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Published on 11/10/2008 at Mon Nov 10 14:00.
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I must apologize for my long term absence, I’ve made the move from the south, back to New York City and had a hell of a time getting into my apartment which was being built. Onto the words…

Jay Cutler vs. Cleveland Browns

My address has changed, now if you wrote me a letter, you’d be writing Wall Street on the line below my name. This means a lot of things, most good, some bad (my building doesn’t allow Direct-TV, says the dish is ugly), but I did find a lovely bar in the financial district named Beckett’s. Beckett as in Samuel Beckett, I was hoping that the irony of me watching a Bronco game at a bar named after Samuel Beckett ended there…

It didn’t, for some reason there are a whole lot of Cleveland Browns’ fans in downtown New York for some reason. Matter of fact basically everyone who was there to watch football was there to cheer for the Browns. No big deal, I’ve been a Denver fan my whole life and even though I grew up in Wyoming, there seemed to be a whole lot of Cowboys, Raiders and 49ers fans constantly poking and punching throughout the late 80′s and early 90′s. I didn’t really meet any Denver Broncos fans until after they’d won the super bowl, come to think of it.

So, in the bar, I’m polite, I’m quiet, I’m trying to keep the girlfriend awake at halftime. Broncos were down to having no running backs, not a single linebacker from the starting lineup, Brady Quinn was having a wonderful first game ever. After what was most definitely one of the first penalties to actually end up being in the Broncos favor in at least three weeks- a 15-yard catch by Braylon Edwards was negated and a Cleveland drive was stalled.

Down 13, as Cleveland’s punt team took the field, the wonderful director at NFL Network took a very low angle shot of the back of Jay Cutler, as he stared off onto the field. It couldn’t have been written more perfectly, the young heir to Denver’s King John Elway about to unleash an awful flashback on the city of Cleveland. This was epic- a sign of things to come.

Ignoring my own inner Beckett, at that moment I told my girlfriend the story of “The Drive,” which was perfect at the time because of the miserable field position. Immediately at 13:43 in the fourth-quarter- Cutler connected to Eddie Royal on a beautiful 93-yard touchdown. An excitement washed over me, I haven’t had this feeling since Mike Shanahan went for two against San Diego in week-two. I came to consciously, finding myself back inside my body- screaming, standing and beating down on the table.

“You’re going to get us killed, we have to walk out of here later,” my girlfriend said out of the corner of her mouth.

“We’re going to win, screw them!” I may have forgotten to mention that I took to drinking Blue Moon when the Broncos play that day. It’s called Blue Moon, but it’s orange and you garnish it with an orange- I’ve got a thing for metaphors, if you hadn’t noticed.

Of course we all know the outcome by now, I had heard the Fox-31 report stating that Brandon Marshall had a, “Special celebration planned,” and I am grateful that Brandon Stokley was able to curb the plan. Ultimately, Marshall was attempting to make a political statement, that being, that there is hope. A wonderful statement, he was making a statement regarding the entire country, but one can also point at the more important point. There’s hope for Denver as well.

Yes, the Broncos are hurt, they’re battered and bruised, but above all things- these young guns have fight in them. No Champ Bailey, no D.J. Williams, Boss Bailey or Nate Webster, no running backs at all, but Denver has Cutler, Marshall, Tony Scheffler, the Ryan’s Clady/Harris and Royal, Elvis Dumervil, and Peyton Hillis. We even got to witness Dre Bly (once again) at full strength, the guy shines brightest, without Champ (remember last year against the Pittsburgh Steelers?). Even Wesley Woodyard went all Horvil Tiki and had ten tackles last Thursday.

“Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.” from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

As we eye next week at the Atlanta Falcons, we look at a team that is a distorted reflection of Denver. The could-have-beens and the has beens, it’s a given that Michael Turner will have a 60+ yard run. However, what’s scary are the two over-achieving wide receivers and the rookie quarterback that Atlanta employs. The more and more I think about it, Shanahan’s theory going into the season may have been to simply outscore opponents- screw defense. I have a rule in NFL games since 2005 though, AFC wins and it’s been tried and tested. Yes, the AFC may lose occasionally, but not without a huge scare- use last season’s Green Bay/Denver game or this seasons Cinncinnati/Dallas game for example.

