Say that title three times fast.
Alternate title… “A broken bolt has no volt”
Chargers vs Broncos Playoffs at…
For two weeks I had to listen to folks that know more about football than me tell me not to count out the San Diego Chargers. Granted they are coached by a former Bronco, but I just didn’t believe the hype. Plus I like Phillip Rivers about as much as I like the smell of that Purina dog food plant on I-70 mid-summer.
The Broncos parking lots open 5 hours before the start of each game. That means if you’re mountain folk, you need to wake up and hit the road way to early and be in your car in line by at least 7:30am. If not, you’ll be trying to tailgate on some side street and the homeowners who live there don’t dig on that too much(especially that early). I had no troubles getting up this morning, I was so ready for this game I couldn’t sleep.
Smooth sailing getting a tailgating spot and by the time we headed into the Stadium we were in the perfect mood to see some post-season football 🙂
Was it cold? There were moments of warmth when the sun would pop out of the clouds and for a few minutes I actually felt overdressed. But once the sun went down and the wind kicked up even harder it was cold enough to hang a coat off of ‘ole Elway’s nipples.
In order to have a good time at Mile High you have to seriously learn how to ignore the assholes. I figure a good portion of folks here have had a few more to drink than they should have and once they’ve had too many the dumb ass in them likes to find its way out. I find the older I get the less I like dealing with intoxicated people. I’m not sure where I stand yet with whether folks should be able to smoke weed inside Mile High Stadium but I do feel like people who smoke tend to behave better in public.
I am in no way trying to start a debate here, I’ve just seen enough alcohol infused fights and piles of Pabst Blue Ribbon puke to last a lifetime. With all of that alcohol being consumed have you seen how long the line is to take a leak?
Seriously, you can wait up to 20 minutes or longer to whiz. That’s a LONG 20 minutes if you’re a man over 40…Just say’n.
On the other hand if everyone was high…
The line to whiz would be shorter, but when you got hungry the line for food would be a bitch.
I usually start my blog entries on MLBlogs(here), then when I start to get picture heavy I continue on my other blog as it is designed to show the pictures in full resolution. So with that being that please…
“D” the Ranter
I was explaining to Krista what kind of Quarterback Michael Vick is. I was like the dude can run, he can throw, he can make plays happen when nothing is happening, however he’s just not reliable or likeable.
I like Michael Vick about as much as I like taking my dogs to the Vet.
I noticed I hadn’t heard any smack talk from ANY of my Eagle fan friends?? ..Yeah thought so 🙂
I can’t tell you how much fun the “Peyton Manning Show” has been this season. As a fan, 4-0, Manning with career and record numbers. Witnessing touchdown after touchdown. Yeah it’s a good year to be a season ticket holder.
Today I got a shot of the skydivers from outside the stadium.
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Saints vs Broncos
In the spirit of New Orleans Krista and I stopped at Popeye’s Fried Chicken for a little Cajun feast while we tailgated..
The spicy chicken strips were pretty damn good.
But I figure victory tastes better :)…and doesn’t give you indigestion.
Full moon today.
Not sure if Evan Dalrymple is on vacation but some Country Western guy was singing the National Anthem.
Hey…Nobody rides for free!
Thunder got a workout today.
I learned my lesson about working the next day after a Broncos Sunday night game.
I took Monday off 🙂
Sucks to hear about Joe Mays who fractured his left fibula and is out for an “extended time”.
Manning crushed his thumb on Saints defensive end Martez Wilson’s helmet after a 23 yard pass to Eric Decker. His thumb seemed to be a non-factor for the rest of the game as Manning became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in four consecutive games…WOW!
Broncos are now 4-3 and the rest of the season doesn’t seem so intimidating now huh?
I’m “D” the Ranter…
Football is back in Denver baby!!…Can you feel it?
Broncos vs 49ers (Pre-Season Game 3)
Ahh the football pre-season…It seems real, but sadly like a lot of things in life… it’s not.
This is our second year as Broncos season ticket holders. I skipped both preseason games last year and Krista took the kids each to a game. This year, Krista took Mylee to the Broncos/Bears game and Hunter and I checked out the Broncos/49ers.
Baseball spring training and Football preseason are two totally different entity’s.
For me, baseball spring training is relaxing, not too crowded and it’s fun to wander around the stadiums and the practice fields exploring. Plus that time of year in Arizona the weather is perfect.
