Actually, I really don’t; not even close. I despise everything about that team, including their bandwagon fans. I cower at the thought of even saying Broncos and love in the same sentence. My hatred has grown stronger for the orange donkeys in recent years. Many would say they dislike the Oakland Raiders the most, however my disgust is for the Denver Broncos.
The Raiders have always been one of the most hated teams in the NFL and to most San Diego Charger fans, yet I loathe the Broncos ever since I could remember. I’m a little too young to have witnessed the ‘Holy Roller’ game, but I do remember the meltdown game a few years ago – the Chargers led at halftime 24-0, but ended up losing the game to their putrid rivals. I remember being at the bar, sitting on my stool, red in the face with the aggravation of orange and blue donkey fans screaming at me from across the building saying, “Chargers suck”. It’s only a game they say, but to me it’s pure war.
I’m not sure if it is the attitude most Denver fans have that their team is the best in the NFL, or that in recent years more and more fans jumped on the donkey bandwagon. I just can’t stand any of it or any of them. I can’t stand the insulting Philip Rivers’ memes or how the fans mock the San Diego Chargers. It makes my blood boil. Have you heard recently that the Denver Broncos are the new “America’s Team”? Ever since good old golden boy, Peyton Manning, stepped on the field of Mile High Stadium, fans across the nation have jumped on board. I can’t even count how many fans I have encountered that only cheer for the Broncos because of the fact that fat forehead Manning is now the quarterback. Quite frankly, I just want to push them all off the old squeaky carriage. I thought the Dallas Cowboy fans were bad, but the Bronco fans take the cake.
Does everyone remember watching last year’s Super Bowl game? I do, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Grinning from cheek to cheek, as the Seattle Seahawks demolished and embarrassed the Broncos in front of millions of viewers in the biggest football game of the year. Yet, that satisfaction doesn’t even compare to the two divisional matchups every season between the Chargers. I want the Broncos to lose every game they play and I want their fans to sulk in misery because of it.
Are the Broncos a good team? Sure, but I don’t care. I don’t care that their fans will always reference back to a Super Bowl ring from the late 90’s or that they claim to have the best offense in the league. I have even sworn to not even acknowledge the ugly blue and orange jersey wearing fans found outside their filthy barns. I don’t want anything to do with the Denver Broncos other than seeing a W in the win column after a Thursday Night Football game – or in any other games played between the two. This isn’t one of the better games to see this year, it is the game. This the ultimate duel between two rival teams and their fans. I’m a diehard Charger fan, bleeding blue and gold that will never like the Broncos or their bandwagon fans.
After a 2012 offseason free agency spending spree of sorts, how much money was left to re-sign the players that were already Chargers? ( I’ll be touching on the need to re-sign Butler in the near future) The players that it would make sense to lock up? I had been on record multiple times talking about how I thought that the Chargers should have locked up Louis Vasquez for the long haul during the 2012 season. Knowing that he was a poor run blocker, I was hoping that portion of his game would improve. But his run blocking leaves a lot to be desired. He is not successful at getting to the second level. Yet, despite his flaws, I was calling for his re-signing for one reason, and one reason only.
The Chargers were looking at the possibility of having to replace four out of five offensive linemen during the 2013 offseason. That kind of task seemed fairly daunting, to say the least.
But I fell into the trap of wanting to keep a player for the wrong reason. For that I am guilty.
The Denver Broncos paid above the premium for Vasquez. They had obvious reasons for signing him and it is fair to assume that the Broncos will be passing the ball quite frequently in ’13.
The bottom line is that despite having an already dire need on the offensive line at multiple positions, Tom Telesco was not willing to overpay for a guy that was not destined to remain America’s finest city. He was replaceable and I was a little bit late to the party.
Were you, or are you still, one of the people who fell into the same trap? As football fans, we are allowed to change our minds. We are prone to making poor decisions, at times. But the fact of the matter is that Vasquez is gone and he is now a Donkey. Let it go. I did a day or two after his signing with the Denver. You should too.
Thanks a lot for reading.