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Published on 07/15/2010 at Thu Jul 15 10:50.
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The Motherland

My pilgrimage to Mecca begins on Tuesday August 17th. Delta Airlines will be flying me to the Mile High City. With the exception of once as a very young child and a couple of layovers, I have never been to Denver, let alone Colorado. You can imagine how estatic I am to spend four days watching my favorite sports team/thing in life, while being in the city they call home. Scattered throughout this article you will find random facts about Denver.

FACT: Denver International is the nation’s largest airport at 53 square miles, it could hold both Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare Airports combined.

In order to prepare for the epic event, I am preparing a checklist of things to do while in Denver/Englewood.

1. Check on the status of Kyle Orton’s neckbeard.

Is the neckbeard good or bad luck? I just don’t know. What I do know is that I dig the rugged lumberjack look on my QB. Is Orton feeling a little more comfortable in his second year?


Time to let your true colors show Kyle. I think I see some red in there or whatever that color is.

2. John Elway Watch

I am sick and tired of Favre Watch every summer. In light of John Elway’s new relationship with the Broncos I declare Elway Watch during this year’s training camp. Are we gonna see this legendary man showing Tim Tebow a thing or two? Perhaps just a nice little stroll around the field will suffice. All I know is that I’m staying well hydrated so I don’t faint if I see Elway. FACT: Denver has 300 days of bright sunshine a year, more than San Diego or Miami Beach. Take that Brandon Marshall and Phil Rivers!

3. Get a rookie hair cut.

Who wouldn’t want to look like Friar Tuck’s and Terry Bradshaw’s love child?

Just when I thought Tim Tebow could look any better. I’m very excited to see how that willl unfold. I think Demaryius Thomas is in the clear however.

4. Observe the inter-SEC relationships

The Broncos roster has four Gators, two Georgia Bulldogs, two Mississippi State Bulldogs, two Volunteers, two Rebels, one Wildcat, and one LSU Tiger. It will be quite interesting to see the way they interact and jaw with each other. I’m sure Tim Tebow doesn’t have to remind Knowshon of all the defeats Georgia suffered during his tenure. Time heals all wounds and I have no doubt that it will all be in good fun, but will Knowshon Moreno drink the Gatorade?

5. Hug Ronald Fields

That’s right big boy, I’m coming after you. I mean the man is over 300 pounds. Can you imagine just how awesome would a picture it would be? FACT: Denver is the nation’s most highly educated city with the highest percentage of high school and college graduates.

6. Get a shirtless picture with Brady Quinn

I have a feeling there will be plenty of these opportunities.

7. Spend a ridiculous amount at the fan shop.

I mean why not? I can get all sorts of Broncos items, socks, coffee mugs, iPod cases, clocks, scarfs, etc… you name it I’ll buy it. Don’t you dare judge me either! I know a ton of you must have random Bronco memorabilia. I wonder if they have any Cutler jerseys still available.

What did I miss? Anything you’d like to see? Help me compile the rest of this list. I’m sure it will make for an interesting post after training camp.

  • Ernie Krauth

    Welcome to the Broncos Country. There is nothing like in the world!!!

  • dogheadbrew

    Not really a “Broncos” thing, but have breakfast or lunch at The Perfect Landing in Centennial Airport (right next to dove valley). Close, great food, fun to watch expensive private and corporate jets taxi about. And you can probably dig up a surprising fact about the airport. I could be wrong, but I believe that Centennial is in the top ten in the nation for jet touch downs.

  • JustinDBaby

    I agree with dogheadbrew, The Perfect Landing is a must visit. and Centennial Airport is actually the second busiest general aviation airport in the United States in terms of take offs and landings.

  • waylon

    Two words… Casa Bonita!

    Greatest place ever! And it's not far from Invesco. Just bring some rolaids and make sure to lock the car.

  • areferee

    The “Motherland” bids you welcome. What kept ya, Lad?

    If Denver and the Broncos are at the heart, don't miss the other parts of this remarkable Lady while you're here.

    Go to “LODO” (lower downtown) for a taste of the night life. It is the nightlife-blood of Denver. Follow your nose.

    The eyes and lungs of Broncoland await…go west, young man. The Rocky Mountains are too close to let you pass. Just head west on I-70. They speak Bronco everywhere you go.

