Tailgating Behind Enemy Lines

In case you missed it, I crossed enemy lines and spent my Sunday entrenched in the heart of Bills Mafia. If I were to describe my experience in Orchard Park as a movie, it would be as if Animal House bred with American Psycho while Rudy played in the background of their rent-by-the-hour motel room.

Imagine the City of Detroit from the Original RoboCop film… filed with drunk idiots… in 93 degree weather… randomly singing Shout. Sprinkle in some of this and this and this and you’ve got yourself quite the afternoon!

As you can imagine, I was more than excited when my caravan of Bills fans who haven’t experienced a playoff victory since before puberty, pulled in next to a group of very brave Broncos fans. As it turns out, they weren’t just fans, they were the proud family of the Broncos very own kicker, Brandon McManus.

Sis, Pops, Yours Truly, Ma… Bates Motel in the Background.

Stick with me because after the fold, as I’m going to share a few insights from “Pops”, as Von Miller’s dad calls him, and the McManus family. Awesome people BTW.

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Next Stop: Settle Town

This past weekend sure was a doozy in Broncos Country. If you only watched ESPN, only read the Denver Post and yes my fellow Thin-Air members, even if you were smart enough to visit this site, you’d still have been convinced that the wheels have fallen off of the Denver Broncos wagon. The 2017 cut down weekend included nearly as much fan and media led hysteria as the “Play Tim Tebow” era.

After the fold, I’m going to eloquently tell you why we all need to Settle Down. You may not WANT to hear this, but just like an unwanted “we have to talk” conversation with your significant other, you NEED to hear it.

Here are some of the drama highlights from this weekend:

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D (Ring-of-Fame) Ware?

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That sub-thread combined with my own thoughts on the value D-Ware brought to the team got me to thinking… Does Demarcus Ware really belong in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame?

To be fair, technically he’s not eligible as ROF candidates need a minimum of four years on a Broncos roster. However, hear me out. After the fold, I might make you consider him worth a rule change. ‘Might’ being the operative word. 🙂 Continue reading D (Ring-of-Fame) Ware?

Laughing All The Way To The Bank

Today, In-thin Air commentor @bradley shared a USA Today article on the City of San Diego winning by losing the Chargers to Los Angeles. The article coupled with another Disqus thread earlier in the week about the NFL’s former non-profit status had me thinking about the true cost of public subsidies for NFL construction and renovation projects.

Ultimately, I wanted to find out if having an NFL team was really worth it?

Now, don’t shoot the messenger here, I love the Denver Broncos, but after the fold, you might learn Denver is not isolated from these welfare problems and that Mile High taxpayers should probably start $aving NOW.

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Performance Enhancing Drugs – Is It Time for a Rule Change?

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Over the course of the last few decades, professional sports have gone from an American Pastime to a World-Wide Entertainment Industry (DaDaDa, DaDaDa). Revenue is up, Records are routinely broke and wining at all cost has led to the unfortunate call for asterisks to be placed next to some of  sports’ greatest of all time.

After the fold , @BobMorris and Myself (@KushLash) have teamed up for some bye week-esque journalism. Together, we peel back the layers of the professional sports entertainment industry and show you what role performance enhancing drugs really has played in our community’s favorite pastime: Professional Football

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Watching Broncos Games: A Guide and Discussion

Back in May, @BobMoris wrote a really good post about the nature of live sports and network broadcasting, worth the read if you haven’t seen it yet. Well, yesterday the NFL announced it will offer the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to SlingTV subscribers (You have to love the photo The Verge used to accompany this article). This comes on the heals of a recent NFL partner$hip with Twitter and their continued partner$hip talks YouTube.

That being said,  if you are a Broncos fan who doesn’t live in Denver media market (as Bob and I both are), it is still not that easy to watch a live game broadcast without shelling out some serious dough. I mean, there is a reason the NFL is King three days a week from September to January. The same reason he’s always $miling.

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After the fold, I’m going to walk you through the traditional thievery, I mean viewing options fans have for live broadcasts as well as open the thread to a discussion, where I hope you’ll share some of your own unique Denver Broncos game viewing experiences.   Continue reading Watching Broncos Games: A Guide and Discussion

The Curious Case of Mark Sanchez

As the ‘QB Controversy’ nears its end in Broncos Country, I wanted to share some fun insight on the Sanchize and why success in the league has more to do with stars aligning in a perfect environment than individual statistics.

Don’t worry; this is not an article to remind you about our to-be starting QB’s famous rear-end collision. Rather, after the fold, I’m going walk you back from the spoiled quarterback ledge we’ve all been on and tell you why we should embrace ‘Suns Out, Guns Out’.

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How Lucky Are We?

Now that this is out of the way and while we all wait for @Nick full break down, I thought it was worth taking a moment to reflect.

While participating in the Broncos Greatest Game Tournament put on by @Jeremy (KUDOS BTW, this has been a lot of fun taking so many trips down memory lane), I had to force myself to consider just how great the last few seasons have been for Broncos Country and where it all is going to rank in NFL history.

In the last round, I made a comment that I thought last year’s regular season game against the Green Bay Packers was the “Greatest regular season game for a Defense in NFL history. ” This prompted @VonSwenson to, rightfully so, question if I really believed that (see thread here).

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After the fold, I think I can answer for Broncos Country how great not only that game was, but also just How Lucky We Are. Continue reading How Lucky Are We?

Does Peyton Manning Belong in the Ring of Fame?

With Bob’s musings on the Hall of Fame nominees, this past weekend’s induction of Mr. B to the Ring of Fame and THIS hilariously gone wrong Denver Broncos ‘Ring of Fame Generator’ got me to wonder if #18 is a lock for the team’s Ring of Fame after he retires.

My personal favorite:
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