Hoping the Broncos take advantage of a golden playoff opportunity



Nate Waggenspack

There are two days of pro football games left on the schedule until next fall, and for football fans in Colorado, plenty of excitement surrounds these two days.

Football is such a good sport that even when your favorite team isn’t playing, it’s usually worth watching.

But when your favorite team is in the middle of a deep playoff run, it gets a whole lot better.

I had that in the first couple months of 2011, when the Green Bay Packers got healthy at the right time and ran through the NFC bracket before beating the Pittsburgh Steelers for a championship. The image of Safety Nick Collins returning an interception for a touchdown, then running across the end zone, going to his knees and drawing a celebration penalty is still burned into my mind.

You might have forgotten, but the Packers were knocked out of the playoffs two weeks ago. Rooting for them now would be a little bit strange.

So I’m happy for all the Broncos fans I’ve met since coming here — happy that maybe they’ll get something similar to what I got three years ago. For the newer generation of fans, memories of John Elway getting back-to-back wins probably don’t exist. What they have is the disastrous end to last year’s divisional game against the Ravens.

In general, I don’t get too excited about watching a Broncos game. There was the fun that came with watching Demaryius Thomas catch touchdowns for both my fantasy football teams, but that also could make watching Denver more aggravating if No. 88 wasn’t delivering.

But come this weekend (and the next one, too, if the Broncos can get there), I’ll be backing the orange and blue like most of the rest of Moffat County.

How is anyone from outside Massachusetts supposed to root for the Patriots? They haven’t won a Super Bowl since 2004 (they’ve choked in the two they’ve made since), but still all I hear about is how Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the greatest things to happen to the game.

Sorry, New England, not interested. If the Patriots make another Super Bowl, I might not be able to watch. And watching the Super Bowl — aside from the halftime show — is a great thing.

Even if it’s because I’m rooting my hardest against New England, I’ll also be rooting my hardest for Denver on Sunday. Go Broncos.

Nate Waggenspack is not a bandwagon-hopper, just football fan who needs something to root for. Contact him at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

Nate Waggenspack is not a bandwagon-hopper, just football fan who needs something to root for. Contact him at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.


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