    You may not have time for more on this go-round…but then again Mr. East…you may never go home again…I didn't.

    In Colorado by choice…

  • dogheadbrew

    You MUST go there too. Cliff divers are not to be missed. You're too late to enjoy the sopapilla flags though.

  • Cyberspread

    This is a remarkable place, with remarkable fans.

  • Roy88

    I haven't been there in years. Did they do away with the flags?

  • Goliathslayer

    Born and raised and after 49 years, I'm still in awe of the City and the State. Colorado IS football! We love our Boncos so much that we bleed orange & blue. Boulder on a Saturday when the CU Buffs are at home is an event all its own. And Fort Collins is the same when the CSU Rams season starts. And then there's the pageantry of an Air Force Falcons game!

  • MrEast

    Wait… that place is real?

  • Troy Dunn

    Oh, it's for real. Your kid will love it but the food is terrible.

  • MrEast

    I will never doubt South Park again.

  • dogheadbrew

    Yep, flags are gone. At least as of five years ago they were. Cliff divers and strange rat hole maze of damp poorly lit caves are still rockin though.

    Another random fact, the Bonita is (or was) owned by the same family as Coyote Cantina in Johnson's Ferry (just south of Buena Vista), and has some of the best Reyenos Gringos and Margaritas in Colorado. At least after a day or five in the on the River or Mt Harvard, it's pretty awesome.

    Oh, and Falling Rock near Coors Field is the best place to experience Colorado beer culture. Visiting Great Divide wouldn't be a bad idea either.

  • Big_Pete

    agreed. The food is just awful, but the atmosphere is good.

  • Triston27

    There's nothing like an Air Force game. Especially when they're playing another service academy.

  • Triston27

    Good point about the beer culture. Doesn't get any better than Denver or Colorado as a whole when it comes to craft brew.

  • Josh Temple

    Cheese enchilada and the sopapillas are the only thing I'll touch, but it's a good time. Imagine a festive 1950s Tiajuana.

  • Josh Temple

    Be careful of #7 on that list, I'm pretty sure my cousin had to take out a 2nd mortgage after a recent visit.

  • herc_rock

    It's also high on the “crashes per takeoff/landing” list due to the the insane wind gusts.

  • herc_rock

    I seem to recall the fan shop at Dove Valley kind of sucking (except that you can get gear that actually has “Dove Valley” printed on it).

    Head over to New Mile High and hit the team store there.

  • herc_rock

    Where are you staying, East?

  • OldcoachB

    Mr. East Welcome. am a native if you really want a list of great things to do while your here let me know there are numerous thing that could be accomplished even between practices at dove valley The centennial airport is a good call, but you cant come to the mile high city without a trip to the mountains there are lots of good day trips for single practice days. Bring sun screen high altitude sun burns are a b@#$%

  • mikebirty

    who has to be shirtless? you or quinn? or both?

  • Charles Mildenberg

    I agree with The Perfect Landing. I've been a few times & have seen Pat Bowlen there twice. Elways & Shanahans restaurants both have great memorabilia items to check out and Shanahans has no lack of talent working at the front (if you're picking up what I'm putting down). I’ve never done it myself but a tour of Mile High (I hate Invesco) has to be pretty sweet. Link for info.

    Non-Broncos related: Def go to LoDo. Hit up the RIO on Blake for a couple Margs, at least walk past Coors Field & on the way stop by The Sports Column (Also on Blake) and hit the upstairs patio. After that take the free shuttles up and down 16th st to check out the city.

    Last I would just say be mindful of bikersrunners as I often bikerun right past Dove Valley & it would be a shame to kill a fellow Bronco fan.

  • Anthony33

    Food is beyond terrible. They were actually accused of using dog food several years ago. Not sure what actually came of it, but yes, the food is horrid.

  • anthony33

    Another palce to check out, preferably on a weekend night, is a place called Little Bear located in Evergreen. Great time!

  • MrEast

    I don't know off the top of my head, I will have to dig up the email.

  • MrEast

    Preferably both, but just Quinn will do.

  • MrEast

    I don't know off the top of my head, I will have to dig up the email.

  • MrEast

    Preferably both, but just Quinn will do.