DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 19: The Denver Broncos run an offensive play against the Cincinnati Bengals in a general view as the sun sets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)The world of sports broadcasting lost one of its true legends today following the passing of longtime Colorado sports personality Irv Brown at the age of 83.As iconic face in the city of Denver and the state of Colorado, Brown served as an NCAA basketball referee, a coach in baseball, basketball, and football, as well as a radio personality for over 40 years.Working alongside Joe Williams, Brown co-hosted the popular “The Irv and Joe Show” on Mile High Sports Radio for 25 years until his retirement in 2016.Per FOX Denver, Brown coached three sports at Arveda High School, baseball at the University of Colorado, and baseball at Metropolitan State University of Denver.We lost a Colorado icon today. Irv Brown – coach, ref, radio/TV raconteur. He worked for ESPN before it became the world leader. He practically invented sports talk radio here in Denver. He knew EVERYBODY. He helped EVERYBODY.We are forever indebted my friend. pic.twitter.com/MMSLhnnVrR— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) February 3, 2019Brown also served as a basketball analyst for ESPN.Per Benjamin Albright, he was also the color commentator for ESPN’s first-ever college football broadcast, pitting Oregon against Colorado.Irv Brown, he was a legend.Pioneered sport talk radio in the 70’s, coached baseball at Colorado, refereed six NCAA Final Fours, was the color guy for the first broadcast of college football on ESPN (Oregon/Colorado), an NBA analyst for ESPN & a baseball exec.RIP pic.twitter.com/JdDjRpiIZE— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 3, 2019Among Brown’s accomplishments as a referee are the six Final Fours that he officiated, as well as five NCAA championship games.He oversaw three of John Wooden’s NCAA title wins with UCLA, and the 1976 title game between Indiana and Michigan, where the Hoosiers won 86-68, capping off a 32-0 season that remains the last undefeated NCAA title winner.In 1997, Brown was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
Nova Scotia is improving highway safety and creating jobs with a $195 million investment in twinning Highway 104. The federal government is contributing $90 million to the project, which will see 38 kilometres twinned between Sutherland’s River, Pictou Co. and Antigonish. “Nova Scotians want us to improve the safety of our roads and we are committed to doing just that,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.“Highway 104 is an essential piece of infrastructure connecting communities in our province and our province to the rest of the country. I’m pleased our federal partners are working with us on this project that will make the highway safer and create jobs.” The project will include a new, 10 kilometre, four-lane alignment between Barneys River and James River, south of the existing Highway 104, made necessary by the area’s topography and terrain as well as a river and rail line. “Twinning and upgrading Highway 104 is about improving road safety, creating good, middle class jobs, and making it easier for people – and products – to move across the province and the country,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Our government will continue to listen to communities, and make historic investments in the infrastructure they need, today and for the future.” Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020 with the goal to have that portion of Highway 104 twinned by 2024.