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup this season?

To answer this question, I used a Glicko rating system model to simulate this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs 100,000 times. For those who are unfamiliar with what the Glicko rating system is, the Glicko rating system is an extension on the well known Elo rating system that dynamically updates after games. If a team wins a game, their rating goes up, if they lose a game their rating goes down. Beating a good team makes your rating go up by more than beating a bad team.

What differentiates the Glicko system from the Elo system is its ability to incorporate timing of matches into its prediction. In the Elo system, the rating changes at the same rate at the beginning and end of the season, which is problematic as the summer offseason changes the strengths of teams considerably, which should be reflected by team’s ratings moving more at the beginning of the season.

We fit our Glicko model using game results from the 2005/6 to the 2017/18 seasons. For the technical details behind fitting this model, please email me at andrewpuopolo@college.harvard.edu.

In our Glicko model, we estimated that the home team has an advantage of 33 rating points per game. This means that if two evenly rated teams face off, then the home team has a 54.7% chance of winning the game.

Our simulations are run “hot”, which means that we are constantly updating our estimate for a team’s strength throughout the (simulated) playoffs as they advance through more rounds.

First, we will look at our predictions for the first round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs:

These predictions are pretty much more or less what we expected. In the Eastern Conference, the 1-4 matchups in each division (Tampa Bay vs Columbus and Washington vs Carolina) see the team with home ice advantage as heavy favorites. We also have the Boston Bruins as slight favorites over the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, it is interesting to note that the Islanders are underdogs against the Pittsburgh Penguins, despite having home ice advantage. This is due to the Penguins having a rating that is 34 points higher than the Islanders, as it incorporates some of last year’s results into the estimate for a team’s rating.

In the West, the predictions for this series are more of a toss up. The Sharks and Golden Knights have almost identical team ratings and the model gives San Jose a slight edge due to home ice advantage. There is a similar phenomenon in the Winnipeg vs St. Louis series. The other two series see the better team with about a ⅔ chances of advancing.

Next, we will take a look at our predictions for the winner of each Conference

The Lightning are overwhelming favorites in the Eastern Conference, but despite their regular season dominance, only make it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 38% of our simulations. This is a testament to the great parity of hockey. Another thing to note is that despite having the second best record in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins only make the the Stanley Cup in 12% of simulations, while the Washington Capitals who finished with three fewer points in the regular season make the Stanley Cup in 20%. There are two explanations for this. The first is that the Capitals are rated higher than the Bruins due to their Stanley Cup win last season. The second is that there is a higher probability that the Bruins face the Lightning en route to the Stanley Cup than the Capitals do. The Bruins have to face the Lightning in 78% of simulations, while the Capitals only have to face the Lightning in 55%. In addition, the Bruins have to face a tougher opponent in the first round than the Capitals do.

The Western Conference is much more even than the East. Only two teams (the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche) have a fewer than 10% chance of qualifying, while no team has higher than a 21% chance. This shows the incredible parity that is currently present in the Western Conference.

Finally, we will look at our predictions for the probability of all sixteen teams winning the Stanley Cup:

Predictions for Stanley Cup Champion

Our results are somewhat as expected. The Lightning have a 27% chance of winning the Stanley Cup, while we see pretty strong parity across the rest of the league. We see that the East has about a 60% chance of winning the Stanley Cup over the West, which makes sense given that 3 of the top 4 teams by record came from the East.

If you have any questions for Andrew, please reach out to him at andrewpuopolo@college.harvard.edu

Colorado Rapids’ residence match vs. Seattle Sounders postponed by blizzard forecast

The Colorado Rapids have postponed their match against the Seattle Sounders until Sept. 7. Originally scheduled for Wednesday evening, an impending snowstorm has forced the Rapids and their fans to make new plans for the night.

The winter storm is expected to bring 4-8 inches of snow to the Denver area with 50 mph winds. The possible blizzard was too much for the Rapids (0-4-2) to attempt a potential Snow Clasico Four — just five weeks after the third edition when Colorado played Portland to a draw.

