Broncos are keeping the horn blowing this season

Dec 18, 2012 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

I wonder what my neighbors Ron and Jan would think if I copied my brother-in-law?

As long as I can remember, Todd has been a big Denver Broncos fan. But I've never been able to watch a game with him at his home, as son Cody was able to do Sunday when "our Broncos" took those Baltimore Ravens to the woodshed.

After every score, Todd goes to his garage, and gives the string attached to a train horn attached to his air compressor a pull. Once for a field goal, twice for a touchdown. I'm not sure what he does when Denver scores a safety.

The point is, he makes sure the whole neighborhood, and from what Cody's describes, most of north Loveland, Colo., know when Denver scores.

That horn has been pulled a bunch this year, and I'm loving it.

I'm also enjoying the Peyton Manning for MVP discussion, but even more intriguing is whether Manning will be named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year.

Some people argue that regardless of whoever wins the Comeback award, they'll get it wrong because there are two very deserving candidates.

The Viking's Adrian Peterson is well on his way to a 2,000-yard rushing season, and Manning has led the Broncos to the NFL's elite again.

Both have had phenomenal seasons after their careers were in jeopardy just one year ago.

Peterson, just months after having surgery to repair a torn ACL, is now only 294 yards away from eclipsing Eric Dickerson's NFL single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards with two games to play. In this pass-happy era, many felt that Dickerson's record would stand forever.

I hope Peterson gets it, but it won't be easy. The Vikings still have games against the Texans and the Packers.

And how good does John Elway look? In the off-season, he pursued and signed one of the best quarterbacks ever in Manning, who is older but survived and flourished after four neck surgeries.

Here's how ESPN reported Manning's fourth neck surgery last year, "Manning had a fourth procedure after his May 23 surgery to fix a bulging disk and before his neck fusion surgery Sept. 9."

Ouch! So, how is he doing what he is doing -- completing 67.9 percent of his passes (a career high) and throwing for more than 4,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns?

Even though Denver will win the AFC West, its remaining games are important. Denver will lose its playoff bye week if it loses one of its last two games against Cleveland or Kansas City, both at home, and New England wins its last two games.

Let's hope the train horn in Colorado sounds often.

And, I just checked on eBay. A triple-trumpet, chrome, electric air train horn can be had for less than $100.

So, if a train horn comes to Riverton, I wonder if Ron and Jan, both Packers fans, would start firing cheese balls at our house when Green Bay scores?

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and we'll see you in 2013.

Have a great sports week. Go Big Red!

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