Best Excuse for the Broncos' Ineptitude

Was it simply a coincidence that the 2004 Denver Broncos started careering downhill at roughly the same time that quarterback Jake Plummer let his chin pubes blossom? Yeah -- but the correlation between the team's losing skid and the knot of tangles that took over Plummer's mug was too irresistible to ignore. Talk-radio hosts debated the connection, sportscasters made sarcastic remarks about Grizzly Adams (a pop-culture reference lost on anyone under age forty), and the average fan on the street wondered if a rechargeable Norelco might save another lost season. No doubt everyone will rest easier if, for the 2005 campaign, Plummer has close shaves off the field as well as on.

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