Grading the Week: Nuggets’ Rainbow Skyline jerseys should be celebrated whenever possible, but “Flatirons Red” isn’t a color

The ‘Rainbow Skyline’ sweaters from the Nuggets of yesteryear are a work of art.

There is no topping. They are pure uniform perfection. Every move the Nuggets make to honor them should be celebrated.

That being said…

Nuggets’ 2020 City Edition jerseys – D +

What the hell are the Nuggets doing with the third and final edition of their ‘City Edition’ jerseys?

The first model – white, with the classic rainbow skyline – was a modern take on an old story that deserves all the credit.

The “black rainbow” version that the Nuggets unveiled in 2019 was also an admirable effort. After all, the kids love black. And you have to give the kids what they want.

But … “Flatirons red?”

We challenge you to open a 120-pack of Crayola Crayons and find that color in the box.

We actually save you time. It’s not there. The color does not exist. You made it up, and the Flatirons aren’t even red.

The blue of the Nuggets was just there, waiting to be used. It is the primary color of the old Rainbow Skyline yarns of choice (at least in the Grading the Week offices).

Don’t complicate this, Nuggets. Go with what works.

Tim Connelly – C +

Once again, Nuggets CEO Tim Connelly showed his mastery of the NBA concept on Wednesday night.

Two days later, however, he and the Nuggets could only watch as veteran forward Jerami Grant and big man Mason Plumlee allegedly took off for freelance deals with Detroit – a terrible blow to Denver’s front court depth.

On concept night, Connelly followed the same formula as the previous two years with Michael Porter Jr.’s selections. (2018) and Bol Bol (2019), grabbing a once highly regarded prospect who fell into the concept.

This time it was RJ Hampton, a 6-foot-5 combo guard who, like last year, was considered a top-five national recruit. Getting him to No. 24 a year later amid panic all over the Hampton ceiling competition is a bargain, and not a bad appetite coupled with the roster of energetic Arizona center Zeke Nnaji at No. 22 .

But boy, does Grant and Plumlee’s departures hurt in the short term.

No Rocky Mountain Showdown – C-

Let’s make this clear.

Colorado’s game against Arizona State was canceled because the Sun Devils had a COVID-19 outbreak. Colorado State’s game against UNLV was canceled because the rebels had a COVID-19 outbreak. Neither had a replacement opponent in line for this weekend.

And we’re not playing pop-up Rocky Mountain Showdown?!?!

See, the Grading the Week office staff get it. The reasoning was all very reasonable.

The Pac-12 has strict testing standards – protocols that the Colorado state football team does not currently adhere to. There was no way the Rams could have met those standards within a few days. And putting together a college football game in a matter of days is a daunting task.

But if there ever was a time to move mountains, it would be in the service of saving the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

It took the Pac-12 only two days to put together a UCLA-Cal Sunday morning meeting at the Rose Bowl. A bus ride from Fort Collins to Boulder certainly wouldn’t be too difficult to get started.

Unfortunately, it’s just another reason to shake our collective fists to the sky in 2020.