Good morning, Broncos Country!
There isn’t much to get excited about these days. That’s especially true in the wide world of sports.
We’re about to enter Month Four of no major sports in the U.S due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, there is hope MLB, the NBA and NHL can make good on their return-to-play-plans. But until that happens, we just don’t know. Any expectation is based on hope.
In terms of the NFL, the plan for training camps to open in late July is still on. The same is not the case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony and Hall of Fame game in early August. Yet the disappointment of not seeing Denver Broncos legend Steve Atwater get inducted gives life to some excitement. And it’s pretty damn exciting.
Canton could be twice the fun in 2021. @SteveAtwater27 | @ProFootballHOF pic.twitter.com/ftixgWUdro— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 25, 2020
The 2020 ceremony is postponed until 2021. Well, that’s the first year of eligibility for one Peyton Manning. Despite his four years in Denver with the Broncos, even that won’t keep PFM from being a lock as unanimous first-year inductee. Since there is still confusion over this, unlike with baseball, those inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame don’t pick a helmet. So in Manning’s case, both the Indianapolis Colts and Broncos will be represented on his plaque.
That means both PFM and the Smiling Assassin will get inducted at the same time.
I joked on the Twitter machine that my future plans now include a flight to Chicago to meet up with Adam Malnati and a drive to Canton for a Broncos Country party at the Hall of Fame.
The only way this could get better is if Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar (finally) gets his place in the Hall of Fame, leading to a Denver hat trick in Canton.
Since there’s not much to get excited about these days, this more than makes up for it.
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