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For college athletes, they have to make every game count, because they never know if they’ll get playing time. With hopes of going pro, most athletes want to get into division 1 schools, but some things are starting to change, especially for dominant athletes like Paul Browning who go to Colorado State University- Pueblo. Going pro could mean going t…

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For college athletes, they have to make every game count, because they never know if they’ll get playing time.
With hopes of going pro, most athletes want to get into division 1 schools, but some things are starting to change, especially for dominant athletes like Paul Browning who go to Colorado State University- Pueblo. Going pro could mean going to CSU-Pueblo.

Paul Browning | Taken by Bill Sabo - CSU-Pueblo Athletics

Paul Browning | Taken by Bill Sabo – CSU-Pueblo Athletics


“No one is going to tell me I can’t make it to the NFL. No one can tell me I can’t do it,” Browning explained. “I just want to be great and I’ll never quit.”
Paul Browning, now moved on with his diploma from CSU-Pueblo, grew up in Colorado Springs and attended Widefield High School in Colorado Springs. Which is also the high school that NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson attended. Coming from a losing program in high school and only winning one game his senior year, he wasn’t too sure if he’d one day be preparing for the chance at the NFL.
“I didn’t let our record discourage me. Outside of games and practices, I was the only guy in the weight room and I was the only guy running stairs after the game,” Browning said. “Even during the off-season, it was me and my QB out there training, no one else.”
When deciding where he would be going to school, he paid a visit to Pueblo and knew it would be his home for the next few years.
“I took a visit to Pueblo and I loved everything about the program,” Browning said. “CSU-Pueblo football was brand new. I just felt like I could take advantage of the opportunities that Pueblo had to offer, so I took a chance.”
Paul Browning | Taken by Felix Cordova - PULP

Paul Browning | Taken by Felix Cordova – PULP


Browning’s next step was to make the team and that’s exactly what he did. He was redshirted for the 2010 season and earned his way on to the team for the 2011 season. This was his redshirt-freshmen year and it was also his breakout year. He started in all 11 games during the season and snagged a pass in every game. From here, his game would just get better, solidifying his role as a starter.
But it was his 2012 season where he really came into his own and started to capitalize on the open field play. He would more than double his reception yards from the year before, while only catching four more balls than the year before. He was maximizing his productivity.
Then, Browning completely broke out of his shell for the 2013 season, leading his team with 59 receptions. He averaged 96 yards a game, ending the season with 1,155 yards and 11 touchdowns. These numbers look great on his profile, but this season was missing the key ingredient to getting noticed. A Division II National Championship.
After an undefeated regular season, their playoff run would be cut short after a loss to Grand Valley in the second round.
“It felt amazing being a big piece of the offense in 2013,” Browning described. “But we didn’t make it to the last game.”
In 2014, the CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves football team would go on to win a Division II National Championship, but the playoff process meant a lot more to Browning than it might have for the rest of the team.
Paul Browning | Taken by Bill Sabo - CSU-Pueblo Athletics

Paul Browning | Taken by Bill Sabo – CSU-Pueblo Athletics


Early on in the 2014 season, Browning suffered a torn meniscus during the Sam Houston State game but went on to finish the game with 96 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t realize how severe his injury was and had to have surgery done, leaving him on the bench for four weeks and missing four games. That was four weeks of no practicing and having to watch his team from the sideline.
“This was my senior year. It was supposed to be my year,” Browni…
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  1. Bill Moorman

    February 4, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I’ve known Paul for almost 10 years now, and he is every bit of a great man as he is a great player. Paul deserves all of the greatness he has earned.

  2. Richard Spradlin

    February 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Paul is an awesome player and an all around good guy. I met him in Jr High School and he’s always lead the football teams in skill throughout high school. As well as having weightlifting weightlifting class with the dude, you could just tell he had a future

  3. christina

    April 30, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I have known Paul for 17 years. He would always pick me to be on his team because I was the best female player in elementary. I ALWAYS KNEW HE WOULD GO PRO!!! AND HE WILL PROVE HIMSELF HE IS A VERY HARD-WORKING MAN!!!

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Takoka, Riki (web)“I’ve almost quit doing art so many times.” I’m at a coffee place downtown talking shop with Pueblo artist and illustrator Riki Takaoka. With works currently on display at the Q Pop gallery in Los Angeles, and a recent addition for possible contribution to nationally syndicated contemporary arts magazine Hi-Fructose, (not to mention freelance nominations from Paramount Animation Studios)…

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“I’ve almost quit doing art so many times.”
I’m at a coffee place downtown talking shop with Pueblo artist and illustrator Riki Takaoka. With works currently on display at the Q Pop gallery in Los Angeles, and a recent addition for possible contribution to nationally syndicated contemporary arts magazine Hi-Fructose, (not to mention freelance nominations from Paramount Animation Studios), I figured he and I were in for a quick convo about brushes or pen techniques. I wasn’t expecting that one of the quickest and most accurate caricature artists I’ve ever seen in my life would say he is quitting something he’s clearly great at.
But I was shocked to hear that come from his lips.Shocked, but sadly not at all surprised. Talk to almost anyone in the so-called creative class, and they’ll tell you a similarly dismal story that usually goes as such;1) Find something creative you love to do.2) Take years and years honing and perfecting your craft.3) Get good enough to be recognized for your art.4) Ask for compensation for your art.5) Get chided for daring to ask for said compensation.image by Riki Takaoka
 
The worst part about hearing that from him is that the illustration work of Takaoka is flat out phenomenal. Blending playfully bold caricatures with a jagged surrealistic quality, Takaoka has developed a signature style and skill set that stands on its own. A style that he points out he has been brewing since childhood. “When i was a kid, I would draw and redraw the same cover of PSM (PlayStation Magazine) over and over. I was just obsessed with it. I’ve stayed in my room for days sometimes, just trying to push myselfto do better,” Takaoka said.But all the talent and hard work in the word can’t guarantee financial success in the art world. When the topic shifts to art as a means of income comes up, Takaoka offers, “Art is hard. Not hard for me to make. It’s easy to make and I love it. Just hard for me to deal with. Or, I guess live off. Deal with trying to live off it. And it’s frustrating to spend hours making a commission piece for someone and then have to beg them to pay for it.”Unfair doesn’t seem to do it justice. In no other profession other than t…
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Denver’s Land Lines occupy a truly unique headspace upon listening, which can only be described as “Fresh off the boat from Chilligan’s Island”. The Mile High trio, comprised of Martina Grbac (cello/vocals), Ross Harada (drums) and James Han (electric piano/organ), seamlessly meld vintage-modern baroque music with pop shimmer and gloss, like having a dance party at the symphony. Musically, Lan…

Denver’s Land Lines occupy a truly unique headspace upon listening, which can only be described as “Fresh off the boat from Chilligan’s Island”. The Mile High trio, comprised of Martina Grbac (cello/vocals), Ross Harada (drums) and James Han (electric piano/organ), seamlessly meld vintage-modern baroque music with pop shimmer and gloss, like having a dance party at the symphony. Musically, Land Lines is at times is sparse and introspective, with clever and brooding lyricism, only to then turn that right on its’ ear as with bursts and blooms of  thundering pop force, (which contains equally clever and brooding lyricism). On their newest album “Natural World”, dark and moody synthesizer tones playfully buzz and pulsate to and fro over drums that are the audio equivalent of a saunter and sashay. But the lively pluck and eerie hum of the cello (compliments of Martina Grbac) is what sets this band apart from the pack, providing an melodic orchestral punch that cuts through the dense sonic layers like a Hattori Hanzo sword.
 

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BRIDGES may easily (and quite erroneously) get lumped in with every other current metal/hardcore band playing out today, but this does them no justice. Shifting between the audible snarl and massive attack of hardcore and metal to delicate and downright pretty alternative minded exalt on a dime, BRIDGES, in a very big sense, play simply heavy music. Not heavy i…

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BRIDGES may easily (and quite erroneously) get lumped in with every other current metal/hardcore band playing out today, but this does them no justice. Shifting between the audible snarl and massive attack of hardcore and metal to delicate and downright pretty alternative minded exalt on a dime, BRIDGES, in a very big sense, play simply heavy music. Not heavy in the classic metal distorted-and-detuned-riffs kind of way, but heavy in perhaps an emotive sense. There are elements of hardcore and modern metal, yes, but the real strength behind this band is that their music largely defies any easy categorization, instead using the 60+ years of combined innovation to bring about one of the most well versed and original bands currently in Colorado.   On a whim, I asked them to quickly list the bands that they had played in or currently part of. They easily listed over a dozen, with some being short tenures in young acts fresh out of high school with others spanning for multiple years, tours, and record label heat.But what really amazes me about BRIDGES is their reverence for each other. In all my time spent hanging out with bands (both my own and other), I have never encountered a band which seems to enjoy the presence of each other more. They bring the act of playing music back to a core that often falls by the wayside; Simply enjoying it.I spoke with BRIDGES on a dimly lit porch, beers flowing, on a windy night Tuesday, November 10th 2015.

PULP/ Your previous bands all kind of sound like a lineage tree of Pueblo metal and hardcore. After hearing all that, how does it feel?

 
Matt (Herrera/guitar) / I think it’s really cool. I’ve always been fortunate that with all of the bands I’ve been in were with friends. Just playing together, getting along outside of music. And now, we’ve all been in other bands when we were younger. I met Joe and Adam when they were both probably like 14 o4 15, and now I’m playing in a band with them? I never would of thought.
 
Tyler (Boyce/Vocals) / But I can say that out of all the bands I’ve been in, this has been the most fun to be a part of. On a writing level and on a friendship level. It’s just always good.
 

In some of your previous bands, there was some label heat and contracts and business stuff. Are you dealing with any of that stuff now?

 
Tyler/ It’s definitely a lot easier with BRIDGES. With my old band, some of the guys got so sucked into wanting to “make it” that we were writing too fast and putting out stuff that wasn’t ready, and wasn’t as good as it should have been.
 
Matt /  Well with (previous band) Son of Man, it ended the way it did because by the end of it, it wasn’t any fun. It was all business. I want to try and take a more organic approach with this band. I want to still be busy, but not push anything that isn’t ready or right. Instead of worrying about obligations and the business of it, I want to focus on writing the best music we possibly can. Everything is so saturated right now in our genre. I don’t know exactly what our genre is, but it’s hard to stick out. I’d like to push our own thing, and not falling into a mold. My favorite bands have always been ones that are heavy, bot not in the usual way, you know?
 

How do you feel like BRIDGES differentiates from other acts out now?

 
Matt/ Well. Bands have started to, and I even hate saying this, but using dance moves and choreography.  It’s so stupid.
 

What does that mean? Like dancing with guitars?

 
Matt /  Yeah, like head banging and spins and stuff. It used to be, when a band was getting into the music, it was just something that happened naturally. In Son of Man, really we were all just trying to keep up with (SOM bandmate) Mo. But I get it, when I was younger and in a band, we did tons of stupid shit. I mean, it was the late 90’s. We all loved Korn and Limp Bizkit, so use your imagination. (laughs) But it totally sucks when people and bands are more worried about a dance move or a look than what they are writing.
 
Josh (Ewing/bass) / Every time we jam, it’s all organic. (laughs) When you start choreographing it, it seems fake and more like going through the motions than having fun.
 

BRIDGES has always been a more sonically adventurous band to me. You’re heavy, but it’s more in layers rather than in riffs. Is that something you try to do on purpose?

 
Matt/ We’ve always made it a point to not write the same way twice.We all love different …
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