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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...

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They're still the Browns to us

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"The people of Maryland may call them the Ravens, but to Denver fans the team that now resides in Baltimore is still the same old Cleveland Browns that we thumped in the ’86, ’87 and ‘89 AFC Championship games. We remember “the Drive”. We remember “the Fumble”. We remember Denver’s dominance against Marty Schottenheimer, Bernie Kosar, Earnest Byner and the rest. And to us nothing has changed."

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We still call them the Browns.

Art Modell might have picked his woeful Browns up and moved them from the Midwest to the Eastern seaboard, but we haven’t forgotten what our Denver Broncos did to them beforehand. Their team colors are black and purple now; but the franchise poised to face the orange and blue at Mile High on Saturday are our most familiar playoff opponent of all time.

The people of Maryland may call them the Ravens, but to Denver fans the team that now resides in Baltimore is still the same old Cleveland Browns that we thumped in the ’86, ’87 and ‘89 AFC Championship games. We remember “the Drive”. We remember “the Fumble”. We remember Denver’s dominance against Marty Schottenheimer, Bernie Kosar, Earnest Byner and the rest. And to us nothing has changed.

As Keith Bishop once said, “We’ve got them right where we want them.”

When Modell’s squad returns to Denver, the Broncos will continue one of the proudest traditions in NFL playoff history by beating them yet again. They abandoned their real fans in 1996, backfilling a market into which John Elway once refused to drafted, but the Broncos never left. The tradition that existed here in the Super Bowl years of the 1980s still remains and so do the memories of triumph after triumph over the also-rans now known as the Ravens.

Maryland people aren’t necessarily aware of their club’s history with John Elway and his teams. To them the gut-wrenching feeling they feel on Saturday night will be all new. The “Ravens” are 6-4 all-time against Denver, but in their previous incarnation (the Browns) they went 5-21 all time against the Broncos. Denver’s winning percentage against them was 80.8.

The Broncos have surrendered only one playoff loss this franchise. It was in the Wild Card round following the 1999 season, Modell’s first in Baltimore. It took his relocating to snap the curse of Elway. It also took Denver having Gus Frerotte at quarterback. It will be Peyton Manning this time. Manning is undefeated is his last nine match-ups with the former Browns.

Elway will be back for this one, too. The man who gave Browns fans nightmares back in the eighties is an executive now. He will be a thorn in the side of the franchise – and the City of Baltimore once again.

Ray Lewis is the face of the Baltimore Ravens today. To Broncos fans, however, they’re still our bumbling half-rivals, Modell’s team, Marty and the boys. Baltimore had the Colts when John Elway refused to play there, before the Colts had Manning. Cleveland had the Browns before the Browns became the Ravens and stuck the people of Ohio with the memories of all those Broncos losses.

Maryland inherited a new team back in 1996 and along with that team it inherited a history. When it comes to facing the Denver Broncos that history is as bleak as a Baltimore slum.

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