Let’s face it. Witnessing the Broncos’ 70–20 loss to the Miami Dolphins wasn’t just painful—it was a spectacle worthy of rubbernecking. A car crash of such proportions you can’t help but watch.
It wasn’t just bad; it was history-making bad for the Broncos. For Miami, it was glorious. Breaking or tying 13 franchise records, becoming the first team ever with 10 touchdowns from scrimmage, and the list goes on. The first to gain at least 350 yards through the air and on the ground. A record-tying two players with four touchdowns. And, as a sporty commentator at Mile High Huddle put it, “The Broncos’ defense couldn’t stop a runny nose.”
That brutal loss will forever be known as the metaphorical straw that broke the Broncos’ back…ing from even the most die-hard of the fans, who are sick of losing—something the team has been very good at doing for the last seven years. That’s how long it’s been since Denver had a winning season. They haven’t even made the playoffs since they clinched the Super Bowl 50 trophy (which I’m only mentioning in the Broncos’ defense because the team clearly can’t defend itself), but even that is a distant memory these days.
The pain from the recent record-setting loss, on the other hand, is still fresh as can be. And it’s causing the Denver Broncos to bleed fans clad in orange and blue. After the embarrassing loss to the Dolphins, one fan wearing orange and blue told Fox 31 that he “felt like getting a different shirt on” while another fan said it’s difficult to wear any gear associated with the team.
If you, too, get the “ick” when you think about donning your Broncos gear, perhaps it’s time for you and the team to take a break. Let them work on themselves while you play the field. If they liked your unwavering loyalty, they should have put a ring on it.
Until then, you’re free to enjoy your journey through NFL polyamory. To help you explore what’s out there, we put together a handy guide to some of the city’s best spots to (temporarily?) pledge your allegiance. Pop by on any given Sunday and raise a glass to your free-agent fandom.
Shelby’s Bar & Grill: 519 18th Street, Denver
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With no official Mile High home base, Florida’s Gulf Coast fans sometimes organize meetups at the pirate-themed Dive Inn. Sorry, Denver!
No dedicated bar for this under-represented team, but Tom’s Watch Bar is always a good bet for all things sports. Sorry Again!