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Sports Appreciation Day

Posted on: August 13, 2008 3:52 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2008 12:45 pm

As another glorious NFL season is upon us, I thought I would share a story about the team I love. Being born and raised in Denver, Colorado you learn quickly that the Denver Broncos are king and the whole city is enamored with Broncos football. My family was no different. My grandfather first purchased our season tickets in the 1960's. The waiting list is now 28,000 strong and 15 years long.

I was brought up a die hard fan by the hands of my father. A burly man, my dad bled orange and blue and rarley ever missed a game. My grandfather passed away in 1980. Prior to that, my father and grandfather attended almost every game with various other members of the family including my grandmother and three aunts.

When my grandfather fell ill my father camped over night to get him a elevator pass so he could still attend games. My father then became the patriarch of the beloved season tickets. We would figure out who was going that week and we would all meet up at the great Mile High Stadium. We had four tickets, with my dad always sitting at the aisle.

My earliest memories of going to game on Sunday with my old man were of him having perhaps a few too many pops and screaming at then coach Dan Reeves at the top his lungs to " run it up the gut, Reeves ". The conserviative Reeves always had a tendicy to run quite more than the fans would prefer, especially with having a quarterback with a monstorous cannon of a arm by the name of John Elway. My dad hated Dan Reeves but he loved John Elway, as did the entire state of Colorado.

You have to understand, being a Broncos fan in the 80's and 90's was extremely painful. They had been blown out of four straight Super Bowls. They had always been known as the talented team who could never beat the NFC powerhouses of the time. I remember having a gigantic Super Bowl party as a child for the debacle againsts the Redskins. We had the whole house decorated, only to blow it again.

My father attended all but one of the Broncos six Super Bowls. He rarley ever had a ticket but he always got in. Then came the great season of 1997. The Broncos made it to the playoffs as a wild card and won there way to Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos were heavy 12 point underdogs coming in to the game against the defending champion Green Bay Packers. My dad flew down to San Diego and got himself in the game. January 25, 1998 was the greatest sports day in our lives. The Broncos finally did it. They upset the packers in dramatic fashion with John Elway scrambling for a run and diving head first in what would later be called " the helicopter ". Pure joy, I tell you what. The celebration lasted weeks, not days. They would win it again the next year to go back-to-back.

Having that sports bond with my father was great. My brother and I loved going to games with the "old man". My father unexpectedly passed away 3 years ago after a short bout with cancer at the age of 53. The memories I have of him and our football team are some of my strongest. As another season is upon us and I, now 28 am the holder of the beloved tickets, I attend the game every week sitting in my dad's aisle seat. I look forward to another great season of Denver Broncos football, and I can't wait wait until I can take my young daughter to the game and pass on the great family tradition that is Broncos Football. What a great game!

Category: NFL

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2008 2:01 pm

Sports Appreciation Day

While losing four Super Bowls in a row was hard, I can only imagine what it's like to be a Browns fan. My heart goes out to you. What Elway did in those AFC Championships was just plain wrong. The "drive" and the "fumble" were a big part of Elway's legacy. On a positive note, the Browns are looking up for the first time in a while. I think they have a decent shot at the playoffs this year. I wish the Browns nothing but good fortune, god knows they deserve it.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2008 6:26 pm

Sports Appreciation Day

It's amazing how season tickets get passed on generation to generation.  Now I assume you have a PSL, and are continuing the family tradition as your daughter and her family may after you.  Nice stroy.

You have to understand, being a Broncos fan in the 80's and 90's was extremely painful

Well, I'm sure losing three Superbowls in 1987, 88, and 90 was painful to your Bronco's, but imagine the pain of the team the Broncos beat in the AFC Championship game to get to those three Superbowls.  Yes, my team, the Cleveland Browns.  How sweet it must have been to win that first Superbowl in 1998.  In Cleveland, we are still waiting for that day, so it could be worse.


Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2008 10:49 am

Sports Appreciation Day

I have to say that that is a very touching story. And even though I am a huge Packers fan, watching those god**m Broncos kick our butts was fun just to see. The Packers were in a Superbowl for the 2nd straight year and I loved it. Great story.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 7:20 pm

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She's only 2 but she wont have much of a choice but to be a Bronco fan in our family ( hopefully she likes sports)


broncfan, I have heard about Terry Frei's book and I also want to read it.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 6:18 pm

Sports Appreciation Day

Hey allday,

I loved your story.  I, too, am a Broncos fan and have been since I moved here in 1972.  I remember the town not wanting the Broncos to get into another Super Bowl because of the painful memories of those early ones.

Terry Frei has written a book about the 77 Broncos that I will have to get and read.  That is when the town truly went crazy over the Broncos.

A side note to that team.  I later became friends with Norris Weese, the backup to Craig Morton in 1977. He would be involved in most of the special or trick plays that year.  Being a magical year, they always worked!!  He stayed here in Denver and was an accountant.  He played poker with our poker group--was a great guy that lit up a room with his presence.  He died about 10-12 years ago with a cancer in his back. In those old days, before free agency, the teams seemed to be more of a family.

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 6:03 pm

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At times I sit back and find it awe-inspiring that sports has a way of bringing a little joy to life's tragedy. I hope you pass that on to your daughter and you both revel in the joy it brings you.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2008 5:55 pm

Sports Appreciation Day

So you had come of age when Elway was the man.  Still had to be proud of the Bronco's even if they were painful years.  I hope your daughter enjoys the game as much as you do. 

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