29 Reasons Why the Denver Broncos Are Awesome
Hey Broncos Country, my name is Jacob Weindling and I am a new writer here at Predominantly Orange. Before I publish any takes about my favorite team in all of sports (and hoo boy do I have takes), I wanted to give you all a little background on myself.
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I grew up in Denver, playing sports year round (mainly baseball and basketball), and like everyone else in the state, I lived and died with our brothers in orange. After high school, I attended UMass Amherst and subsequently settled in Boston. I am the only Bronco fan most people know out here, so my phone is always busy whenever they are playing, doubly so if it’s against the Patriots – sometimes I feel as if I am the unofficial Broncos Country ambassador to New England. In that spirit, here are 29 reasons why the Denver Broncos are just freaking awesome.
Due to their east coast schedule and their AFC Championship run my freshman year in college, I bonded with many of my best friends while watching Bronco games. Peyton Manning’s arrival made it even easier to see every game, creating new bonds with new friends.
Homer Simpson once owned the team.
Because this number is retired.
My dad, screaming and stomping with me in the front row of the north end zone from time to time in his good friend’s seats, a season ticket holder since 1976.
My sister, finally becoming a football convert while she studied abroad in London watching this year’s Super Bowl run with my best friend from high school and some other Coloradans.
My Aunt, taking me to games as a kid even though she knew she’d inevitably end up arguing with anyone cursing around us in the upper bowl at Mile High.
John Elway rendered hundreds of thousands of jerseys across New England obsolete in a span of two years when the Broncos stole Wes Welker away from the Patriots, broke all of their single season offensive records, and then Welker knocked future teammate Aqib Talib out of the AFC Championship, enabling Demariyus Thomas’ monster game. All you see around here now are Brady and Gronk jerseys.
They won the first AFL game ever played (against the Patriots).
They were the first AFL team to beat an NFL team (Detroit).
The Broncos made Marlin Briscoe the first African American starting quarterback in the NFL.
Frank Tripucka had his number retired, but gave Peyton Manning his blessing to wear it.
We took two Hall of Fame Colt quarterbacks and graduated them to Broncos (don’t think for a minute we don’t have our eye on you Mr. Luck).
Peyton lead the greatest comeback in Monday Night Football history against Phillip Rivers and his punchable face in front of tens of thousands of Bronco fans in our home away from home in San Diego.
Sunsets are blue and orange.
The Broncos and the Giants are the only franchises that the NFL’s 2001-present dynasty has a losing record against. Both feature quarterbacks named Manning. I can report firsthand that this drives Pats fans completely bonkers.
And the only quarterbacks Brady has beaten in Denver are current ESPN employees Tim Tebow and Danny Kanell.
Because two friends from high school living on the east coast said “screw it” and paid a middle class fortune to watch the highest scoring offense of all time get curb stomped by the Legion of Boom in
“New York City.”
Leading me to write this hysteria
on the bus ride back to Boston.
And lastly, because John Elway gave away his playbook when he took over, quoting Ernie Acorsi, the man who drafted him: “If you want to build a winning team, you need two things. You had better get a quarterback, and then you had better get a guy who can knock down the quarterback.” Von will get signed, 10 of their best 12 defensive players will be back and supremely motivated, and this is all just regular NFL big money posturing. Don’t worry, be happy.