The success of MHR will rely on you, passionate Bronco fans everywhere, to be interactive with me and let me know what you want in this site." ~ The Sports Guru aka John Bena August 24, 2006.
Today marks the 7th year since John’s first post. So it is indeed a Happy Birthday for Mile High Report.
I approached Bronco Mike with a heads up that this day was coming about a week ago. I was trying to urge him to write this up, simply because it is a moment that shouldn’t be overlooked. After a while, he told me that I should be the one to post this, so here it is.
John started Mile High Report looking to provide Broncos fans all over the world a positive place on the web to talk about, learn about, comment about Denver Broncos football in a laid back atmosphere.
I wanted MileHighReport to have that "Cheers" feel, where everyone knows your name and they're always glad you came. Most importantly, I wanted Broncos Fans to have a site that was worthy of them, the greatest fans in the world.
Indeed. When I came aboard some three years ago, John explained his vision to me. He said that MHR should be like a group of fans sitting in a bar discussing football, and the Broncos in particular. The interwebs being what they are, it is sometimes difficult to tell a person’s tone or meaning by what is typed across a computer screen. Therefore, the Guru’s message was,
"If you were sitting at a bar watching a game with someone you didn’t know, would you cuss at, demean them or personally attack them to their face? Probably not."
Thus it became the standard on this site to maintain decorum in a civilized manner.
And the plan worked. With the help of each and every one of you, the membership of MHR, to hold to those standards. The result of this tremendous effort has made this place a family and the benefit of collective experiences and sharing has affected everyone here and made them a better fan simply by learning more about the game and our favorite team, learning to cooperate and try to understand each individual’s point of view and if not, at least respecting that POV enough not to bash it.
The first 18 months of this pillar of Broncos fandom was spent with John basically talking to himself. By the end of Year 4, contributors like Styg50 (Jeremy Bolander), HoosierTeacher (Steve Nichols), Zappa (Tim Lynch) and MDierk (Matt Dierk) had this site purring with right around 6100 members. When I became a member of the staff, MHR was nearly 10,000 strong. That number must be approaching 12,000 by now at least and it is a testament to those who started and nurtured this dream as well as those who continue it today.
For me, MHR will always be a haven of sanity and knowledge. I am truly blessed to be a part of this community that I still call home.
MHR has gone through many changes since it’s inception and the entire staff has been recycled and regenerated, but one thing remains true to form: MHR is where diehard Bronco fans come to celebrate, discuss and cheer for the men in Orange.
I can’t put it any other way than to use John’s own words.
"Thank you to everyone that has joined me the wild ride that has become the MHR and MHR Radio."
-- Kaptain Kirk