The football pre-season…Not so much.
Our first visit to Dove Valley was this year on my birthday and I found it sadly unimpressive. I must admit, I’ve never attending a football preseason workout before so I had nothing to compare it to.
As we heading inside Dove Valley and I got a good look at the joint, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was expecting. I guess maybe a little more frill?
Bronco fans were packed inside like sardines on the sidelines of what looked like a high school football field but nobody seemed to mind. It was blistering hot with very little shade unless you were part of the media. The media had nice shade tents set up along the end zone.
Here’s a few photos from back on Aug 7.
It was fun, Mike the Rox Addict was there as well and I’m sure I’ll be back but not until the novelty of having Manning as our quarterback dies down just a bit.
Anyways, back to Sports Authority Field.
I was shocked that I stumbled across free parking and it was only 4 1/2 blocks from the Broncos stadium…Hell Yeah!!
Tailgating was in full swing, but on a toned down level compared to any regular season game. My mission today was to spend some quality time with my boy, watch some football and practice my photo taking skills so I’m ready to rock on Sept 9th vs the Steelers.(Broncos first regular season game).
So lets roll with a picture show.
Dudes feet were real close to those spot lights.
Manning looking for Demaryius Thomas.
Champ ain’t lett’n go.
Decker just before his TD catch, the football is right next to the horse’s ass. Manning played for less than a quarter and had the Broncos up 17-10.
Caleb Hanie scrambling for the ball.
Broncos led 24-10 at the half. I felt like Manning and most the starters looked pretty good.
That soon changed. Because it’s pre-season I’ll spare you the details and make a long story short.
49ers 29…Broncos 24
I’m “D” the Ranter and one thing is for sure, pre-season games may be a joke but the Rant is serious business this Broncos Season.
Chiefs vs Broncos (1/1/2012)
The Ranter family was highly anticipating this game for several reasons. Firstly this game featured the first ever match-up between Denver’s former Quarterback Kyle Orton and Denver’s new Quarterback Tim Tebow.
The Broncos were just one win away from winning the AFC West and Kyle Orton was on a mission to destroy Denver’s playoff chances, shove a win down Denver fan’s throats, and put on a solid performance as teams that could need a Quarterback next season will be watching his performance closely.
The other reason we were excited was I had recently won a contest sponsored by Bud Light. I won the chance to wear a Bud Light bottle suit and race two other bottles on the field during halftime at this particular game.
In addition Bud light and the Broncos awarded me two tickets to the game and a parking pass. We decided it would be fun to take Mylee and Hunter so they could see their dad dressed up like a beer bottle at halftime. I was stoked and very much looking forward to being able to stand on the Broncos field for the first time. More on this whole experience further into this blog entry…
Here are the kids pre-game. This was their first official Broncos tailgating experience, they’re quick learners.
The weather was decent for tailgating and we spent some time chatting with Andy from Spring training and Hunter and I tossed around the football.
Hunter managed to tell off some KC fans in his own special way.
The Mile High skydivers were in full effect. I wish I could show you all of these photos, they’re really cool.
The big flag.
The coin toss. The coin is in the air next to the cameraman’s shoulder.
A couple of shots of Tebow coming out of the Broncos tunnel.
Here are some game pictures I took in no particular order.
About halfway through the second quarter the folks who were doing the Bud Light race arrived at my seat to take me down to field level. When I arrived at the end of the tunnel field level there were six minutes left before halftime. I was allowed to watch the game from that spot until two minutes were left then it was time to get my bottle suit on. I was given the Bud Light Lime bottle (I had no choice), and about a 30 lb backpack to strap on my back to keep the bottle pumped up.
Then the other bottles and I returned back to the tunnel and waited anxiously for halftime. I’m the white and green bottle.
I had a lot of friends at this game and as competitive as I am I had to win this thing. I had spent several days pondering exactly what I’d do if I won.
In the end I decided I absolutely had to spike the ball and do a “Tebow” while in the bottle suit.
Me standing around enjoying the moment.
Here’s what the race consisted of. We were supposed to run to the 10 yard line drop and do 5 push ups. Then run through the cones and across a ladder. Next I had to catch a football and haul ass back to the start line.
Simple enough right?
Well the announcer Roach said “On you mark, get set” then he pause a few extra seconds and in that time I stepped forward then to be fair I stepped back. As I was stepping back Roach said “Go”.
