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A Ram by any other name

April 22, 2009

The CSU Ram offense is pitted against the Ram defense in this free exhibition put on by the CSU Athletics Department. The competition allows the Ram football team to show off some of their skills in this fun and fan-friendly competition.

Rams Superstar competition
Friday, April 24, 6 p.m.
Moby Arena
Free admission & parking 

The lineman slam dunk

Picture this... 250-plus to over 300-pound linemen slam-dunking basketballs into a nine-foot-high rim.

And that is just one of the highlights from last year's Ram Superstar competition, which pitted CSU's offense against its defense in an American Gladiators-style battle. 

Perhaps the most spectacular move was made by wide receiver T.J. Borcky, who jumped for a 10-foot rim with the basketball in one hand, turned himself around 360 degrees while in the air, and dunked with his back to the rim (also known as a 360-degree, one-handed reverse dunk).

(Photo to right: Coach Fairchild in Moby Arena, the venue for the Ram Superstar competition)

The Superstar competition is a combination of the NFL combine, NBA All-Star Saturday and pro wrestling.  The Rams plan to engage in several contests. Last year's event included a grueling obstacle course, a tug of war, weight-lifting competitions, a slam-dunk challenge and other unique "strongman" battles.

The fun and fan-friendly competition was implemented by Fairchild last year as an annual event to signify the end of spring football and the beginning of summer conditioning.  

Second annual Superstar competition

At the second annual Rams Superstars competition, CSU's offense will compete with the defense in a battle that will determine which side of the ball will have bragging rights over the summer. The event, open to all, will be held in Moby Area this Friday night, April 24 at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Since coming to CSU, Fairchild has stressed the importance of competition for his Rams, as no position on the team is ever guaranteed, and score is kept between the two sides of the ball in almost every practice, and even in the weight room. The Superstars Competition will be the last chance for the two units to battle until fall practice begins in August, so the winner will have the upper hand all summer.  

Skill weight, middle weight & heavy weight divisions

Individuals from each unit will be called out on the floor to demonstrate their physical abilities. Divided into one of three divisions by their position -- skill weight (wide receivers and defensive backs), middle weight (tight ends, offensive backs and linebackers) and heavy weight (linemen) -- players will compete for off-season supremacy. The Moby Arena scoreboard will track each unit's progress.

Last season, the defense won in come-from-behind fashion, 17-14, something that is sure to fire up the offense this season.  

Meet the players after the competition

Fans will get a chance to come onto to the court to meet the players and get autographs following the competition.

Contact: Ben Chulick
Phone: (970) 491-2063