It's an indication of Denver's Broncos-craziness that on a day when Patrick Roy blindsided hockey fans everywhere by abruptly resigning as the coach of the Colorado Avalanche and local heroine Missy Franklin continued her Olympics swoon in Rio, the Super Bowl champs' pre-season opener against the Chicago Bears was easily the top local sports story — and maybe the top story, period.
Then again, there's an uncommon amount of intrigue surrounding the squad thanks to the battle for the quarterback position previously held by the now-retired Peyton Manning. The man expected to take the helm was Mark Sanchez, best known for the infamous butt fumble, but he's been locked in an unexpectedly tight competition with second-year pro Trevor Siemian — and top draft pick Paxton Lynch still hasn't been officially ruled out.
Last night's 22-0 Denver win over the Bears in Chi-Town hardly clarified the situation. Sure, Sanchez, who started the game, threw an interception, because that's what he does — but he also hurled a sweet touchdown to Demaryius Thomas and otherwise looked both confident and competent. Then again, Siemian acquitted himself quite well, too, and Lynch hinted at the reasons that John Elway and company see him as the QB of the future.
Granted, the Broncos' defenders were the real stars of the game — the defensive unit impressed mightily even without Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib taking part — and the Bears, under the command of ex-Broncos head coach John Fox, appear to be somewhere in the vicinity of terrible. But the dominating performance still had some fans thinking Denver can win another championship with Sanchez under center.
Not everyone, though. Here are our favorite twenty tweets debating whether Sanchez will be able to put the butt fumble behind him.
When Broncos fans get hype about their season cause Butt Fumble Sanchez through a TD to DT over Callahan, UDFA. pic.twitter.com/VmlB21o4de— A-a-ron (@NtotheWild) August 12, 2016
"Wait, isn't Mark Sanchez butt fumble?" #shitmyboyfriendsays— Marissa Isgreen (@misgreen123) August 12, 2016
I cannot explain the pain I feel seeing Mark Butt-Fumble Sanchez on the field in a #Broncos jersey— Krissi (@KrissiBex) August 12, 2016
I'm so bullish Mark Sanchez it hurts. People just can't get over butt fumble— Aaron Jackson (@ATMcharts) August 12, 2016
@IsaiahShiv I'll take an 80 year old Peyton manning over butt fumble Sanchez. See the light start lynch ASAP— Wyatt Tomchek (@tomchekw) August 12, 2016
If the Broncos defense plays at the exact same level they played at last season/postseason they can win the super bowl with Sanchez at QB..— luke diamond (@Huddle_Radio) August 12, 2016
Broncos are winning and Dirty Sanchez hasn't even butt fumbled yet. Impressive— Tyler (@TylerChaney2) August 12, 2016
Some Denver Broncos fan thinks they're going back to the Super Bowl with Mark Sanchez as QB ROTFLMMFGDAO— Michael Santangelo (@MichaelSantang5) August 12, 2016
Mark Sanchez will never be worth more than the Butt Fumble.— Danny Zuko (@trevormisegades) August 12, 2016
I'm about this Trevor Siemian dude. Definitely preferred over butt-fumble Mark Sanchez— Yonatan (@yonatanaraia) August 12, 2016
Mark Sanchez will win a Super Bowl remember this tweet— Michael Bartner (@Bartnermichael) August 12, 2016
Have the defending champion Broncos found their new sanchise, I mean franchise quarterback?— Matt McGraw (@MSPquickdraw) August 12, 2016
Mark Butt Fumble Sanchezhttps://t.co/zHmVvpkuI5
Mark Sanchez not weak and idk why people say that.....oh I remember the butt fumble.....people only judge you off the negative— Robert J Pettis II (@LadiesLoveBP) August 12, 2016
Sanchez going to go from the butt fumble to the Super Bowl isn't he— The Mayor. (@TheMayorMatt) August 12, 2016
If Peyton manning can win a SuperBowl being trash so can Sanchez— Icepick isaacs (@rance_pick) August 12, 2016
Mark Sanchez will lead the Broncos to a repeat Super Bowl appearance— Noah F (@noahcolef) August 12, 2016
Mark Sanchez-2016 Super Bowl MVP— Cam (@CroseRose24) August 12, 2016
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Not even gonna lie, Sanchez looks solid. Butt it's preseason. (See what I did there)— YT (@domneezy_) August 12, 2016