I was behind from the very start.
I stopped exactly on the 10 yard line to do my push ups but the other bottles kept going.
As I started to push up I stopped to look up and see why the other bottles kept going.
Then I saw them finally drop and I knocked out my push ups.
I managed to gain some ground in the cones even though Bud Light Wheat (the orange bottle), skipped two of them.
By the time I hit the ladders I had a small lead.
Then the dude tossed me the football and I dropped it.
At that point I was like “Shit”, and I scrambled to find the football. It only took me a few seconds to find the ball but it’s not easy bending over in a bottle suit.
Once I regained possession of the ball the race was back on but I was dead last again.
I was gaining ground fast.
The fear of losing was taking over my old body and I reached deep inside for that last burst of energy.
I managed to catch Bud Light Wheat and it was a photo finish. In the end I was announced the winner(remember the Bud Light Wheat bottle skipped two cones).. 🙂
I was a bit winded but I scored a win for my kids and my fans.
And if you’re wondering if I pulled of my T-Bud?(Thanks Todd)…You Betcha!
This is the video Krista shot of the whole thing.
Here’s what I won. A Broncos shirt, a Broncos pin, some stickers, a Bud Light hat, a Broncos magazine, a koozie, and the last thing in the bag was an envelope. The envelope contained a piece of paper that said I could choose an Authentic jersey of my choice.
Thank you for this opportunity Bud Light. That my friends is how you start out a New Year.
Chiefs beat the Broncos in the final game of the regular season and I still have no issues with losing Kyle Orton. His performance was Ho-Hum kinda dull, just like him.
If Orton’s plan was to send Denver fans a message, he didn’t. Props to the Denver Defense for keeping us in this game.
Broncos Coach John Fox has specifically asked Denver Season Ticket holders not to sell their tickets. This is because way back in 2006 (the last time the Broncos made the playoffs), Mile High Stadium was filled with more Steelers fans than Broncos fans and it was straight up embarrassing.
I’m “D” The Ranter and I’m still on the Tebow wagon, but I feel like my ass is dragg’n. The rest of America can go ahead and tell Tebow he can’t win a Superbowl.
Not me, I’ve recently seen life from inside the bottle and I believe…”D”
Jets vs Broncos
A shot of Sports Authority Field as it was just starting to get dark.
Von Miller making an entrance.
Why do people dislike this guy so?
I didn’t know much about Tim Tebow before he became a Bronco but this guy is winning me over. I’m not blind, I realize Tim is seriously rough around the edges but what he lacks in experience he makes up for in heart and balls.
Bronco fans have waited a long time for the right quarterback. I have thoroughly enjoyed every home game I’ve attended this season where Tebow was the starter. He brings a much-needed “vibe” back to a stadium that has been lacking a beat.
My last picture of Kyle Orton. Seems he was picked up by the Chiefs. I hope he’s the starter when the Broncos host the Chiefs on New Years day. I’m sure there won’t be an empty seat in the house. Notice I didn’t say it was the last game of the season.
All I know at this point is with Tebow, you never know?
My prediction…Orton puts on a ho-hum lackluster performance and Broncos get the win.
First play of the game, Tebow pass to Thomas…In-Com-Plete
Look at the size of the arms of #93. Tebow is a big guy, but this dudes arms are the size of Tebow’s legs.
Nice to have Eddie Royal back.
Tebow doing an on field version of “Tebowing”
I didn’t see this guy hop over the wall, I caught up with him as he was getting tackled.
Tim Tebow touchdown series.
Broncos take this one with another 4th quarter come from behind win at the hands of Tim Tebow. Final Score 17-13.
Haters keep on hating and telling Tebow he can’t do it.
Broncos fans know what happens when you tell Tim he can’t do something.
I’m “D” the Ranter. Long time Broncos fan and first year Broncos season ticket holder who’s luv’n it…”D”
Lions vs Broncos
Krista and I were really amped for this game along with the rest of the Bronco Nation as was witnessed by the enthusiasm of the tailgaters gett’n down in the Broncos parking lot pre-game.
I had no idea what to expect from Tebow this game. We all know he managed to pull out that win in Florida with a lot of prayers and some plain old last second luck. My opinion (which was formed during Kyle Orton’s last game) was I’d rather see Tebow lose and get the experience than see Orton’s unmotivating presence on the field.
