Friday morning saw us leaving the safety of our confines to venture to The Big City, more commonly referred to as Fruita, Colorado, the western anchor of the Grand Junction Metroplex to attend the Salute the Fans whistle stop tour by our Beloved Broncos. Since we live forty minutes away from the nearest asphalt road, it really takes something special to make the trip worthwhile. We were not disappointed.
The setting, like most of the stops, was the local civic center. We arrived an hour early, and I am glad we did. We were about twentieth in line and within thirty minutes the line snaked around the gym, down the hall and out the door to the parking lot. I am lousy at crowd estimating, but if I were told a thousand people came, I would not be surprised in the least.
While we waited, I was pleased to see just how many kids were there, and they all had on their jerseys, but the best was seeing those tykes in their Eddie Mac and Terrell Davis size-2 jerseys. These kids had diehard fans for parents who had handed down the jerseys from when they were kids.
Ben Garland, Malik Jackson and Virgil Greene were on hand and Emily G. and Katie represented the Cheerleader squad. Our players seemed genuinely glad to be there and meet with their fans. I took an opportunity to shake their hands, let them know that these tours were a fabulous treat for the fans and just how proud I was of their performance last season. And, no, the players do not read fan based blogs.
As for the cheerleaders, they were quite fetching in their uniforms. Under the baleful eye of Mrs. Whorfin, I chose to severely limit my conversation with them.
On the whole, this lifelong Broncoholic found the experience electrifying, and I would highly recommend attending an event near you. If you do go, GO EARLY! As I said, we were at the front of the line, and we got back in the car at 11:30, half way through their schedule. There is no way on God’s green earth everyone in that line got to meet the players.