Last year, I wrote a blog needling Denver Post editorial page editor Dan Haley about a piece that took what I saw as cheap shots at the Denver Broncos. In response, he challenged me to make a bragging-rights prediction about the team's record that season. I foresaw a 10-6 finish and a loss in the first round of the playoffs, while he figured on an 8-8 mark and no playoff participation -- and we all know how that turned out. Hence, my subsequent item, "The Denver Post's Dan Haley is the Greatest Broncos Prognosticator Ever."
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Will he keep this title for another season? We'll find out. Unlike ESPN's Bill Simmons, who recently, and inexplicably, floated the same digits I did last year (10-6 and a trip to the playoffs), both of us anticipate a season of ineptitude and heartbreak. However, I'm even more negative than he is this time around: Haley thinks the Broncos will go 5-11, while I expect them to wind up 4-12.
I don't want to have to eat shit again this year. So even though it'll be painful to witness, please suck, Broncos. Really suck.