The Broncos lost tonight.
They lost for the first time in 18 regular season games.
19-0 'til we ain't, right? Well now we ain't. But that doesn't bother me too much.
Teams that go undefeated in the regular season have gone 1-1 in the Super Bowl. It doesn't mean anything that we aren't going to finish 16-0. Winning the division and getting home field advantage are more important than a perfect record. Speaking of which...
We are now in second place in the division by one game, with more than half of the season left to play, including two games against the team ahead of us. This is far from an insurmountable margin. Those who act like the season is decided in week seven are tragically misguided and rather silly.The sun will rise tomorrow, my friends. The trolls will retreat back to their caves, and we will move on. Those who are discouraged enough to give up on this team because of one loss were never true fans in the first place, and their defections don't bother me. If you don't have the guts for this, now is the time to get out. It's going to be a bumpy ride.
You know what? I even think we're going to lose again this season. Horrors! We might not even go 15-1! How awful. I can't guarantee that we will, and I hope we don't, but I don't think it's going to happen against the Chiefs, and I don't think it's going to happen in January.
This team has what it takes, and a slip up or two along the way does not diminish that. No one is perfect. Not even Peyton Manning. Just have faith, Broncos Country. Losing is not always the end of the world. It might just give this team the chip on the shoulder it needs to fight back stronger than ever.
I, for one, am still planning on wearing my Broncos gear tomorrow because, after all, tomorrow...is another day.