For the first time on Sunday, I’ll see the Denver Broncos play in a stadium not named Mile High.
Despite the fact the team sucks, I’m stoked beyond belief. To get my wife to feel the same, however, has been a bit of a battle; especially now that Trevor Siemian is the starting quarterback again. She can’t get over the fact the Broncos are 3-8 and in a historic seven-game losing streak. She can’t get over the fact that Denver sucks.
On the recent Mile High Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and I listed off reasons for my wife and all of Broncos Country to cheer on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. And it has nothing to do with the Broncos winning in Miami because #EmbraceTheTank. We already gave fans the five reasons to keep watching Denver the rest of the season, so this is more specific to Sunday.
The #Broncos have issues at the top, they have issues at the bottom. They are a franchise in desperate need of leadership at the top (an owner), as @AdamMalnati16 & I dig into on the @MileHighReport Radio Podcast. https://t.co/uPuZiMYMRv— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) November 29, 2017
The first is the history of the organization. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid, so that’s easy for me. It’s harder for my wife who married into it, but I think she gets it. All of the good moments in Denver’s history make up for how awful this one is. And it’s still the Broncos.
Von Miller is 1.5 sacks shy of becoming the first player in team history to have six, 10-sack seasons. Miller would top Broncos Ring of Famer Simon Fletcher, who has five, 10-sack seasons. Sunday also marks Miller’s 100th regular season game in the NFL. As it stands now, he has the fourth-most sacks (82) in the first 100 games of a career (since 1982).
The other reason to cheer is Demaryius Thomas. There are few players in Denver history who evoke such a wide range of emotion in fans, and that’s in just one game. But there’s no denying the imprint Thomas has left on the organization. He can do the same again on Sunday against the Dolphins. Thomas needs one receiving touchdown to pass Shannon Sharpe for second place on the Broncos’ all-time list behind Rod Smith (68). He also needs 85 yards receiving to pass Sharpe (8,439) for second on the franchise’s all-time list.
I think this list helped my wife and she’s able to get over the suckiness of the team. Hopefully it helps Broncos Country too. It’s not every day you get see the team you’ve rooted for in a “new” place and stadium.