By the end of this game that’s exactly what we got to see. Chalk this game up to experience as the inexperience of our new quarterback was painfully obvious.
Have I mentioned that I love photographing the skydivers as they enter Mile High?
These dudes are f’kn nuts.
The horse coming out of the horse.
Tebow doing the stand up version of Tebowing.
The coin toss. If you look close you can see the coin.
Right off the bat the Broncos marched downfield and scored a touchdown that for some reason was not a touchdown in the referee eyes. The play was reviewed and in the end wasn’t changed.
The Broncos settled for a field goal.
Then the game went from bad to worse.
All I could do is watch in disbelief and take pictures. Here you go.
Champ Baily doing what he does best.
Well amost…Johnson broke the tackle and scored.
This game was painful to watch. Even more painful if you paid to watch it.
Final Score..Lions 45 Broncos 10
I haven’t given up on Tebow. Stuff like this helps a fellow build character. But if you listen closely you can hear the rest of America saying “See Denver, you get what you ask for”.
And they’d be correct.
I’m the Ranter…Baby steps, as painful as they may be.
I’m not going ot tell Tebow “He can’t do it”.
CHARGERS VS BRONCOS
The end of baseball season for me means Nuggets basketball (although this season is a bust), and Broncos Football. If you follow this blog you know it’s not limited to baseball. I’m a Colorado Blogger and with that said I need to be flexible, so I blog about all kinds of events from Judas Priest concerts to my little town of Nederland’s famous “Frozen Dead Guy Days”.
After almost ten years on the Broncos season ticket waiting list our number finally came up and Krista and I were offered the opportunity to purchase season tickets a few months ago. My wife is probably a bit more of a football fan than me(and a lot less of a baseball fan), but I’ve been a solid Broncos fan since 1989.
She supports me hanging out with the Rantics at Coors Field so I didn’t hesitate to get her the Broncos season tickets.
Happy Wife = Happy Life
The plus side is I get to go too 🙂 Hunter and Mylee both were able to attend the two home pre-season games and they had a great time.
Our seats are on the fifth level and only thing in front of us is a railing. Cool thing, not too far from our seats is the Broncos fan mascot known as the Broncnater.
Here’s the Broncnator in full effect on the Big Screen.
Gotta respect a guy who puts his trademark name on his Jersey 🙂
This particular game was my third Broncos game of the season and although it was the Broncos forth loss I felt this game was blog worthy. The game kicked off the with the announcement that the skydivers were jumping out of the plane. Everyone stands there and looks up and waits for the skydivers to enter the stadium.
If you’ve never seen live before this it can get a bit tense at times as these dudes swoop over extremely close to the crowd. Once these guys manuver themselves inside the stadium they are haul’n a-ss.
Nobody took a boot to the head so I’d call this one a perfect landing.
Then there was the flyover…That never gets old…Jets will always be cool.
Ok, I was not on the Tebow bandwagon at the beginning of this game. I like Tebow but I figured he needed more time to learn the Broncos system and mature. But I’m not seeing anything I like from Mr. Orton thus far into the season.
Not long into the game the boo’s started because of Orton’s performance and not long after the Tebow chants started to echo the stadium.
I felt bad for Orton but not only did he put on a lackluster performance he just looked like he wasn’t into it. Body language says a lot. Kyle’s body language said..”Bench Me”
Coach Fox succumbed to the crowd pressure, pulled Orton, put in Tebow and the Broncos were back in the game. Something about Tebow, when he is on the field it feels electric. It’s like the Mile High Magic is back.
Say what you want, I was there and I felt it.
Here are some random game pictures.
This dude is gonna be great.
Gets the two point conversion.
This catch was one Coach Fox reviewed. He clearly had possession.
Champ Baily doing his thing.
Sends Mathews airborne.
Mathews lands and loses possession of the ball.
Rivers attempts a throw to Jackson.
Jackson thinks he has it.
I think at this point Jackson knows he’s lost it.
The Broncos had a chance to win the game with one second left close to the goal but it wasn’t to be.
Broncos lose to the Chargers. The final score was 29-24. I’ve never exited Mile High with a loss and seen the crowd still buzzing with excitement. Is Orton done and the Tebow era begun?
By the way..Have you heard of Tebowing? You’ll love this 🙂