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Super Sports Sunday in the Mile-High City

10/11/09 in General Sports   |   jasonwrites   |   1563 respect

Today is undoubtedly one of the most historic days in the sports history of Denver, Colorado.

First, at 2:15 local time (4:15 EST) at Invesco Field, the Denver Broncos kickoff against the always formidable New England Patriots. The Broncos are a surprising 4-0 after beginning the season with most media pundits predicting double-digit losses this season. They knocked off a good Dallas team last week, and began the season with a near-miraculous deflected pass that fell into the hands of Brandon Stokely who galloped downfield for the winning touchdown to defeat a Cincinnati Bengals team that has since proven to be better than expected themselves, after today's defeat of the Ravens.

Then at 8:07 local time, we will finally have the first pitch of NLDS Game 3 as the Philadelphia Phillies face off with the Colorado Rockies in a series tied 1-1. Tonight's winner will be just one more win away from victory in the series and heading to face the L.A. Dodgers in the NLCS. Game 3 was, of course, originally scheduled for Saturday night but was postponed because of light snow and record cold in Denver.

Both the Broncos and Rockies are having surprising seasons, in somewhat opposite ways. The Rockies opened their season with a horrible first two months. Shortly after manager Clint Hurdle was fired and Jim Tracy was promoted to take over on May 27, they fell to their nadir at 20-32 on June 3. All that happened starting the next day was an 11-game winning streak, part of a 17-for-18 winning stretch extending to June 22. By season's end it was much more than a streak, run, or stretch though. Over those last 110 games, from June 4 on, Colorado's record was 72-38: basically 2-out-of-3. That's no fluke. They pulled within one game of the division-leading Dodgers on the next-to-last day of the regular season before eventually settling for the NL Wild Card. Not a bad finish for a team picked by almost everyone to finish no better than 4th in the NL West.

The Broncos, in the meantime, have a flawless record over the first quarter of the season despite extremely low expectations in the face of an abnormally difficult schedule, a new and oft-criticized 32-year-old head coach, trading away a player many felt was a franchise quarterback in the making, and fielding what last year had been an atrocious defense. Yet some fans may have to start begrudgingly acknowledge that Josh McDaniels may have some idea what he's doing, and Kyle Orton, though certainly not possessing the strong arm or overall physical skills of Jay Cutler, may be more efficient at "managing the game," not making stupid mistakes, and leading what is now a strong defensive team to heights no one imagined this year. Even Brandon Marshall is acting like a model citizen these days.

Elsewhere, the Colorado Avalanche, another team with almost zero expectations, are off to a decent 2-1-1 start, and the Denver Nuggets, who came ever so close to upsetting the Lakers and reaching the NBA Finals last year, have begun their preseason play with those Finals being the only goal in mind.

It's a good day, and a great time, to be a sports fan in Denver.

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10/12/09   |   aerockyulhim

Debi_L wrote:
AWESOME article!  The Broncos and the Avs are teams I love to follow, and cheer for so thank you! I have lots to look forward to this year.

Are you really a Canuck fan??

10/11/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

AWESOME article!  The Broncos and the Avs are teams I love to follow, and cheer for so thank you! I have lots to look forward to this year.

10/11/09   |   myrna_ventura   |   1214 respect

Good article Jason and it's good to hear about the the Broco's standing too.  So Denver is a growing sports hub nowadays

10/11/09   |   kokomojo5   |   86 respect

It''ll be great to see the city of Denver hosts multiple world championships. The Denver fans are among the best in the world of sports. I'll cheerfully  congratulate the Denver fans for each championship that's brought home to Denver

10/11/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Good stuff, Jason.  The Rockies are a great story and that'll be a really tough environment for the Phillies to win in tonight... and I'm not even counting the weather.

10/11/09   |   kteacher   |   34393 respect

wrote:
I didn't even realize they were both in the same city! Geez, what a crappy day to be in St. Louis. LOL But now, with the Angels winning their series, there's at least a 25% chance of a Freeway Series this year.

Yep...and the people on the east coast would hate that. lol

10/11/09   |   kteacher   |   34393 respect

Nice!

And  in other news...it was great to be a LA fan yesterday as both the Dodgers and Kings won in St. Louis.

10/11/09   |   mnstar1959   |   376 respect

It looks like Denver is a Hot Sports hub right now