Sad day in Denver

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It was announced Thursday that the Rocky Mountain News is closing. Friday's edition will be the paper's final. The Rocky is Colorado's oldest newspaper and is nearly 150 years old.

I worked at the Denver Post for four years and I competed daily on the Denver Broncos beat against the Rocky Mountain News. Sure, it was competition but it was also very healthy and I enjoyed working so closely with the folks who worked there.

I say thank you to the Rocky's two Broncos beat writers, Jeff Legwold and Lee Rasizer, who I have gotten to know over the years. They were capable competitors and good journalists. I have often linked to stories on the Broncos from the Rocky Mountain News in this role and not scanning the paper will be a daily routine I will miss. I'm sure it will also be missed by loyal Broncos fans as a Colorado institution closes.