Dear Broncos Fans,
I owe you an apology. A really big one.
You see, I’m not a Colorado native. I’m a Texas girl, and I grew up watching the Cowboys with my dad on Sunday afternoons. I’m learning to like orange and blue, and I even own a Broncos t-shirt. (Notice that is singular, but I plan on buying a new one for the Super Bowl).
I tell you this so you’ll understand that, despite the huge mistake I made, I am really trying to join the Broncos Nation now. I promise!
Before moving to Greeley back in 2007, my husband and I visited your beautiful state for job interviews and to look for housing. We spotted a Texas Roadhouse and just couldn’t resist dining in a familiar restaurant.
Someone who really loves your team painted a mural in the front of the Greeley Texas Roadhouse, and it’s a big mural. In case you haven’t seen it, the mural covers the entire wall in the waiting area near the entrance to the restaurant. There are three big, tough guys on this mural, and they looked somewhat familiar to me.
While we were waiting on our table at Roadhouse, I stared at the mural for a while to try to figure out how I knew these guys. The one in the middle looked especially familiar.
Then, it hit me. Of course! It was Troy Aikman, the famous quarterback from the years I was watching the Cowboys play back in the 1990’s. I was so proud of my recognition skills that I loudly announced to my husband (and apparently many of the other patrons in the restaurant), “Hey! It’s Troy Aikman! Why is he on a painting in Greeley?”
I should have known when my husband shushed me with ninja-like speed and several people around me choked on their complimentary peanuts that I made a huge mistake, but I didn’t realize how grave it was until later.
“Mel! That’s John Elway!” Dustin whispered while looking around to make sure his potential employers weren’t in the crowd to hear his wife’s public insult. “He’s like Colorado royalty!”
I gulped and stared down at my shoes for a while in hopes we wouldn’t be kicked out of the restaurant. Who knew? Both quarterbacks have nicely chiseled jawlines and really could be identical twins, right?
So, Broncos fans, now that I have lived here for almost 7 years and understand how passionate you all are about your football, I understand why that was such a big deal. I can now recognize Elway and of course Peyton Manning, and I’m working on learning a few other players in time for the Super Bowl.
I think I may even make some flash cards and some sort of Guess Who? game with the players’ faces so I can be slightly more proficient in my Broncos knowledge for the future. I’ll even add John Elway in there for good measure.
Please accept my deepest condolences.
Your Newest Fan