LAMENTS OF A DENVER BRONCOS FAN

BY LUIGUI BARRAGAN

Picture from Charlie Riedel, Associated Press

I’m bummed, naturally, that the Denver Broncos were bounced by the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of this year’s NFL playoffs.  This wasn’t how I envisioned it at all.  Especially not after the Broncos closed out the season with eleven straight victories and finished a-top the American Football Conference.  They were supposed to ride this wave all the way to New Orleans and Super Bowl XLVII.  This was their year, or so I thought.  And with Peyton Manning at the helm, coming back from his fourth neck surgery, proving that he is still one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game.   It was not supposed to end for them on Saturday night, but it did.  One and done.  So much for the expectations, the Super Bowl dreams.  So much for the number one seed, so much for home field advantage in the playoffs.

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NOT QUITE YET RIPE ENOUGH FOR REDEMPTION

BY LUIGUI BARRAGAN
Picture by Tom Gannam / The Associated Press

The field at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida remained damp from the on again-off again showers of this Sunday afternoon in Mid-October.

The inclement weather meant the players wore longer cleats to improve their traction on the grass, made slick by the rain. By the time St. Louis Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein came out to attempt his fifth field goal of the game, the field had already been torn into for more than three hours and now bore the scars of a football game that came down to one final play. Continue Reading →