There are 25 or so other interns here at the USOC this summer and some of us decided to make a weekend trip to Denver.

Rockies-Phillies: It was a cool experience to see fellow Milton Eagle Dexter Fowler playing center field for the Rockies. He’s been in the majors since ’08 but this was my first time seeing him in person.  He actually played basketball up until his senior year of high school.  When he stopped playing basketball at the start of his Sr. year of high school, I was a freshman and eagerly took the open roster spot.

I stayed the night in Denver and Sunday morning drove 15 miles west to a mythical place I’d only heard about.

O.A.R. at Red Rocks:  O.A.R. was the first real concert I ever saw and last night was the 13th time I’ve seen the band live.  It was a big night because we were at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater, the show was being broadcast live on TV, and the band was recording their own version for a DVD and CD release.  But what made it more special was the fact that I was given backstage passes and got to talk with the band before the show.  Surprisingly, the guys seemed pretty nervous about the show. They’ve played at Red Rocks 5+ times but the live broadcast and DVD recording was getting to them.

The best part about getting to go backstage was somewhat unexpected.  Joining us backstage was an athlete I had seen around campus at the Olympic Training Center, 4-time Olympian Hunter Kemper.  In a couple weeks, he will be representing the United States in the triathlon in London. Being sponsored by Duracell, he was able to meet O.A.R. at the recording of the song Champions ft B.o.B.. Hunter is another guy I can’t wait to cheer for in London. He made sure all of the O.A.R. guys knew it was my 13th show and by their reactions, I could tell how much the band appreciates their fans. If you get a minute, check out Hunter’s web site and the shirts he has for sale with all proceeds going towards supporting kids with A-T.

The concert was amazing. The band played for a little over 2 hours. For the first song of the encore, the lead singer and guitarist came up to a mini stage by the soundboard just above our seats.  I’m looking forward to seeing the show on DVD because it is hard to appreciate everything going on when you’re in that venue. Everywhere you look you have breathtaking views and the sound is amazing.

Here are some pictures from the show: