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Keeler: Steve Addazio’s CSU Rams are everything Karl Dorrell’s CU Buffs aren’t right now: Confident. Efficient. Physical. And beasts in the run game.

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Keeler: Steve Addazio’s CSU Rams are everything Karl Dorrell’s CU Buffs aren’t right now: Confident. Efficient. Physical. And beasts in the run game.

FORT COLLINS — Can you imagine what would happen if CSU played CU in football right now?

Seriously. Line them up in Loveland. Estes Park. Budapest. Wherever. Doesn’t matter.

The Rams win by two touchdowns. Minimum.

“This is a team where you see everything (clicking) on all cylinders,” CSU defensive lineman Scott Patchan said after his Rams throttled San Jose State 32-14 on a sunny Homecoming Saturday at Canvas Stadium.

“We feed off that energy, obviously. Momentum is huge in college football.”

Amen, brother. And right now, after a horrid start, Team Daz is riding that momentum back to relevance. CSU has done an almost complete 180 from the motley crew that got de-pantsed by South Dakota State and shamed by (cough) Vanderbilt.

For the better part of the last three weeks, the Rams (2-3) have embodied (and grasped) everything that the Buffs (1-4) have not: Running the ball, swarming, tackling, running the ball, getting their defense off the field, running the ball, an efficient passing game that hits the occasional triple, a minimum of mental mistakes and RUNNING THE BALL.

“Play great defense, (an) ability to run the football, no turnovers, great in special teams, because that’s field-changing, score in the red zone. That’s our plan to win,” offered CSU coach Steve Addazio, who’s now won two of three, with a close loss at No. 3 Iowa sandwiched in between, since Sept. 18. “We just want to keep on this course right now.”

And here’s the refreshing part: Not only did CSU ramble for 217 yards on 53 carries against a Spartans defense that came in allowing just 141.3 on the ground per game. Not only did the Rams pound it when they wanted to pound it.

They managed all that minus three starters on offense: wideout Dante Wright, running back David Bailey and left guard Vincent Picozzi.

No Wright. No Bailey. No Picozzi. And no excuses.

“That’s who we’re supposed to be,” said quarterback Todd Centeio, who completed 19 of 23 throws on the day, which tied him with Moses Moreno (1996) for the fourth-most accurate passing performance (82.6%) in CSU football history. “We’re all Division I athletes for a reason.”

Like the man said, momentum is huge in college football. After dropping a gift from the football gods at Empower Field against Texas A&M, the Buffs got hammered at home by Minnesota and USC, and coach Karl Dorrell was pushing postgame cameras out of his face like Sean Penn.

Meanwhile, UNC beat Northern Arizona at home in overtime, 17-10, only for Ed McCaffrey’s Bears to get outscored 103-24 by Montana State and Eastern Washington over their next two tilts. McCaffrey’s son, offensive coordinator Max McCaffrey, was reprimanded after apparently hurling a piece of a clipboard into the crowd following the Montana State loss.

Almost everywhere you turn along the Front Range, college football has turned into Meltdown City.

Everywhere, that is, except in FoCo.

“One thing Coach Addazio always preaches is steadying the boat,” Centeio continued. “You have to be calm, cool and collected, no matter what’s going on … (if) the foundation is love and trust, we’ll be fine.”

We’ll grant you that the Spartans’ 3-2 record coming in was a softer 3-2 than most. San Jose State’s backup quarterback, Nick Nash, brings some of the same traits to the table as CU’s Brendon Lewis. And some of the same glaring issues — the forward pass, mainly — when stuck playing from behind. High winds at Canvas were swirling, turning any throw or punt sent higher than 10 feet up into an adventure.

All of which helped, to be sure. But if once is a fluke and twice is a worry, three times is a pattern.

Exhibit A: CSU’s rush defense. First two games: 71 opponent runs, 346 opponent yards, 4.9 per carry. Since: Three tilts, 91 opponent runs, 182 yards, 2.0 per carry.

Exhibit B: CSU’s third-down defense. First two games: 11 opponent conversions on 29 attempts (37.9%). Since: Three tilts, 12 conversions on 43 attempts (27.9%).

Exhibit C: CSU’s penalties. First two games: 16 flags for 165 yards in losses, or 83 lost per game. Since: Three tilts, 18 flags for 153 yards, or 51 lost per game.

“I think it all starts with playing great defense,” Adazzio said. “I heard some commentary that just blew my circuits about — I don’t know when it was, maybe it was (Alabama) coach (Nick) Saban? I don’t know why he said it, because he’s a defensive guy. You win championships with great defense. That’s not going out of style … and we’re playing really good defense right now.”

Bonus: Nobody pushed a television camera. That we know of.

Double bonus: No Rams coaches tossed a piece of clipboard into the stands. Also that we know of.

“We’re shooting,” Centeio said with a grin, “for the stars.”

Love and trust, baby. Love and trust.

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Revolution playmaker Carles Gil named MLS MVP

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The MLS electorate is diverse by design but it spoke with one voice in favor of New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil.

The Revs’ star was presented with the Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Award on Tuesday afternoon during a ceremony inside the Optum Field Lounge at Gillette Stadium.

The event was hosted by former Revolution striker Taylor Twellman, an ESPN soccer analyst who won the award with New England in 2005, and Revolution owner Robert Kraft, team president Brian Bilello and sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena participated in the presentation.

Gil was accompanied by his wife Maria and the proceedings included video highlights of his big plays from the Revolution’s historic 2021 regular season, which saw the team win its first Supporters Shield with an MLS record 73 points.

The Landon Donovan recipient is selected by an electorate of current MLS players, club technical staff members and the media, and Gil won each faction in a landslide. With 37% of the players’ vote, he was the only one to reach double digits. Gil also got 57.6% of the vote from club officials and 61.6% from the media. Nashville’s Hany Mukhtar, Seattle’s Joao Paulo, Sporting Kansas City’s Daniel Salloi and Valentin Castellanos of New York City FC rounded out the top five.

“The award is voted on by really three groups,” said Bilello. “It is the players, sporting staffs from the different clubs and the media that covers soccer in our country and Carles won all three of those votes running away.

“Whether it is Carles’ peers, whether it is his foes or the media which covers the teams, all of them unanimously chose Carles as their MVP for the season.”

Gil had the numbers to win over the undecideds. The 29-year-old Spaniard led MLS in several significant offensive categories including 18 assists, an MLS record 130 chances created, 25 big chances created, 81 chances created in open play and 49 chances created from set pieces.

The Revolution were 10-2-4 when Gil scored a goal, 22-0-7 when he recorded an assist and 5-0-1 when he had a goal and an assist. Great playmakers need finishers and Gil had his choice of three phenomenal international goal scorers in Adam Buksa (Poland), Gustavo Bou (Argentina) and Tajon Buchanan (Canada).

Buksa led the team with 16 goals in the regular season while Bou was tied for fourth in MLS with 24 combined goals and assists. Buchanan had eight goals and five assists in 27 games. Bou and Buchanan were Gil’s targets in open play while Buksa was his header of choice on set pieces.

Buksa and Bou were the goal scorers in the Revs’ 2-2 shootout loss (5-3) to NYCFC in the MLS Cup Eastern Conference semifinal on Nov. 30 at Gillette Stadium.

“It is a pleasure to play with those types of players and all of them really are incredible to me,” said Gil, who showed emotion during his acceptance speech.

“They make my role easier with the guys we have up top. Adam has a great game in the air and can capitalize on those passes and Gustavo and Tajon are incredible players.”

Arena, who was named MLS Coach of the Year, has a unique perspective on the award as he has coached Gil for parts of three seasons and Donovan over seven campaigns (2008-2014) with the LA Galaxy. While Donovan was a finishing forward and Gil creates scoring chances in the midfield and on set pieces, they were both impact players in their own right according to Arena.

