Which Team Should Broncos Fans Support in the Super Bowl?


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1. Tom Brady

Brady is the most likable and hate-able athlete. He's got it all: four championship rings, three MVP awards and a supermodel wife. For Patriots fans, that just adds to his luster. For the vast majority of NFL fans that don't support and even actively despise the Patriots, Brady is nothing more than an arrogant scoundrel.
2. Cheating allegations

Speaking of scoundrels, many still accuse the Patriots of cheating, basing their allegations on Spygate and Deflategate. And just the other day, an employee of a Pittsburgh television channel snuck in a clever description of Brady, as seen in the video above. The employee was promptly fired, but it must've been worth it.

3. Classless fans

Boston/New England sports fans are the worst. They're smug, obnoxious and have experienced far too much winning in their lives. A Patriots loss ensures that New England sports fans will shut least for a few months, until the Celtics win an NBA championship.

4. Broncos rival

Broncos fans ought to take a stand against one of the team's biggest rivals. The Broncos and Patriots have been duking it out since 1960. After Brady took over as quarterback in New England and started to dominate the AFC, the Broncos didn't win a Super Bowl for more than ten years. They finally broke through in January 2016, when the team knocked the Pats out of the playoffs.

On to the Rams...


1. Mile High connection

Rams owner Stan Kroenke also owns the Nuggets, among other Denver-based teams. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips served as the Broncos defensive coordinator during the Super Bowl-winning 2015-’16 season. And running back C.J. Anderson and cornerback Aqib Talib both played on that same championship team.

2. Not the Patriots

The Rams are not the Patriots. That instantly upgrades the team's appeal.

This season, Rams head coach Sean McVay has been lobbying his players to go by his slogan "The standard is the standard," even though it's clear that no one understands what he's talking about. But props to McVay for getting all of his players to buy into a saying that makes zero sense.


1. No real fans

The Rams returned to Los Angeles in 2016 after a twenty-year-plus stint in St. Louis, and it's just not the same. St. Louis may not have the bright lights of L.A., but at least the fans there were die-hard. Now, fair-weather L.A. fans are hopping on the Rams bandwagon, which they'll be quick to abandon after the team has a losing season.

2. Increased Sean McVay propaganda

McVay is being widely hailed as a genius. This is great for McVay, because he is a truly special head coach. But now sports fans have to hear nonstop rumors about McVay protégés as coaching candidates. There's an ongoing joke that anyone who has ever had a beer with McVay or shaken his hand is a viable head-coaching candidate. Smh...

3. The NFC Championship Game robbery

New Orleans Saints season ticket holders are suing the NFL, and for good reason. The team was robbed by a missed call on a blatant pass interference in the NFC championship game. Yes, it's never about just one play. But if they had gotten that call, the Saints would be playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday. That's a tough pill to swallow.

And now, our recommendation:

Journalists are supposed to be balanced — hence our list of pros and cons for both teams. But, no, there are not very fine people on both sides.

All Broncos fans should wholeheartedly be rooting for a Patriots loss and a Rams victory. Even if you don't love the Rams, please, just don't root for the Patriots. We can't sit through another off-season of endless praise for Tom Brady. 
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Conor McCormick-Cavanagh is a staff writer at Westword, where he covers a range of beats, including local politics, immigration and homelessness. He previously worked as a journalist in Tunisia and loves to talk New York sports.