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Keeping it simple

Updated: November 22, 2010, 12:47 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- For the most part, Gary Smith just stood there, hands tucked into the pockets of his thick Rapids coat, as close to the playing field as the chalk barrier permitted. Every now and then he waved or pointed. Rarely did Colorado's head coach resort to the use of his booming voice. There was no need, after all.

In the bitter mid-20s, with the wind tearing over the Rocky Mountains and into the valley, Smith's Rapids were a paradigm of organization. They ...

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