Posted Fri Feb 5th by Monty
Our call for help received a great response, and we’ll be publishing certain pieces over the next week or so in our hunt for the next BT Staffer(s). This piece comes via Michael Guirges, an LA-based Denver-born Broncos fan. Give us (and him!) your thoughts in the comments.
The past four years of my Broncos fandom have really got my wheels turning, thinking about Homerism.
What is a homer? Am I a homer? If I am, is that okay?
I remember when Jake Plummer, just a few short months after the AFC Championship game was replaced by Jay Cutler. I was happy. I thought that it gave the team its best chance to win. Now that I think about it, that is what Coach Shanahan said…
Or how about when the Broncos signed Travis Henry? That was great right? “Boy”, I remember thinking, “he’s a top back in this league. This should take us over the top.” If I only knew then what I know now. I don’t even really want to talk about it. Shanahan (I?) was wrong about Travis Henry too.
What about Brandon Marshall though? Yeah, they compare him to Terrell Owens, baby TO they call him. The similarities are pretty staggering right? Both are huge targets, that despite a lack of after-burner speed, always seem to be open. Both are fun to watch after the catch.
But that’s were the similarities stop…Brandon is a good kid, with a good head on his shoulders. He’s humble. He doesn’t get into trouble. Plus he has quite the relationship with Jay! (May I mention how much I love that Jay Cutler is my team’s quarterback!?) That girl’s lying! Yeah I bought that too….even though it goes against everything I know about NFL wide receivers…except for Larry Fitzgerald…but then again I thought that about Marvin Harrison before he turned into Harrison Ford…
I was…lets just say….excited, when Mike was let go. I was sad, but excited. I bought into Josh McDaniels. I fell for Coach in the worst way after 6-0. You see, you don’t need a great quarterback if you have a great system! (Although “Jay who?” is still a prevalent thought that crosses by mind until now…but come to think of it, that’s a pretty homeric thing to think too isn’t it?) I branded him a champion….the greatest young coach who ever lived! We were going to win it all…undefeated season; retribution for Josh’s oh-so-close call only two years before!
Now as I sit here I realize that I am a homer. I believed everything that I was told. That’s really what being a homer is all about right? I didn’t question authority, and I believed everything the people running the team were saying.
I have cheered on the team no matter what has happened. Even after losing to the mighty, Alex Smith led 49ers (I could barely finish typing that…) on New Year’s Eve 2006; even after we kept kicking it to Devin Hester in 2007. Of course there’s “The Collapse” in 2008 and most recently the “Collapse part Deux” in 2009.
So is the “Collapse part Deux” the straw that broke the camel’s back? Have I given up on the Broncos forever? Am I simply relegating myself to writing on a blog while looking down at all the homers and laughing at the readers because, well, you guys are all homers?
Actually, not at all. I still think Josh is the answer. I still think we will have a great defense and offense. I actually believe we will be able to sign Dumervil and Marshall and Kyle and every single big name free agent that is obviously dying to play for the Broncos….
Yeah, you know why?
Because my name is Michael, and I am a Broncos homer.