The Rapids are still scheduled to play at home at 7 p.m. Saturday against D.C. United. The forecast clears up Friday and Denver-area temperatures are expected to be in the 50s with some sun during the day Saturday.

Your Morning Dump… The place we're glad the common season is over

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

I, for one, am relieved to never have to watch another regular season game with this squad. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve felt this way about a Celtics team since I started watching circa the year 2002. I was nine at the time and was just content to watch any basketball back then. Now, I guess I have standards, or whatever. At any rate, this season was ass and I think Terry Rozier agrees with me:

“I couldn’t wait for this year to be over,” he said. “I ain’t gonna lie to you.” 

“I’m too happy right now. I’m happy we got through this long season,” he said today. “It hasn’t been perfect, but I feel like it’s going to shape us for the playoffs.

MassLive

That was from before last night’s win. Here’s a quote from after:

“I know I’m happy. I can speak for myself,” Rozier told reporters in Washington. “The season hasn’t been fun, personally. I know there are better things to come. I know we’re going to have a great playoff push, and I’m ready. … It ain’t nothing crazy. I just haven’t had that much fun. Last year I feel like was more fun to me. But it’s not all about me and I feel as a team, as a whole, we’re going to have a great playoff push.”

MassLive

For once, I think the Celtics and the fans are all on the same page. Despite how unenjoyable the regular season was, we see a team that looks ready for a strong playoff run. It’s hard to trust this group, but Hayward’s recent resurgence matters more than anything that’s happened in the 75 games before it. Kyrie, Horford, and Smart have all been great this year, so there are at least four core players that I trust right now. Baynes, when healthy, has been fantastic so I guess that makes five if he says in one piece. Jaylen Brown has molded himself into an effective bench player and Jayson Tatum… still drives me insane with his shot selection.

You probably don’t need me to remind you, but Rozier didn’t do himself any favors in making this season more fun. He clearly doesn’t have an eye for teammates making plays off the ball, nor does he have the sense to know whether to drive or pull up to shoot. Instead of playing with some caution, he put the pedal to the metal and hoped for the best. The most glaring issue of all is that he didn’t adapt his game to make up for some of his early-season shortcomings. While Rozier has often said what we’re all thinking, I don’t see it coming from a place of self-awareness. He wants a more prominent role so he can shoot more, while a lot of us want him to play smarter. No matter the results of the postseason, I can’t help but feel a little bad for Terry knowing he played himself out of a lot of money this season.

On page 2… a recap of a wild day around the NBA

Ok, so this isn’t strictly Celtics news, but drama levels were at an all-time high around the league and I can’t just ignore it, so here we go:

-Dirk Nowitzki drops 30 points in his final home game, and yes, he confirmed in the ceremony afterward that it was his final home game. Nobody seems to care about this as much as I do but, but Josh Jackson running over to double team Dirk on his final possession had me pretty heated. Why, Josh? WHY?

-In Dirk’s finale, Jamal Crawford became the oldest player to score 50+ points at age 39. It also made Phoenix the fourth team he’s had a 50 point game for, adding to the list of Golden State, Chicago, and New York.

-Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem play their final home games with Miami, which was somehow not on national television because somebody who gets paid to make decisions wanted the Celtics/Wizards game on NBATV instead. Wade had a 30 point game as well.

Extremely long drumroll

-Magic Johnson stepped down from his job with the Lakers. Just like that. Done. Over. Wasn’t feeling it anymore. This could impact the Celtics’ Anthony Davis negotiations if the Lakers are too much of a mess to re-engage the Pelicans on trying to find a deal. It’s impossible to predict, but less competition typically means a lower market price for a player. If the Pelicans can’t convincingly threaten to send Davis to another team, then the Celtics won’t be forced to put every single bargaining chip on the table. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.

more links

Boston Herald: Celtics backups end on fun note, win while Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum test injuries | Celtics’ Jaylen Brown finds his way out of a detoured season

Celtics.com: After regular-season finale, it’s full steam ahead for the Celtics

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Colorado man sentenced for stealing “Dukes of Hazzard” Sno-Cat

EAGLE — A Colorado man has been sentenced to three years in a community corrections program for stealing a Sno-Cat fitted out to look like the “General Lee,” the famous car featured in the classic television series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Jason Cuervo, of Grand Junction, was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to aggravated motor vehicle theft.

