Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Are You a Fan?

by Maggie Sefton


The giant screen on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship last February.


Are you a football fan?  Do you enjoy watching televised  NFL football games on TV?  
I do.  Well, I have to re-phrase that statement somewhat.  I love watching my favorite football team play on TV.  Which team is my favorite?  Well. . .that will be pretty easy to figure out.  I live in Colorado, so the Denver Broncos are my very favorite football team.  They're MY team.


My family (husband and daughters and moi) first moved to Colorado way back in 1988, when my husband accepted a leadership position with  Colorado State University here in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Both my husband and I were Washington Redskins fans even though we'd been living in West Lafayette, Indiana (home of Purdue University) for fifteen years.  Those were the tough years of Washington Redskins football.  We had great quarterbacks in Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer, but the Redskins didn't win much in those days.  That was when we learned how to be Die Hard fans.  Die Hard Fans will cheer for their favorite teams until the very last second. . .or the whistle blows, whichever comes first.  Win, lose, or draw.

So, moving into Colorado and devoted Dyed-in-the-Wool Broncos Country, it took a while for us to switch allegiance to the Denver Broncos.  Our daughter Serena, who was in early junior high then, had already gravitated to the Broncos like all her school friends.  So, she was instrumental in our making that change since she wanted to watch the Broncos on TV and most stations weren't broadcasting Redskins football---of course.  But---what really helped us switch over was the very dramatic quality of the games back then.  John  Elway was the Denver quarterback, and he was one dynamic player.  I still remember how Elway, ball in hand, literally threw himself over the opposing team in order to score a touchdown and win in the Super Bowl game in 1998.

Most of us as Broncos fan didn't expect to ever see such dramatic play again.  But then
football veteran Peyton Manning came to town.  By then, John Elway was the general manager of the Broncos, and he grabbed Peyton Manning as soon as he was available.  Manning had had a terrible neck injury that had pushed him out of football for a while.  Nobody ever thought he would return to Super Bowl greatness again.  But last season, during the February Super Bowl game, Manning went out a winner one more time. 

Grandson Matthew making a play when he was a senior at Lake Braddock H.S. in Northern Virginia a few years ago

 I was actually on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship out in the Caribbean
on that Sunday.  I'd staked out a comfy armchair in the large great room where a huge TV screen dominated one entire wall.  The coffee bar and cafe was nearby and no one lacked for liquid refreshment of their choice.  As well as lots of food.  Servers were actually bringing in hot dogs and all the trimmings.  Desserts were also way too convenient.  Needless to say, we were all having a great time watching last February's Super Bowl.  And that entire audience seemed to be cheering for the Denver Broncos in their win against the Carolina Panthers.  Everyone wanted to see Peyton Manning go out a winner. . .one more time.  :)