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It's a great time to be a Broncos fan
Jan 24, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Denver Broncos mania is back.
This is a great time to be a Denver Broncos fan.
Winning will do that.
Having Peyton Manning as the quarterback of your favorite team is the best thing a fan could want. There is no question Manning is the top quarterback in the National Football League.
He had the record-setting 55 touchdown passes in the regular season. I enjoyed seeing Manning set the single season record in person when the Broncos destroyed the Houston Texans.
Yes, I did have to leave church early, but I was in my man cave for the outstanding performance. I would have been crushed if I didn't see the touchdown pass that broke the record.
I haven't missed very many minutes of the great run put on by the Broncos.
I was even lucky enough to see the Denver-Philadelphia game in person. It was my first Broncos game live for almost three years.
In the game I saw, Denver dominated Philadelphia's defense for four quarters. The long drive to Denver and back home was well worth it.
This year isn't the first time I have been a big-time follower of the Denver Broncos. It started back in the fifth-grade when I was a member of the Broncos of the Riverton Junior Football League.
We didn't have the best team in the league by any means, but it felt awesome wearing the Broncos uniform.
My passion for the Broncos has never stopped.
The best thing when I was growing up was watching quarterback John Elway and the big numbers he put up.
There is nothing better for me than spending a Sunday afternoon cheering the Broncos to a victory from the man cave.
A few years ago when I was in the hospital in Salt Lake City, the highlight for me was watching the Broncos in my room.
I remember that year, Denver started off really fast and then faded quickly with quarterback Kyle Orton in charge of the offense.
I would still wear my Broncos shirt everywhere in the hospital. I didn't have any trouble telling people how much I enjoyed the Broncos.
This week, I have brought out my Broncos playoff hat for the special occasion of Denver making the Super Bowl.
The countdown has begun. I can't wait for Sunday, Feb. 2, at 4:30 p.m. I will be in front of a television enjoying all the activities the Super Bowl has to offer.
The Broncos mantra this season is "Finish," according to sports writer Woody Paige, who covers the Denver team for the Denver Post.
That means they must defeat the Seattle Seahawks for a title.
The Seahawks are clearly the best team from the NFC, and the Broncos have proved to be the elite team from the AFC.
The stage is set for New York City to host the most watched game of the year (actually in New Jersey).
One of the big topics is the weather. It could be downright cold for the 4:30 p.m. start, which is 6:30 p.m. there.
The weather is going to be a factor for both teams
The pressure for Manning to bring home a Super Bowl title is at a high level. He should get tested by the best defense the NFL has to offer.
The Broncos have the best offense the league has seen for years.
Usually, I always believe the best defensive team is the favorite.
Not this year. I'm sticking my faith on Manning.
He'll come up big. Denver fans will be on top of the NFL world.
The Broncos are due for a championship.