Wow, what a year!!! I’ve been contacted by readers, family and others asking what Denver is like now that it’s official that the Denver Broncos are GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!! Hat’s off to the Patriots who put together quite a year in getting to the AFC title game! I’m sure the Patriots will in the thick of things next year.
Well first off, it has been a fun year. This is truly a team that interesting to watch, even for non- Broncos fans. My Brother-In-Law, a born and raised Kansas City Chiefs fan even admits that watching the best offensive team every in this history of the NFL is a good time, though I’m not sure he’s rooting for the Broncos in the Super Bowl.
As exciting as this is, as a Denver Native I must say; my have times have changed! I was a senior at East High School in Denver when the Broncos finally became a respectable team and went to their first Super Bowl. What a crazy time those old Orange Crush days were! People were painting their homes orange and blue and what was a small city, a “cow town” hit the big time with Red Miller (yes a transplant from the Patriots) as our first year coach who took John Ralston’s team all the way to the big game. Beating the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers and then the hated Oakland Raiders were in the playoffs…what electric times were enjoyed in Denver. Of course, we lost to the Dallas Cowboys, but who cares? We Denver natives look back on those time with a grin. Craig Morton, the M and M connection (Haven Moses) the Orange Crush Defense (best Broncos Trivia question ever? Name the starting linebackers of the Orange Crush Defense and where they went to college…) what a fun team to watch.
Years pasted after that Super Bowl, then we got a guy named Elway (second best Bronco Trivia question? Why did Elway refuse to play for Baltimore?). With 3 loses in Super bowls…to the Giants (closer than people remember, if only we had scored before the half, but no…goal line stand by the Giants with Dan Reeves conservative play calling, ugggg), then the god awful Redskin game (up by 10 points…then here comes the Redskins with 35 unanswered points…grrrrrr) and then the Super Bowl against the 49ers with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, now that was painful.
Then came the Super Bowl victory against Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. What a monkey off the back of Denver. We drove downtown after the game and knew we had finally won a Super Bowl after the tear-gas flowed around Larimer Square. Then we beat Atlanta in an easy Super Bowl to cap off a great career by John Elway. Long time natives of this fine city will never forget. Being an older Bronco fan I remember the lean days of the early AFL, where the Raiders and Chargers dominated the Broncos. Our team was so bad that I remember my father (huge Bronco fan) had a bumper sticker on his car “GO BRONCOS-TAKE STATE. I wish my father was around to see them now!
Well it’s been a long time and we have a great game coming up…the NFL’s best offense against the best defense (and we are playing an old AFC west rival, how fitting). May the best team win!
I’ll be posting for the next few weeks. Everything from Super Bowl party ideas, predictions, local news to recipes. Let’s have fun and Go Broncos!!!
Trivia Question #1: Randy Gradishar: Ohio State (who should be in the HOF, duh), Bob Swenson: California, Tom Jackson: University of Louisville and the the one everyone misses… Joe Rizzo:United States Merchant Marine Academy
Trivia Question #2: John Elway refused to play for Baltimore head coach Frank Kush. John’s father and Frank Kush didn’t not get along and John was unwilling to play for him, opting to play for the Yankees if Baltimore drafted him. That set up the trade to Denver (3rd best trivia question…what did the Colts get for Elway?)…it had nothing to do with money, the city or Elway being the “Million Dollar Baby” that he was wrongly called at the time. Elway stuck to his guns for his father.
(Chris Hinton, Mark Herrmann and a 1st round pick)
Let’s have fun Bronco Fans!!!
Bill Strong on All Things Denver and Colorado