BOULDER — As much as Mike MacIntyre couldn’t stop yapping about The Rise, it was The Dip and The Flatline that probably did the man in. Since November 27, 2016, Colorado’s football program won 10 and lost 15, a .400 clip, as his Buffaloes settled into a nice, steady groove of just good enough to break your heart.


The short version, in hindsight, is that MacIntyre — canned by athletic director Rick George on Sunday morning after his Buffs lost their sixth consecutive game — was ultimately the victim of two numbers of his own design: Nine and 2016.


The short version is 0-9, CU’s record since the start of the 2017 in games that would’ve made Mac just the first Buffs coach since 2005,  to lead CU to more than one bowl game. Nine chances. Nine doughnuts. Six of them coming this fall as the Buffs rolled to a 5-0 start and a No. 19 Associated Press ranking before somebody — what the heck, let’s just blame Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton — reached over and cut the brake lines.