Much has been said these days on MHR about being or not a "true" Broncos fan.
If you’ve never been to a game, you ain’t a true Broncos fan…
If you like (liked) Tim Tebow, you ain’t a true Broncos fan…
If you do this or do that, you ain’t a true Broncos fan…
Well dudes, I’d like to tell you that I think it’s all pointless. If anyone loves our franchise, he is a true Bronco fans regardless of his opinions about what’s better or worse for the team. I decided to accept the idea from our friend BroncoPH to tell how it is to be a brazilian fan who lives so far and never even visited the USA.
I’ll tell my own story.
It began in the end of the ’97 season, when I watched a couple games on ESPN Brazil (despite they broadcasted a low amount of games). I was in High School and I was 14 at that point. I barely understood the rules of the sport and I also still didn’t understand how the conferences were divided into divisions. I remember we were the Wild Cards after the Chiefs clinched the division that year and it messed with my pride, because I thought the Broncos deserved to be the first place of "the group".
Then came the playoffs, and that Super Bowl made me so happy that it’s unexplaibable. I was so pleased with the victory that I knew at that moment that I was definitely a Bronco. Unfortunately, I had to wait several months for the next season and it upset me, since I didn’t know how was the schedule of the entire offseason. When the ’98 season began, I already knew the basic rules and goals of the sport and I watched all the games I could on ESPN Brazil that year. They also didn’t broadcast a lot, but it was a spectacular season. The biggest frustration to me came when, after making into the Super Bowl, ESPN Brazil didn’t broadcast the final game! I was very pissed off and I only watched the conquest of our second ring several weeks later in reprise.
The hard part I faced about football was because I was born and raised in the 'country of soccer', so I never knew any other people who even knew the sport and it’s rules. I always had to be bored or thrilled quiet alone because of the games, since I never had anyone to talk about it. It was a tough time to yell or to complain alone.
In my High School senior year (in 2000), a friend returned from his 1 year exchange in Chatanooga as a Titans fan. We were very young (around 16 or 17 years old), so we still didn’t understand the game enough to have good and deep discussions or ideas about it. He was the closest I had to talk about the NFL though. When I made it to College in 2001, there weren’t people there to talk about football too. So, I kept watching the games by myself until nearly the end of the ’09 season when I found MHR. It was amazing to read news and comments from ‘real’ Broncos fans. I felt like a 5 years old child who earned from Santa exactly what he asked for Christmas.
I spent much time just lurking the site and struggling against my English to understand it properly. It lasted until the end of the ’10 season, when I got the courage to make an account and start making a comment here or there. It was during that offseason that I started posting. Besides having somewhat improved my english and learned some priceless amount of knowledge about football, I made a friendship with some amazing guys here. Despite never having shaked the hand of any, I consider many MHR members as a good friend. That’s why I occasionally mention that MHR is my orange & blue family.
I don’t know if I am a true Broncos fan, if I am a knee-jerk, or whatever you name me. What I do know is that I love the franchise more than I love any other team in any other sport in the world. And folks, I really like soccer, besides being a good S.E.Palmeiras fan. This year I accomplished to realize the project of owning a Broncos blog in portuguese, to make sure that other possible brazilian fans don’t have to suffer quiet and vibrate alone how I had to do when I was a teenager. I want to provide them access to updated news in our native language, besides a space for them all to talk about the team.
I’m used to research some numbers or post some ideas here on MHR. This is a different kind of post, so thank you everybody for reading my story. This is how I became a Denver Bronco.