“Landon was goal scorer and Carles is a supplier of goals,” said Arena. “They are both outstanding players and obviously their value to their teams were great and are great. They are different players for sure. But they are two outstanding players for sure.”

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Report: Amid COVID, demand for lab space surges, leading to higher rents

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Demand for Boston-area lab space is surging, but the supply is scant, leading to soaring rents, according to a new report.

Demand is far outpacing available space in the Boston area, with a record number of large biotech and drug companies seeking 100,000 square feet amid a global race for new drug development, according to the report from CBRE, a Dallas-based commercial real estate services and investment firm.

“The Boston lab market is expanding at an unprecedented pace,” said Jonathan Varholak, the firm’s vice chairman. “With over $9.3 billion of venture capital funding having flowed into Boston area life science firms in the first three quarters of this year, demand from startups is at an all-time high. We’re seeing record-setting rents and historically low vacancies as a result.”

The vacancy rate for existing lab and research and development space is just 1.1% in the Boston-Cambridge market, as average asking rents soar, jumping 7.5% to $94.62 per square foot in September compared to March 2021.

In Boston and Cambridge, where vacancy is 0.1% and 0.3% respectively, the average asking rents are now $100.00 per square foot in Boston and $112.79 in Cambridge, according to CBRE. The leasing of lab space has been pushed into the suburbs, including Watertown and Route 128 West.

“As we see in housing, space is scarce,” said Joe Boncore, CEO of the industry group MassBio. “But as we add more space to the economy, we expect the price of lab space to level off.”

Ten million square feet of lab space is under construction in the Boston area, which includes 9.3 million square feet of “spec” construction, where developers broke ground with no tenants signed at the time, the report said. Six million square feet is expected to deliver by the end of next year, and 3.2 million square feet is being converted from other uses such as office or warehouse space.

In Boston, life sciences employment has grown faster than the U.S average over the past 15 years, although Boston has only about a sixth of the life sciences employment as Middlesex County, including Cambridge, Waltham, Lexington, among others. Yet Boston has grown more rapidly over the past year: 7.5% vs. 5.2%, according to CBRE.

“Life sciences labs quickly have become a highly sought-after property type for both tenants and investors,” said Ian Anderson, CBRE’s Americas Head of Office Research. “This intense demand for lab space is the natural result of a global push for new medicines begetting strong funding and hiring in the life sciences sector.”

Global demand for vaccines for COVID-19 and viruses like it has led to initial public offerings for life sciences companies in the on pace for a record year, raising roughly $13 billion, according to CBRE.

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MBTA to cut back bus routes Dec. 19, citing workforce shortages

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Amid a national workforce shortage cutting across industries, the MBTA has not been spared.

The agency announced that, starting Dec. 19, bus service and Mattapan line service will be scaled back to accommodate employee attrition, which is outpacing new hires.

“Like other transit systems across the country, the MBTA is experiencing significant challenges in attracting the workforce needed to meet demands for service,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said. “The MBTA is budgeted for a full level of service, and ready to add back services when we have hired and trained new bus and train operators.”

Poftak added in his comments that teams at the MBTA are working to streamline the hiring process and encouraged those interested in applying to head to mbta.com/apply.

The MBTA’s winter schedule will focus on maintaining service for routes with “durable ridership,” on routes with crowded buses and on supporting those returning to in-person work and school. The routes will also be adapted to new, COVID-induced travel patterns.

Buses will reduce in frequency by about one in every 20 scheduled trips, with many of the changes reducing frequency on weekdays, especially in the morning.

Several other bus changes are going into effect later this month. Route 111, with service to and from Woodlawn, will operate a simplified service pattern this winter, and Routes 62 and 76, which run between Alewife and the Bedford VA Hospital, will resume rush-hour weekday service.

The MBTA will hold a public information session Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. to discuss the changes. People can learn more about the affected routes at mbta.com/servicechanges.

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