No one expected Cleveland to be a bad team in the beginning of the season, no one predicted Atlanta to be a good team in the beginning of the season- certainly no one predicted Denver to be number one in the AFC West going into Week 11. All we’ve got to do now is strap in and enjoy the ride, there are several more games that the Broncos should go onto win over the rest of the season and short of a melt-down, we will see Denver in the playoffs. Sans running backs. Keep in mind that San Diego faces Pittsburgh next week as well, so win or lose- Denver may still be in first place going into Week 12.

I’ll be back in Beckett’s with my Blue Moon this weekend, hoping to get to see the Broncos, ‘Fail better…’

  • sirsam

    Wow, nice post man! I have actually been wondering about where you have been…I’ve actually been checking your Broncos Denver Broncos Blog too. :)

    Anyways, I feel like the win on Thursday was HUGE for this young team, and I think they carry that intensity onto the next game.

    Welcome back!!

  • jdb

    Hey Ian. Welcome back to the city. There’s a group of Broncos fans in Manhattan who watch each game at Butterfield 8 (on 38th at 5th). We get a deal on Blue Moon. You should come by this Sunday.

  • robtink242

    Great post i feel similar here in the Bahamas there to many dolphin fans here thank God for the internet or there be no games for me.

  • Negro Ned

    wow such hi-brow writing for our BroncoTalk. Welcome back

  • T-Money

    The Denver Broncos signed free-agent running back Alex Haynes, coach Mike Shanahan announced on Monday.

  • Ian Henson

    Thanks everyone for the love, T-Money, that announcement should be up soon on the page. I wasn’t too surprised when he was cut from the Ravens this preseason, but he is from the University of Central Florida and we’ve struck gold twice there already.

  • Ian Henson

    jdb- I’d heard the legend and I’d actually watched games down the street at Stout. No love for the Broncos there. How many fans are there?

  • jcampb72

    Just signed RB Haynes….looks to be a bruser…good compliment to P.J. Pope.

  • merc22

    who the heck is Alex Haynes???????????????????? ?_?

  • Ian Henson

    Haynes ranks second all time in rushing touchdowns at UCF, with 27. He’s played for Carolina and Baltimore, Baltimore most recently.

  • jcampb72

    I say we still look at Davenport.

  • E. Halsey Miles

    jdb: I’ll have to remember that if I’m in NYC for a weekend, which is entirely possible though not going to happen this season.

    Tho I am going to spend a Sunday in Nawlins and another Sunday flying out of Nawlins so will miss two upcoming games. Sniff.

  • MikeY55

    of course bly shines when baileys out…. think about it people everyone always wants blys head on a plate buttt you put any corner on the opposite side of champ there gonna look no where near as good as they are because balls will be flying there way all game.. you take champ out bly takes that role in a lesser extent obviously no where near as good as champ but still to be avoided by opposing qbs

  • olen

    When the Broncos play the Falcons they will be playing against two former Broncos . The good thing about having so many new people playing for the Broncos is the former Broncos will not be too familiar with any of the tendencies to use it to their advantage.

  • Horvil Tiki

    Hey guy is welcome back. I is back too after site attacked. The wesly woodard is done ball all kind of people up guy. The woodard the jaime winbord is been play with fire I like see this even if when enemy team score all kind of ponts at least play with fire.

  • Horvil Tiki

    firey blitzed

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  • CB1

    There is a bar in midtown called the Sidebar that is full of Bronco fans on Sunday. The owner sets aside an entire room for us.

  • Ian Henson

    CB1- the one on 15th and Iriving?

  • CB1

    Yeah, on 15th & Irving. Those boys are good fellas. Most of them know all about

  • jdb

    @Ian We’ve got about 25 that come around each week. For the non-national games (e.g., the bolts in week 2) it’s about double. They put the sound on and everything. I’ll be there Sunday.

  • EastIrish

    I always so surprised when I see someone who actually understands Beckett. Great post.