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Magazine: Denver sports fan holiday gift guide

The list you’re about to read would have sounded ludicrous just one year ago. But just 12 months later, you’d better get your list to Santa ASAP. In Denver, these items should be found on every sports fan’s list. So, if you find yourself on the lap of a fat man in a red suit, make sure to mention these:

Broncos Home Playoff Tickets
After St. Nick watched the Broncos-Buffalo debacle on Christmas Eve last year, he basically crossed this item off of his list. It was still conceivable that the Broncos could make the playoffs, but getting a home game seemed like a long shot. It ultimately happened, but nobody (other than Timmy Tebow) thought it would. This year, consider it a lock. As such, put a pair of tickets atop your list.

A March Madness Trip
What are your plans in late March? Cancel them. And nix that cardigan sweater request, too. In its place, tell the person who’s giving you things to save their money until March. Once the Buffs, Rams or Pios (or maybe all three) have their March Madness assignments, pick your destination, and make them buy you plane and game tickets.

Solheim Cup Tickets
Anytime a professional golf event comes to town – particularly now that we’re lacking The International – Coloradoans should jump at the opportunity. But this one, specifically, is a must-attend event. It’s the women’s version of the Ryder Cup and it will be played right here in Parker. Send this note to a loved one, tell them to click “buy tickets” and get down to the tournament Aug. 13-18 at Colorado Golf Club.

Nuggets (Round 2!) Playoff Tickets
That’s right. You heard it here first. Round two, baby. The Nuggets getting to the first round is old news – about as exciting as getting socks under the tree – but they won’t stop there in 2013. Look for the Nuggets to land one of the top-four seeds in the West, giving them a home-court advantage against a presumably weaker opponent. As such, they’ll be advancing for the first time since 2009. Wouldn’t a pair of lower bowl seats to a second-round game beat a pair of argyles?

A Peyton Manning Jersey
Pinch yourself, the real gift arrived back in March when PFM landed in the Mile High City for good, but just in case you’re one of the seven people in Colorado who don’t own a No. 18 orange jersey, there’s no time like the holidays.

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LOOK COOL AND LISTEN BETTER
The perfect gift for the active person

THUMP. That’s the name of it – an appropriate one at that. When the smart folks over at QAK Gear invented these babies, they had a reader like YOU in mind. The THUMP is essentially a sleek-looking set of Bluetooth wireless headphones. Listen to your music, listen to Mile High Sports Radio and make or take phone calls – all while wearing the THUMP.

With the THUMP, you can wirelessly connect to your iPhone, Android, iPad or other Bluetooth device. Listen to your music while working out, riding your bike, traveling or pretending to work at the office (even if the boss calls, you’ll never miss him with THUMP’s integrated phone functions). You can leave your phone in your pocket and with the THUMP, there are never any wires.

For just $79, you can be the coolest kid at the gym. Check them out the THUMP at QAKgear.com.

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GIVE INSTEAD OF GET
Join Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard for his annual toy drive

Wesley Woodyard, who’s been outstanding on air during The Press Box (tune into Mile High Sports Radio every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m.) and phenomenal on the football field with the Broncos, has been even better in the community. To point, Woodyard, along with Denver mayor Michael Hancock, will once again be hosting the third-annual 16ways Foundation Toy Drive. It’s an incredible event and this year’s celebration will take place at the Downtown Aquarium on Monday, Dec. 10, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. For information, or to buy your tickets, log onto 16waysfoundation.eventbrite.com

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NOMINEES NEEDED!
Sportswomen of Colorado, Colorado’s first and only statewide awards program for girls and women in sports, is seeking nominations for its annual awards banquet. Athletes, coaches and contributors across all levels of sports will be honored. Winners will be announced in January and will be recognized at the banquet on March 10. That night, all will be honored, but just one of the award-winners will be named as Colorado’s “Sportswoman of the Year.” For more information about Sportswomen of Colorado, and to find your nomination form, visit sportswomenofcolorado.org.

For more from the December issue of the magazine, click here.

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