America is waking up to the idea that the Broncos don't suck

So I was sitting in an A&W in Virginia on Sunday when I received a text from one of my daughters: The Broncos were tied with the Patriots in overtime. Because my cheap phone isn't Internet-enabled, that meant my only chance of hearing the action was the radio in my rented Kia -- a long shot at best, given my location. But I gave it a try anyhow, and after switching to AM, I set the tuner at the beginning of the dial -- and within seconds, to my shock and excitement, I picked up a broadcast of the game in time to hear the call of Matt Prater booting the winning field goal.

Luck? Sure -- but it was also an indication that members of the national press, who were as filled with doubts about the Broncos 3-0 start as many Coloradans were (me included), are now full-fledged believers. Such attention brings a different kind of pressure, especially considering the looming Monday nighter against dickish Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Then again, there are also plenty of rewards -- like the chance for a fan to celebrate in an A&W parking lot 1,500 miles from home.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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