For all the potential fun this team has to offer, what with its statistic-destroying offense, hall of fame QB/person and return of Mr. eatin’ greedy, uneasy lies the early crowned king. That bullseye that got placed on the Broncos backs felt good in the preseason. Yeah. We got screwed last year in the playoffs, so screw ‘em back! Preaseason number one, baby! We’ll see you in New York. And now the games have begun – six of them to be exact. And sorry to offend, but this group is human.
Does it bother me? Not in the least! Why? Because I never thought of them as anything else. The fact that they’re finding a way to win each week is nothing short of awesome to me. I don’t care what other people expect of them. I don’t buy it. I may hope for things like perfection, but I don’t believe anything "should" be. I know what I like: when the Broncos win. "Ugly win" = "Pretty win" in the column I care about. But what if they play like this next week (or against KC, or NE, or in the playoffs or…)? Slow down the hyper-spinning hyperbole. Here’s (hopefully) something to calm you down: they won’t play "like that" next week – or any other week. Guaranteed. You know why? Every game is different. The situations change, the match ups, the personnel, the health of that personnel, the location (or weather within that location, for one example) all change. There are general trends to observed, studied and reasonably discussed, no doubt. But when game day rolls around, that funny-shaped pigskin has a very feeble yet strong-willed mind of its own. To quote an old 80’s rock band that could be it’s own band’s name: Sometimes you kick, sometimes you get kicked. But the good ones keep kicking regardless.
So what to do about all this certain uncertainty? Well if you’re the Broncos, do exactly what you have been doing: studying, staying healthy, practicing, staying positive and filtering out the white noise (from "this team is the best ever" to "this team is itching to get beat because they can’t put it all together" or "…haven’t played a real (fill in the blank) yet"). Every week you can count on one thing: you have to prove it on the field. Isn’t that the reason to watch? Because no matter what you’re sure of, no one is really sure of anything. Any given Sunday, as "they" say.
I was very glad to see the "are you afraid of perfection" column a few weeks back. I was far less pleased to see the post-game write-up tonight, which seemed to buy into a lot of the negative nelly crap that makes me crazy in a fan base. And that’s just IMO – knock yourself out with however you want to cheer; it’s a (mostly) free fansite. But back to that perfection thing – what do you hear about the 1972 Dolphins besides they won them all? Not much, right? What else is there to say? What about how they almost lost several times in the regular season (two points over the Vikings, one point over the Bills and a four-point nail-biter against Jets late in the season). They found a way. It didn’t matter that they had some close ones. Just like this team. And, should these Broncos lose in the regular season…I reference every other Super Bowl team outside of the Dolphins. What do people call them? "Losers who won the Super Bowl"? Or just…champions. Champions – that’s the point here.
Here’s to ya, 2013 Broncos. Thanks for six great weeks. Keep doing what you’re doing. I look forward to next week’s game.