How would you feel as a fan if your team was beaten in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl champions, and for the opening game of the next season, your stadium actually had the audacity to hang the Super Bowl MVP's image on your stadium?
ESPN's Brian Dawkins calls it an insult. I tend to agree, and so do the fans.
Predictably, they are upset. Here's a Denver Broncos team that had come from mediocrity to land Peyton Manning and head into the playoffs with high expectations. The Broncos were three points and a ridiculous Rahim Moore blown coverage away from an AFC Championship showdown with the New England Patriots.
Few losses hurt as badly as one of those. And there is no doubt that hanging Flacco's image from the Sports Authority Field at Mile High is the proverbial salt on the wound.
Even the quarterbacks agree.
Joe Flacco was always the "heel" in this situation, with the Broncos fans' hate stemming from the AFC Divisional round.
Fan petitions league to remove Joe Flacco banner from Mile High: http://t.co/HRpt7g0mR5— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 27, 2013
As if he wasn't already public enemy No. 1, he absolutely has to be now. Broncos fans are so fired up, they have actually started a movement to get the poster removed. Even though it'll probably be gone as soon as the game on Thursday is over.
This is the decision of the league. It has put the burden on the Denver Broncos organization. It has been met with disdain and borderline revolt, and the cries of the Broncos fans need to be answered.