Stand in the locker room after an NFL game and the scene provides goosebumps. The coach gathers up his players, gives away game balls, then throws in a few expletives and fist pumps. The emotion is raw, serious.
A long standing, if waning, Rocky Mountain rivalry resumed at DSG Park between the Rapids and their time zone foes Real Salt Lake. The two sides may occupy the cellar spots in their conference standings, but a trophy was on the line, for what it's worth.
After the loss Saturday, first-year CSU coach Mike Bobo mentioned that he had "the sense we're all playing like freshmen," adding that the accountability also made it to the first-year coaching staff shepherding the transition after Jim McElwain's departure to Florida.
Although there is a $9 million mutual option pending, the chances of Morneau returning to the Rockies - even for a reworked, minimal contract - are slim. He will collect a $750,000 buyout if he doesn't re-sign.