"Records are meant to be broken" - author unknown
Many of you know I'm a Denver Broncos fan first and foremost. The Cornhuskers, while I love 'em, just don't do it for me like the Broncos of the NFL. Folks around here seem to be the same type of football fan the Broncos have... you understand the game, hate to lose, but know it's only a temporary setback when the inevitable loss occurs.
When I moved from Nebraska at age 15 to Colorado territory, the Broncos were a pretty lousy AFL team (1967). My, how things went for my team over the better part of my life. From the merger of the AFL/NFL, through some of the emotionally draining games suffering four ever more crushing defeats in the Super Bowl... including 3 losses by John Elway and friends. Somewhere while I was growing up in Colorado, I got a blood transfusion... Orange and blue I bleed now.
Denver fans will never... I repeat NEVER, forget the feeling we collectively felt after we got the best the Green Bay Packers had to offer, and it wasn't enough. The following years win over the Falcons of Atlanta was a fitting retirement party for Elway, but the feeling of winning that first Super Bowl after so many heart wrenching losses will never be equaled I'm certain.
After that first SB win, nearly a half million Denver fans showed up (me included) to show their gratitude as a town. Denver truly is a great football town. But I digress...
I was gonna write about football statistical records held by the Broncos today. Like the biggest margin of defeat in a Super Bowl, Broncos hold it. I shudder to bring it up, but the score was Denver 10 - Redskins 55. How about the longest non scoring play in NFL history? The answer is 99 yards so the record will never be broken only tied... held by the Broncos alone at the moment. Jason Elam and his NFL record tying 63 yard field goal isn't too shabby, and of course there are the personal records of John (The Duke) Elway. One thing for sure, Denver fans ALWAYS felt like we were still in the game no matter what the score when Elway took the field in the 4th quarter.
Now that we've settled down here in Nebraska, it's real easy to tell where folks loyalties lie. All you have to do is look around... RED EVERYWHERE! Game days are the best for red. It's really amazing, but like the orange of the Broncos, everyone that wears the crimson of the Cornhuskers looks great too. Come on, you know that some people just don't look right in some colors... like I'd look terrible in the colors of the Buffalos of CU or the green of the Green Bay Packers.
So this is the start of a new campaign for my Broncos. A new year, a new coach, new quarterback, and the knowledge that if all goes bad, there is always next year. NU is off to a great start ranked in the top 25, Denver is expected to finish last in it's division... I don't believe it.
Are YOU ready for some Football? You know I am!