The 28-year-old, who has an extensive criminal history, stole the Sno-Cat and its trailer on March 11, 2018, in Minturn. Authorities say Cuervo hitched it to the back of his pickup and hauled it to Grand Junction.

The Sno-Cat was recovered after a woman followed it and called the sheriff’s office because she was curious why it was being towed by a small pickup.

Nuggets have fun Houston’s loss; Will Barton presents blunt evaluation heading into playoffs

SALT LAKE CITY – There were mixed, pointed and honest feelings emanating from the visitor’s locker room in Utah Tuesday night where the Nuggets’ postseason picture became clearer.

There was momentary relief and excitement after Gary Harris and Torrey Craig huddled around this reporter’s phone to watch the thrilling end of Houston at Oklahoma City. When the Thunder’s Paul George buried a 3-pointer from the corner with one second left to put the Thunder up 112-111, Nuggets forward Paul Millsap celebrated, and Harris, who heard the commotion, came over to watch Houston’s final possession.

Cameramen waited patiently for their postgame interviews, cognizant that the outcome of the Thunder-Rockets would determine the mood.

MVP candidate James Harden collected the pass, George flew by him at the top of the key as he tried to recover and the Rockets’ superstar hit front rim as the Thunder – and the few Nuggets in the locker room – celebrated.

Not that any of the minute details were discernible on the small screen of my IPhone X.

What was clear was that the Rockets’ loss had partially made up for the Nuggets’ underwhelming showing in Utah, where Denver has now lost nine consecutive times. Houston’s loss gave the Nuggets control again; a win Wednesday at home against Minnesota gives Denver the No. 2 seed.

If everything else breaks for the Nuggets – the Trail Blazers won on a buzzer-beater to down the Lakers and have one game left against the Kings – Denver could find itself the No. 2 seed, followed by the Blazers at No. 3 and the Rockets at No. 4. All the hand-wringing about Sunday’s perplexing loss to Portland would likely fall by the wayside.

But inside a locker room where players queried reporters about potential seeding and scenarios, there was one slightly more subdued and sober voice.

It was Will Barton, who while happy with the outcome of the Rockets-Thunder game, took a more measured, seasoned tone in the immediate aftermath of Denver’s 118-108 loss.

“To me, (playing well) is more important than anything because like I said, you’ve seen teams in previous years fight for seeds and thought that was going to do something for them and they lost,” said Barton, after taking just three shots in 20-plus minutes and not scoring. “I don’t feel like we’re at any liberty to be trying to pick who we’re playing against or pick the seed because if we go out there and we’re not playing the right way, anybody can beat us. But if we’re playing the right way, we can beat anybody.”

Barton’s no sucker. He wasn’t going to be lulled into any false sense of security just because the Rockets lost, potentially giving the Nuggets a favorable matchup.

“Do you want homecourt advantage?” he continued, “Of course you do. At this point right now, we know the playoff teams. It doesn’t matter, it’s going to be tough regardless. This is the playoffs. You think you’re just gonna go in there, ‘Hey, I want to play those guys.’ You think they’re gonna come out and ‘They wanted to play us, so we’re going to lay down.’ No, it doesn’t go that way.”

Barton, a veteran of just seven playoff games when he was with Portland during the 2014 playoffs, said he would lend advice about what to expect in the playoffs to anyone who asked, but he added a cautionary line.

“I try to lend my advice but we’re going to have to go through some things,” Barton said.

The Nuggets were far from their best Tuesday night. Their offense was thrown out of whack as a result of Nikola Jokic, their bedrock facilitator, fouling out in just 16 minutes with just 2 points. Millsap (5 points on 1-of-7 shooting) wasn’t much better. The only effective frontcourt player was Mason Plumlee, who flirted with a triple-double as a result of Joker’s foul trouble.

Interestingly, it was Jamal Murray (22 points) and reserve guards Monte Morris (22) and Malik Beasley (25), who collectively have zero playoff experience, who kept the Nuggets competitive.

