One thing that you have to eagerly anticipate about each NFL season, is rivalry weeks. The chance for upsets, the shot at settling grudges, and adding salt to an open wounds.
We as devoted fans love it.
This week I'll be giving my perspective of why I despise the Denver Broncos. My dislike for them is only matched by a equal hatred for the San Francisco 49ers. Of course, this is all in good fun, so don't take this article too seriously. Without any more interuptions, let's roll on with my first reason...
In the 90's, there is no doubt that many fans my age grew to like the teams they follow, based on heroes at quarterback that played. Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Troy Aikman...although I didn't watch football when I was kid, there was one player I couldn't stand.
Could I give you a good reason why I disliked him? Nope. Whether it was his akward smile, the team colors, or his number seven; I just wasn't a fan of the Hall of Famer. Ironically, it probably foreshadowed my future, and punched my ticket into the Raider Nation from an early age.
Although a living legend to many, but nothing special to me. I'll always remember he was the first real reason I didn't like the Denver Broncos.
When I first started watching football in Junior High, I came to find that there was always a certain thorn in the side, of the Oakland Raiders.
Enter Mike Shanahan.
For years, it seemed like the Denver Broncos...whether contenders (04' and 05') to mediocre or awful (see past couple of years) found ways to beat us. Of course, we've had our fair share of upsets over them as well (see last year Mile High Stadium).
Still, one game stands out, and will constantly remind me of why I can't stand their former coach.
Enter 2007, week 2, in Denver with a radical overtime finish.
The game was 20-20, and the Oakland Raiders were near the middle of the field. Of course, failing to keep the drive going, they lined up for a field goal. Surprise! Sebastian Janokowski booted a HUGE KICK that went through---only to have Mike Shanahan call a timeout right before the attempt.
The retry failed, and the ball was handed right back Jay Cutler, thus, allowing them their own field goal winning play. Although we used the same tactic the next week against Cleveland, nothing can take away the poison I felt that day with my team losing such a close game.
I'll bash him wherever he lands this offseason, thats for sure.
The old rule of thumb is, "third times a charm", but whoever came up with that obviously didn't associate it with the Denver Bronco Uniforms.
There first ones, this years AFL throwbacks, are the worst of the worst. From the brown, to the yellow, to the verticle stripes...all of it is just plain hideous. I fully support the media in bashing them this season.
Next, we have the introduction of Orange Crush.
From 1968-1996 they wore these bothersome ones. Does it take to a fancy artist to design a football jersey? No. But convential thinking should support that blue and orange are a awful color combination. Also, what was with the pony on the helmet blowing wind? Wait, what was that horse doing?
Lastly, the current ones who look a little better with the navy blue.
Not much to say about them that isn't stated for their predecessors. I'am just glad when they don't whip out their alternate (orange top) on the field. That still doesn't take away headaches that I get from any Broncos memorabilia.
Just hire someone to create a trendy, edgy look. The orange has got to go.
Nothing is more annoying than turning on the television, as an Oakland Raiders Fan, and hearing the news talk bad about the team.
It's even more aggravating when that commentator happens to be an ex. Denver Bronco.
We get it, none of you will ever have kind words to say about the organization. Understood. Please, I'am just asking you Shannon (Sharpe) and Mark (Schelerth) to shut up and actually be professional.
Tom Jackson, you have no room to talk. That 70's Raiders Team actually won a Super Bowl to their credit. Your 70's team got spanked by Dallas. Must feel rather cold going to the big dance, and not having a ring.
Whats amusing is that my last reason for disliking the team...has itself, come from having animosity with their fanbase.
Of course, we're opposites in the sense that for most reasons I resent their team---they'll admire the Denver Broncos. They praise the ground John Elway walks on. They applauded Mike Shanahan. They embrace the ugly colors. They laugh when commentators make jokes.
Most of the ones I've met have been snobs and jerks. Apparently, all of us can't stop talking out the three super bowl victories. Yet, they'll never let go that they won two back to back with Mr. Elway. They label Raider Nation as, "thugs and gangstas", which is a truly classless act in of itself.
Oh well, I'am sure they relish when their team beats ours each season...as if that compensates for 11 years without a Super Bowl appearance.
Laugh out loud.