On Monday, Mile High Report presented Broncos Country with a March Madness-style bracket and asked you to vote for your favorite media personalities. The response was incredible. In all, 3,345 people responded to the Survey Monkey poll that recorded the selections. Some of the outcomes were predictable (sorry Dan Fouts, but we all knew the shellacking was coming) and other yielded big surprises. Without further ado, let's dive into the results.
FORMER BRONCOS PLAYERS & GAME BROADCASTERS REGION
There were no surprises here. Broncos Country showed the kind of love for their own that anyone would have expected. Dave Logan crushed Boomer Esiason. Ed McCaffrey killed Al Michaels. Mark Schlereth laid the stink on Jon Gruden. Brandon Stokley immaculately deflected Mike Tirico. Alfred Williams trounced Ian Eagle. Not even the National Guard could have saved Chris Collingsworth from Shannon Sharpe... and Terrell Davis? He had the largest margin of victory in this bracket against Dan Fouts. The only matchup in this region that did not include a former Bronco featured Kevin Harlan and Jim Nantz, which Nantz won soundly.
FORMER NFL PLAYERS REGION
There weren't many surprises in this region. Tony Dungy smoked Merril Hoge. Phil Simms went down to Nate Burleson. Steve Young beat out Marshall Faulk. Tony Gonzalez cashed in on the good will he got by picking the Broncos to win Super Bowl 50 and beat Trent Dilfer. Kurt Warner embarrassed LaDainian Tomlinson. Mike Mayock beat Rodney Harrision. Randy Moss edged Michael Irvin. Deion Sanders crushed Heath Evans. Needless to say, Monday was not a good day for former Chargers.
LOCAL DENVER MEDIA REGION
The Local Denver Media Region is where things got interesting. Everyone seems to have their favorites and I was more than a little surprised that not everyone agrees... which is why this is so much fun. The Godfather of Denver Sports, Woody Paige, made quick work of Eric Goodman. Troy Renck clobbered Sandy Clough. D-Mac lost to Les Shapiro. Vic Lombardi smited Cecil Lammey. Mark Kiszla bested Benjamin Allbright. Andrew Mason destroyed the Mile High Mustache, Ron Zappolo. Nicki Jhabavala eventually fell to Mike Evans (again, my humble apologies for misspelling your first name).
It was in this region that the upset of the century occurred. Not only did Mike Klis lose to Brandon Perna, but he lost by 2:1 margin. How does a YouTube celebrity unseat the go-to beat reporter for the Denver Broncos? Incredible. Ladies and gentleman, Brandon Perna could be this year's Cinderella.
NATIONAL PERSONALITIES REGION
Contenders in this region with local Denver ties did exceptionally well while the bigger names coasted to victory. Rich Eisen walloped Brian Billick. The battle RedZone hosts went to Andrew Siciliano. Ian Rapoport's reporting proved to be too much for Chris Berman's shtick. Lindsay Jones crushed Mike Florio. Trey Wingo bested colleague Suzy Kolber. Peter King smoked Albert Breer. Steve Mariucci creamed Jason LaCanfora. ...and hometown favorite, Adam Schefter dismantled Jeff Legwold.
So there you have it, folks! Round one is in the books. How does the bracket look going into round two? Let's take a look.
Voting for round two opens on Monday, February 27th at 5:00am MT. Good luck to the remaining contenders!