Colorado has the Nuggets, Rockies and Avalanche, but the Denver Broncos have long been the hottest ticket in town.
Denver is known for having a very strong fan base and the people out here are extremely loyal to their Broncos, perhaps even to a fault. The Broncos are rich in history and fans often like to reminisce about things like "The Drive" and the back-to-back Super Bowl wins in the late-90's.
Fans enjoy talking about the Broncos all year long and you will hear many things, though very little of that is negative. The fans expect the team to be a major contender each and every year and they rarely get down on the team.
What have you said as a fan of the team? Did it find its way onto the list? Here are some things you may hear from a fan of the Denver Broncos.
The Denver Broncos have always had a great advantage at home. Though Mile Stadium wasn't used after the 2000 season and was later demolished, the people that go to the games are still the same.
The team moved on to Invesco Field which has since been renamed Sports Authority Field and it still has that feel of the old Mile High Stadium. It still gets as loud as any venue in the NFL. At times, you can see and feel the place shake.
Aside from those things, the Broncos also get all their opponents at an elevation of 5,280 feet.
The Denver Broncos had an excellent regular season in 1996. They finished 13-3 and earned home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Everything was lined up for a Super Bowl run. Then Jacksonville came to town.
Jacksonville quarterback Mark Brunell had a great game that day, completing 18-of-29 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns. Natrone Means piled up another 140 yards rushing. The Broncos just didn't have it that day and Jacksonville made them pay.
Not all Broncos memories are great and this was a very, very dark day in team history. Jacksonville won the game 30-27, pulling out one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. Had they not, we very easily could have seen the Broncos win three consecutive Super Bowls.
Though the naysayers will argue that Terrell Davis just didn't play long enough, he deserves strong consideration for the Hall of Fame because of what he did do in Denver.
Though Davis definitely had his career cut short by injuries, his accomplishments are impressive, especially when considering that he was a sixth-round draft choice.
Davis ran for 7,607 yards and 65 touchdowns in his career. He was a league MVP and a Super Bowl MVP. He also became the fourth man in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. At one time, he was probably the best player in the entire NFL.
The argument can be made either way, but hopefully the fans of Denver who saw Davis do some amazing things see him elected to the NFL Hall of Fame.
The Denver Broncos played in four Super Bowls from 1977-1989, losing them all. They lost those four games by a combined score of 163-50. It seemed like every time you heard about a Super Bowl record, the Broncos were on the bad end of it.
The team was able to change that in 1997. Despite being a nearly two-touchdown underdog, the Broncos were able to defeat the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII 31-24 before repeating the feat the following season with a dominant win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Broncos were once again a Super Bowl punchline, but they were able to change that before John Elway had to call it a career.
Following the firing of long-time head coach Mike Shanahan, the Broncos hired Josh McDaniels as his successor. McDaniels was thought of as somewhat of an offensive guru after serving as the offensive coordinator in New England.
Despite a very well received 6-0 start in Denver, things went downhill in a hurry for McDaniels. A clash between he and Jay Cutler forced the Broncos to trade their franchise quarterback to Chicago. Aside from that, the decision was made to trade Peyton Hillis to Cleveland, getting Brady Quinn in exchange.
It wasn't just the personnel decisions that were questioned with this regime. McDaniels was also caught videotaping (ESPN) a San Francisco 49ers practice before the two teams squared off in London in November 2010.
Due to the violation of league rules, McDaniels and the team were fined $50,000 each and McDaniels was relieved of his duties (Denver Post) shortly thereafter.
McDaniels finished with an 11-17 record in Denver and fans have lamented his hiring ever since.
Not since the loss to Jacksonville did a playoff loss sting as bad as the defeat suffered against Baltimore last season. Much like that 1996 season, the Broncos were 13-3 and had home field advantage.
They got a punt and a kickoff return for a touchdown from Trindon Holliday and still found a way to lose the game. Rahim Moore took more verbal abuse from fans than anyone following the game.
Yes, Moore made one of the worst plays you will ever see in professional football, but several other factors led to the play even being a possibility. Moore finished second on the team with 77 tackles in 2012 and was much improved over his rookie season. That is what fans should focus on.
The rivalry between the teams dates back to 1960 and the Raiders actually hold a 15-game lead in the all-time series. However, the Broncos have won three in a row and 10 of the last 16 over the silver and black.
If you ever attend a Broncos-Raiders game, the tension between the teams is obvious, but it is even more prevalent between the fans. You'll probably notice a fight or two break out in the stands.
If you have a conversation with a long-time Bronco fan, it won't be long before you hear the name John Elway.
It is hard to say who is the greatest quarterback to ever step on an NFL field and it is highly debatable, but in Denver, the fans don't hesitate to give you their take.
Yes, they are probably showing some favoritism, but Elway has the numbers to back it up. 51,475 passing yards, 300 touchdown passes, two Super Bowl victories and a handful of fourth-quarter comebacks. Most importantly, he retired with more wins than any quarterback had ever achieved at the time.
Elway is easily in the conversation for greatest ever. In Colorado, he isn't just one of the most revered athletes, he is one of the most loved people that have anything to do with the Centennial state and in the eyes of Denver fans, he can do no wrong.