After the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, there has been more negative than positive around the team. I write here to say let us focus on some positive stories going forward.
So, your team just won the Super Bowl. It should be a time for celebration, right? Well, for the Denver Broncos and their fan base, it just seems to be the opposite.
I have been covering the Broncos since 2013. Never have I seen such negative stories emerge from a team that has won a championship. I know that we had the Deflategate scandal from the Patriots last year. But that is besides the point.
However, I just seem to notice that the Broncos have not been acknowledged by members of the media of their accomplishments. This team was 10-4 after the Steelers loss on December 20th and a lot of media members were writing them off and saying this is more of a one-and-done team.
But the Broncos continued to use the negativity of the media to push themselves. The players said it themselves during press conferences that they enjoy being the underdog. And they did it.
However, when the Broncos won, most of the focus was on the negativity of Cam Newton or the 20 year old story about Peyton Manning at the University of Tennessee. But I have a suggestion going forward.
While the negative media may give us a various amount of angles, why don’t we also focus in on the positives that the players do? I am certain we can find more than one angle for those stories too.
For example, let us take a look into Von’s Vision. Von Miller works with children in Denver who has families with low income with the eye care and corrective eye-ware they need to be their best in the classroom and in life.
There are so many angles that can be covered from Von’s Vision alone. We can start off an article with the title “Von Miller’s organization to benefit children” or “Miller’s organization helps the community in a big way”.
And Miller is not the only player who provides for the community. David Bruton Jr. has Bruton’s Books (which he was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for) which gives low income children in Denver books to read to help improve their reading level, or Peyton Manning’s Peyback foundation, which promotes the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs.
As far as the team performance, instead of why the Panthers lost the game, why not focus in on how great this Broncos defense was. In my honest opinion, this Super Bowl performance by the Broncos defense is probably top three all-time in Super Bowl history. I’ll even say one of the best defensive season’s in NFL history.
So, why are we more focused on the negativity of the media than the positive? Kelly, a good friend of mine, might have the answer.
“In American Society today, outrage is easily manifested. Respect is hard to garner and keep attention with.”
I could not agree more. Of course, that goes without saying that individuals shouldn’t do something positive to gain attention. But what I am saying is that maybe, whenever a positive story breaks out, perhaps we should focus on more than one angle of the story. We are all human, we make mistakes. But maybe it is time to focus on some positive. Let the players enjoy this win and their championship. And perhaps we could all focus during this offseason and in the 2016 season on some positives.
I think finding more than one angle of a positive story could give the readers another perspective on what that means to the individuals involved in the story.