In January, I wrote something at One More Dying Quail about the general insanity that is the state of Colorado. I gave examples and everything. Two fellow bloggers (Signal to Noise and Run Up The Score) who each spent a substantial amount of time in the state agreed with the basic premise, with RUTS providing the perfect quote: "There's definitely something wrong with these people."
About five weeks after that post, Broncos running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity event in St. Louis. In April, it was announced that Coby Karl, son of Nuggets coach George Karl, had cancerous lymph nodes that would require removal (his thyroid was removed last year after cancer was diagnosed) and radiation treatment. And now, more bad stuff is happening to people associated with the Centennial State.
On Saturday, Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith was thrown from his SUV after he ran a stop sign and was hit by another vehicle. The accident took place in New Jersey, Smith's home state. He and a passenger were both seriously injured.
Earlier, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Smith's teammate DerMarr Johnson was tased (best line: "Police said they used a taser to calm the 6-foot-9 player." How "calming" are tasers, really? Are they better than candles and a nice bubble bath? Wouldn't "subdue" have been a better word there?) and arrested outside a nightclub. He was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with police. His lawyer suggested that he was attempting to break up a fight between two women (who were also arrested).
Somebody needs to take a page out of Every Day Should Be Saturday's book and come up with a tracking system for stuff like this. We need to know if Colorado-based teams really have more bad luck than anyplace else, or if some other crazy place is flying under the radar.