Win or lose, 8 is special. The Denver Broncos and their fan base join the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburg Steelers, and the New England Patriots to their 8th Super Bowl appearance. Although Denver’s record is 2 and 5, with one game yet to be played, it is better to have made it to the Super Bowl with mixed success than to have never even been invited. Currently, there are 13 teams in the NFL who have never raised the coveted Lombardi Trophy. Out of those thirteen teams, 4 have never played in the big game.
As a kid growing up in Colorado in the late 80’s, I experienced so much joy at watching my team play in late January, and even greater pain at those losses to the Giants, Redskins and 49ers. The loss to the Seahawks a few years ago may have been the worst day I have experienced as a fan. However, as I anxiously await the big game looming against the Carolina Panthers, I recall the feeling of the championship runs Johnny and the boys made in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII. I recall how the feeling of total victory washed away the previous heart breaking losses, and I remain hopeful.
There are 4 fan bases who have the misfortune to never know the feeling of “their” team making it the final game of the season. As the saying goes, it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. Win or lose, I feel extremely fortunate to cheer for my team on Sunday, for the 8th time.
By: Miguel Mondragon