South Stands Denver on Facebook South Stands Denver on Linkedin South Stands Denver on Twitter South Stands Denver on Google+

Champ must retire a Bronco

Champ must retire a Bronco

We're not normally the pomp and circumstance types around here but on this issue we agree - Champ Bailey, who announced his retirement from the NFL today despite "interest from...

Into the Fogg: Should Josh McDaniels get credit for the current Broncos success?

Into the Fogg: Should Josh McDaniels get credit for the current Broncos success?

"McDaniels, for all his glaring faults, realized that Cutler would never amount to the quarterback we all expected him to be when Denver moved up to draft him in the...

Mark Rycroft can actually make you a smarter hockey fan

Mark Rycroft can actually make you a smarter hockey fan

"Kudos to the Colorado Avalanche. In a world where more and more professional teams are turning to their broadcast crew to further their own public relations department’s agenda, it’s fantastic...

Here’s Your Broncos / Niners #509 Tweetrospective ™ , the entire game retold in Tweets

Here’s Your Broncos / Niners #509 Tweetrospective ™ , the entire game retold in Tweets

Yesterday evening's trouncing of the 'Niners at home by the Broncos and Peyton Manning's smashing of Brett Favre's TD record was as exciting to see as anything the Broncos have...

Broncos: It can no longer be all about Peyton

Broncos: It can no longer be all about Peyton

Manning has brought Denver a lot of wins and promises to deliver many more before he rides off into the sunset. But, as his third spectacular statistical season unfolds and...

Like it or not, the Broncos must stress the running game

Like it or not, the Broncos must stress the running game

"The Broncos rushed for 64 yards against the Colts and lost 33-39. They rushed for 19 yards against the Chargers and lost 20-27 and, of course, in the biggest game...

"NFL Pink" is pretty much bullshit

"NFL Pink" is pretty much bullshit

"Pink is OK matched with Colts blue and white but it's absolutely brutal looking next to Bengals orange. Televisions are really, really good now and the visual assault the NFL...

Next season the Broncos could put Rex-N-Effect

Next season the Broncos could put Rex-N-Effect

"Despite some early success with the then Mark Sanchez led Jets, Rex Ryan has pretty well proven that he can't get the job done in New York. His Jets are...

Whiff! Rockies PR strikes out looking once again

Whiff! Rockies PR strikes out looking once again

"But even if he turns out to be the next Billy Bean the Rockies will have screwed up royally by making the hire as quickly as they did." Read More ......

Nuggets: the slow march toward predictable disappointment begins

Nuggets: the slow march toward predictable disappointment begins

"The playoffs, assuming the Nuggets make it there, will offer only more of what we have all gotten used to - a rapid exit for an undermanned Denver team." Read more...

Is Colorado Springs too crappy even for the crappy Rockies?

Is Colorado Springs too crappy even for the crappy Rockies?

"Once vibrant, downtown Colorado Springs is a sad wasteland now. Development has been pushed east and the heart of the city has been left to wither." Read More ...

Radio Row: Denver fans clamor for Clough

Radio Row: Denver fans clamor for Clough

"Now that Broncos’ season is in full swing there is a appreciable chasm in Denver sports talk radio. " Read More ...

How not to get bitten by daily fantasy sports

How not to get bitten by daily fantasy sports

"First of all, realize that the inevitable 100% deposit bonus you'll be taking advantage of is the equivalent of that first line of coke you sniffed at the kegger. It’s...

Denver Does Dallas: the great “illness” mystery of pre-season week four

Denver Does Dallas: the great “illness” mystery of pre-season week four

"This synopsis of what I think might have happened is completely bereft of established fact and is no way intended to be seen as a news story. It’s entirely speculative." Read...

Here’s Your Broncos / Colts Tweetrospective™, the entire game retold in Tweets

Here’s Your Broncos / Colts Tweetrospective™, the entire game retold in Tweets

Football season is finally here and the Broncos’ first game has come and gone. It was a doozy - especially in the first half - and, as always, it was...

If the Broncos win the Super Bowl I will drink my pee.

If the Broncos win the Super Bowl I will drink my pee.

"I'll drink eight ounces. That's all. The secretion will be collected in the men's room of whatever facility I happen to be at, under moderate supervision, into a rocks glass...

High expectations mean spoiled fans in Broncos Country

High expectations mean spoiled fans in Broncos Country

"Unlike in the Elway years we failed to watch the Broncos with wide-eyed amazement. Instead we anticipated victories and felt vindicated when they came. That's why the loss in the...

Radio Row INTERVIEW: Peter Burns scored his dream gig but the Press Box will remain in good hands

Radio Row INTERVIEW: Peter Burns scored his dream gig but the Press Box will remain in good hands

"The Press Box is my baby." Burns told me. "I am not looking forward to leaving it but I know it's in good hands." Read More ...

Dusty Saunders takes Drew Soicher to task at long last

Dusty Saunders takes Drew Soicher to task at long last

"9 News employs dozens of excellent reporters and anchors who help the station set the gold standard with its local news product. Even its other sports anchors, Rod Mackey, Aaron...

