Last month, we ripped a hole in the new bag policy at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, pointing out that Denver Broncos fans are in for a few surprises when they get to the gates in September. "The team adopted a new security policy this year — one that the NFL is encouraging all of its teams to implement," we wrote. "It essentially keeps guests from carrying any kind of bag at all. That means you'll need to Velcro your hats, gloves, scarves, extra jackets, sandwiches, blankets, cardboard signs, water bottles and foam fingers to your body. In other words, the terrorists have won at Mile High."
In "Ten things the Denver Broncos won't let you bring to Sports Authority Field this year," which ran on the Latest Word blog, we broke down what fans can and can't bring to the field. The do-not-carry list includes coolers, backpacks of any kind, luggage, computer bags, camera bags, cinch bags, large purses, briefcases, fanny packs and, most painfully (literally), seat cushions. Because your ass could be used as a weapon.
The "changes are intended to provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into stadiums," the Broncos said in a statement.
On the acceptable list: bags made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that don't exceed twelve inches by six inches by twelve inches (about the size of a lunchbox); one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags; small clutch bags; medically necessary items (after proper inspection).
Coincidentally, the NFL and the Broncos sell those acceptable clear plastic bags — complete with the team logo — online. But last week, the Broncos told season-ticket holders that they will each receive "a complimentary clear Broncos bag for use on game days that meets all of the NFL's new guidelines.
"The bags have been ordered, and we are making every effort to get them into your hands as soon as possible," the team promised.
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Which we will admit was a nice gesture, even if it comes a little late. And while the bags will make it harder for season-ticket holders to tote their predominantly orange machetes on Raiders day, free logo swag will always go a long way toward keeping Denver fans happy.
Crash landing: When Amelia Earhart, a weather and traffic reporter and occasional anchor at KUSA 9 News, decided to re-create the original Amelia Earhart's 1937 attempt to fly around the world, she knew she'd get attention — but with that attention came increased scrutiny of her alleged connection to the famous pilot, as we reported in last week's Off Limits. The ride got pretty bumpy, and on Friday, August 9, Denver's Amelia Earhart posted this on her 9News profile:
"It's been an interesting 24 hours, and I've learned some new things about my family that I think are important to share with all of you. Years ago, I hired a genealogist to look into the link between myself and the first Amelia Earhart, and for the past 10 years, I had the understanding that we shared a distant common ancestry. As many of you may know, I am in the process of recreating her historic flight around the world. As a part of this process, it became clear it was time to determine the EXACT connection between the two of us. After hiring a team of researchers, I learned today that though we share a name and a love of flight, the first Amelia Earhart and I are not from the same family. While the news was surprising, it doesn't change my commitment to the mission or to the mission of my foundation, which is to enable young girls to pursue their dreams of flight. I am so thankful for all the encouragement and support I have received, and I am really looking forward to sharing my recreation of Amelia's flight around the world with all of you." — Amelia
Let's just hope her flight has a happier ending than that of the original Amelia Earhart...