Hello there folks! What better way to get a start on the 2011 season than on a Monday night when Denver Broncos host the Oakland Raiders. We all know what happened in 2010 against Oakland. Needless to say it was the worst performance against our hated rivals since 1994. Many of us witnessed the the hapless bumbling at home letting them run up the score, crap all over the field and both times led to the firing of Denver's head coaches. Wade Phillips got canned in 1994 and Josh McDaniels in 2010.
Something happened between 1994 and 2010. We brought in a coach that understood and hated Oakland. To this day Shanny is still owed money from Al Davis for his services in the late 1980's. Even when the Broncos fielded some mediocre teams (which has been the case many times in the last decade), almost all the time we enjoyed Denver getting the best of Oakland. For many years we witnessed and enjoyed making them the conquered fader nation and took glee in their hapless ways. Something changed in some of us. We quit taking Oakland seriously, some of us fans started taking pity (that idea makes me vomit) for their fans. When that happened, the rivalry fizzled for us Bronco fans.
Something started to change in 2007. We saw the first game that was barely won thanks to a convenient timeout that led to a missed FG in OT. The second game we marched into Oakland only to get pummeled. In 2008, we opened with Oakland and destroyed them on the road. The second game, we completely fell apart at home and led to one of the largest late-season collapses in NFL history. Shanny was canned, McD arrived and we all know the rest of the drama. 2009 led to another season split with JaMarcus Russell leading the team to a win in Denver (another nauseating moment).
2010 was the very worst in this historic rivalry. 59-14 is all that needs to be said. While "Spygate II" led to McD's firing, I think leading a team into a 59-14 embarrassment at home is enough to get anyone fired. I know for me losing to Oakland in that fashion was the final straw. The second game was Tim Tebow's first start and a little more competitive, but the result was the same...a loss.
2011 is now a clean slate with a new coach, VP John Elway and a re-vamped defense. The wrench in the machine was the lockout. Thankfully all 32 teams had this problem. While the timing for a new coach is horrible, it is the hand Denver is dealt with. Even if the guys are not up to speed, I want to see some major aggression coming out of these guys. It is up to them to wash the stench of 59-14 out. Oakland treated the Mile High field last year like drunken college kids with too much money trashing an upscale Vail condo on Spring Break. That is never acceptable. I want Denver to punch the Raiders in the mouth and not let up until the clock hits 0:00 in the 4th. Oakland needs to leave the game battered, bruised and questioning if they will even have a good season. That is how important this game is. While from a distance it is only one of 16 games, for us and our team it is bragging rights and momentum for a successful season. Now is the time to renew our intensity against our most reviled rivals. Go Broncos! Bust them in the mouth!