«
»
Monday, 03 December 2012 10:36

The Broncos are so good that they're boring

Written by 
Rate this item
(2 votes)

The Denver Broncos have squirreled away their second AFC West Championship in a row with four games yet to play in the in the 2012 regular season. They're winning almost predictably. It's everything we can ask for, so why are we bored?
Read more 


The Denver Broncos have squirreled away their second AFC West Championship in a row with four games yet to play in the in the 2012 regular season. They're playing now for playoff seeding. If things come together over the next several weeks, the Broncos could wind up with a bye week and home-field advantage right up until the Super Bowl.

All they do is win. Yes, Denver's offense has had it's share of early coughs and sputters (these were most pronounced in Kansas City) but, all in all, the feeling's always there that they're going to bring it home in the fourth quarter. We're never really even worried anymore, are we?

The Buccaneers came in presumed to be one of the better teams the Broncos would face all season, yet looked to be on an altogether lower tier than the Orange and Blue as the game in sunny Mile High unfolded. It's been this way since that 35-point second half in San Diego. That's when Peyton Manning showed Broncos Country that his team would never be out of it so long as his coaches were willing simply to let him take the reigns. Even when the Broncos are behind, they are ahead so long as PFM is in the mix. He's a transcendent player, and even opposing coaches know it.  

Maybe I am just addicted to drama, or maybe I don't know how to handle success, but I find myself a little bit bored by the Broncos, their efficiency and their comfort level with Manning. Their dusting of their division has been pleasing, but wasn't it more fun going 8-8, winning the AFC West on the last possible day, and going into the post-season as a Wild Card team? Wasn't that more along the lines of what we are used to as Denver Sports fans?

It's something we are adjusting to, this kind of winning.  Our teams are supposed to come out nowhere like the 2007 Rockies, who won eleven straight at the tail end of the season to make the Playoffs, and ultimately advance to the World Series. That turn of events was so shocking that the team had no idea even how to distribute tickets! The Rockies were swept, of course, by the Red Sox, which felt just about right.


And people wonder why we still talk about Tim Tebow. Didn't his style of winning just suit Denver's perfectly? Just when you thought you could count Tim out he would do something incredible. Or, if not, the opponent would make some unlikely mishap that put Tim in a position to win. He was captivating to watch. With Tebow, every outcome was uncertain.

John Elway himself helped us acquire our taste for the impossible. The King of the Comeback put together jaw-dropping wins on several occasions after fans had vacated Mile High Stadium.  He led teams to wildly unlikely victories with plays like "the catch" and "the helicopter". He propelled a Wild Card to a Championship in Super Bowl XXXII, proving all the experts wrong.

We must look back as far to the 1998 / 1999 season to recall a Broncos team that was really in the driver’s seat. Prior to that, the Avalanche teams of the mid-1990’s provided fans with a sense of likely, if not inevitable success. Aside from that solitary Broncos campaign, and those dominant Avalanche teams (who had only just departed Quebec), Denver fans have not been treated to very much confidence or security from sports.

And yet the 2012 / 2013 Denver Broncos appear to be on track to provide very little in terms of real excitement until the playoffs start. For the time being they have established machine-like predictability. Maybe that shouldn’t be boring to me. Maybe it’s what I should expect. But I am not a Patriots fan. It’s not what I expect and it’s not what I am used to.

I don’t know how I am supposed to reconcile the idea that it’s not going to take any last-moment heroics for Denver to advance this time. They’re headed into the post-season, hopefully with a full head of steam. They have the right guy in the front office, the right guy under center, and a coaching staff that’s puching all the right buttons. They’re all professionals just handling their business.

Meanwhile, the Rockies have a new manager who was most recently coaching high-school kids and they are coming off of their worst season ever. Nobody knows what to expect from the ever-changing Nuggets and their polarizing head coach. The Colorado Buffaloes are scraping rock-bottom and looking for a new leader and the Avalanche are embroiled in a nasty and never-ending labor dispute.

The Broncos don’t fit in. They’re boring - and I like it that way.    

Last modified on Monday, 03 December 2012 10:41
Colin Daniels

Colin is the emcee of the South Stands Denver Fancast and maintains our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Best of Westword 2013: Best Blog
Best of Westword 2011: Best Podcast
Subscribe to South Stands Denver Fancast on iTunes

South Stands Denver Fancast Playlist

SSDF Podcast

  • South Stands Denver Fancast, Show 197
    It's one of those intimate shows with just Colin and John and we go deep into life, sports, homelessness and…
  • South Stands Denver Fancast, Show 196
    The tradition continues as we do a live to tape podcast while the Broncos play the Chargers on a Thursday…
  • FantasyVille episode 1.8 (SSDFC 196)
    Colin is animated tonight and lets it fly with a new segment called "Reality visits FantasyVille." We talk the latest…
  • South Stands Denver Fancast, Show 195
    You thought we'd fall off? The joke's on you jack! Another fancast! And this time we only giggle about trunk…

SSDF on Facebook

SSDF Twitter Watch

SSDF Authors