It was under that backdrop that Barton was asked whether the Nuggets were prepared for the postseason.

“I don’t know,” Barton said. “We’re going to find out when it starts. Only thing we can do is try to close this thing out right against Minnesota tomorrow and have some type of positive momentum going in. But we won’t know until it starts. Because you’ve watched the league, I’ve seen teams go into the playoffs on winning streaks and get swept. I’ve seen teams looking like it’s the end of the world and go out and win the first round. We’re not going to know until we find out.”

“By no means Lose Your Hustle;” A Remembrance of Seton Corridor’s “Shep”

The value of coaches as great teachers has probably never been higher than it is in the distracted world we live in today.  Colleague Dave Siroty penned this piece on Seton Hall’s  longtime baseball skipper Mike Sheppard, who passed away this past week. “Shep” along with a handful of other coaches like the late Rutgers Skipper Fred Hill Sr. helped grow and shape college baseball, a forgotten stepchild in most parts of the Northeast, into a national power for over a quarter century.

Dave authored a book on four of Shep’s stars,The Hit Men and the Kid Who Batted Ninth: Biggio, Valentin, Vaughn & Robinson: Together Again in the Big Leagues,” and also is working on Jamspals, a site that pairs kids injured in athletics with college and professional athletes who have overcome injury, an idea that came from his son Michael.  Dave worked closely with Seton Hall baseball during his time in the  athletic department there, and got to see Shep’s work up close. Here are his thoughts…

 

All of us in athletics have come across coaches who have changed our lives. Not because of their winning and fame, but because they taught us a lot even though we didn’t play for them. Even though we were colleagues, we couldn’t help but learn from them.

One of those people in my life was Mike Sheppard, Sr., the head baseball coach for many years at Seton Hall University. He spent his entire life as part of Seton Hall and his family is as tied to the school as any could be.
Shep passed away this weekend and we lost a guy who defined the word, “coach.”
I was fortunate enough to work with Shep for several years, including the 1987 baseball season when he produced one of the all-time great college teams led by eventual baseball Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, American League MVP Mo Vaughn, Red Sox/Mets infielder John Valentin, Red Sox pitcher Kevin Morton, longtime Blue Jays exec Dana Brown and Marteese Robinson, who that year led the nation in hitting at a ridiculous .529.
I was a really young sports information director back then with basketball in my blood. It’s really all I cared about so I sometimes clashed with Shep because of his hard-charging style and demand for perfection. He would yell at me from the dugout if I missed putting up a strike on the scoreboard, he would get upset if his baseball media guide was delayed or anything else that he deemed hurt his program.
And it was definitely hard to end exhausting academic years with even longer days and weekends of often bone-chilling cold Northeastern baseball – including bus trips, hours of pre-game batting practice and even longer games followed by media relations, statistics and everything else I had to do.
Fortunately I got to know Shep much better over the years  including on those long bus rides. I later wrote a book about the 1987 team and got even closer to him. We talked often  as I traced the lives of his players back to the lessons they learned from their coach.
Passion and loyalty. Those words defined Shep. He lived for baseball. He lived for his players. He lived for all of the athletes and students at Seton Hall.
He was a walking “life lessons” kind of guy and his “never lose your hustle” mantra has been carried on by everyone who was ever  been around him.
He taught me that if you are going to do something, do it right. I watched him teach it. It rubbed off on me.
He was also the most loyal person I’ve ever met and everyone involved in his baseball program became part of his family. and his pride he took in those around him.
One of best memories I have of Shep came when Craig Biggio was inducted into the Hall of Fame. I talked a lot to Shep back then and his excitement was obviously off the charts.  He was just so proud and his tears, smiles, laughter and memories of what he had accomplished in his life were brought to the forefront. And watching Craig include Shep in the entire process was amazing.
Obviously a lot in society has changed since the late ’80s and we have all adapted to new styles of communicating and behavior. Shep was definitely old-school. But as we look back at his life, we should all realize people like him are so critically important to society.
The mold us, guide us and spend their days teaching us lessons. He changed so many lives including mine.
Shep was a special guy and will be missed. RIP #17.