This week I take a break from terrible writing and give a shot at Podcasting my "Dear John" series. No frills, no muisc..except for the end, just me, a microphone and a couple of craft beers
It's been a week since I last wrote you. Since then Broncos Country (it's big headed of me to write for ALL Broncos fans, but it's the internet so why not) still hasn't heard from you. It's my duty at this juncture to continue the campaign to bring you back. This week we aren't going to focus on "disappointment" though, this week we talk about EXCITEMENT.
Sure last week we talked about a few key moments that all of us in Broncos Country know very well. "The Drive", playoff victories, Super Bowl wins, but those are something we all have in common. In order to bring this around it needs to be personal. We need to talk about how MY Broncos got YOU EXCITED (yes it is the internet, you read "excited", but this isn't a bathhouse and I'm not going there). The beauty of the internet and you being part of the South Stands Fancast there's lots of material to pull from.
Let's talk about one game in particular, Monday Night Football October 15, 2012. I remember it vividly, I was escorting 25 Marines to watch our Broncos take on the Chargers in San Diego (you know it means "whales vagina" in German?). The Chargers were routing MY Broncos 24-0 at halftime, however in true Broncos fashion we have one of the GREATEST COMEBACKS IN MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL HISTORY!! Coming back to kick sand in Philip "Cry Me A" Rivers face and diffuse the "Bolts" 35-24.
Does it jog your memory? It should. You sir were just as motivated as I and the rest of Broncos Country that night. I point specifically to this tweet the following day:
You see that's true "EXCITEMENT." You recognize the emotional roller coaster the game put you through. Telling Broncos Country to "power through" and "comeback" just like the Broncos. You then end it with a capitalized "GO" followed by an exclamation point! That sir is EXCITEMENT! Incase you forgot, go back and listen to yourself on that weeks podcast episode. I did, you, Colin, Scott and the rest of Boone's Tavern were joyous, and glowing with the shower of orange and blue Bronco goodness that had just rained down upon us that evening.
That's not the only example either. What about the EXCITEMENT at handing "Wacco" Flacco and the Ravens their feathers kicking off the 2013 season? Especially, after the NFL plastered Sports Authority and downtown Denver with Flacco's ugly face. Why did that win bring us such pleasure? Because we lost in overtime to a Ravens team we should have beat in 2012. Do I need to point the level of obscene level of EXCITEMENT we felt beating the Patriots before going to the Super Bowl? Nothing makes me laugh harder then Brandon Perna addressing it on this episode of "That's Good Broncos".
The point to all this is that OUR Broncos provide us A LOT of EXCITEMENT!! You sir are, and have been a part it. We all have! EXCITEMENT comes after DISAPPOINTMENT (see what I did there). Come back John Reidy, turn that frown upside down. Our Broncos are going to provide A LOT more EXCITEMENT in 2014. So it's TIME TO RIDE, because in Broncos Country we are all UNITED IN ORANGE!
Mile High Salute!
DISAPPOINTMENT!! It's a tough word, a word that can instantly bring soul crushing emotional distress when used in the appropriate context. I remember being a kid and doing something wrong and my Dad would say to my face, "I'm so disappointed in you." NOTHING was more gut wrenching. I only bring this up because "disappointment" is the word you've used repeatedly in tweets, blog posts, etc. since this years Super Bowl loss. You have left Broncos Country John, and that disappoints me. I'm here to bring you back.
You have inspired me, for that I am thankful. I even had to nuke the entire site from orbit, it was the only way to be sure this post got the attention it deserves (click here if you don't get the reference). John you are part of the "SOUTH STANDS", arguably Colorado's GREATEST Sports Podcast. Colin, you and Scott are AMAZING! As a fan of the "Three Amigos" of Denver Sports podcasting you bring awesome guests, objective opinion, not to mention a metric ass ton of entertainment.
You all three accomplish this because you embrace what the "SOUTH STANDS" are all about. It's where a naked guy in a barrel, a leprechaun in orange and blue, and maybe a guy in a cape can profess their love and excitement for all things DENVER BRONCOS! We are different. We aren't like fans from other teams. We don't jump on the bandwagon when it suits us best. We've been through tough losses before, a lot of them. I've been there myself for some of them.
My first live NFL game was when Doug "what the hell is he doing now" Williams ripped us apart in Super Bowl XXII. I was 13 with a broken arm sitting on the Redskins side of the Stadium and had crappy domestic beer chucked at me STARTING in the third qtr. You don't forget things like that. Losing Super Bowls by large margins is something we in Broncos Country have had to learn to live with it. It's because of those moments we appreciate the miracles of NFL AWESOMENESS that have been bestowed upon OUR DENVER BRONCOS
The Drive! Not good enough? How about The Drive II? No? How about John Elway running the ball and helicopeter'ing in Super Bowl XXXII providing the momentum that would help our Broncos win their first Super Bowl? No, still not moving you? Then winning back to back Super Bowl's surely brought a smile to your face!? What about that throw by Tim Tebow in overtime to Demaryius "Broncos Nation" Thomas against the Steelers? THAT WAS AMAZEBALLS!! The "Broncos Win, Everyone Goes Nuts" video still brings tears to my eyes. Maybe I shouldn't even bring up all the records Peyton Manning and the Broncos crushed this year.
My point is there are some NFL fans that would kill for just ONE of those memories. Yes there are instances of disappointment sprinkled within all these amazing moments in Broncos history. I'm also not trying to sugar coat that this years Super Bowl loss wasent hard to take. I felt like Luke Skywalker when he found out that Darth Vader was his father (talk about hurt).
I once heard the phrase "expectations are the first step towards disappointment." John, as fan and a friend (even though we've only had beers twice, I think I can say friend here, if I am overstepping my internet boundary my apologies) let go of what expectations we had from last season and release your disappointment. We have so much to look forward to this year in Broncos Country and that is what I hope to remind you of in this series of "Dear John" posts.
Mile High Salute John Reidy! I will not give up till you come back to Broncos Country!