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Bronco Rob
10-27-2010, 05:04 AM
Broncos fans blue but still orange


The sunset Tuesday was an orangeless fade of light, a streetlamp dimming coldly.

If the bumper sticker is to be believed, it may be a sign that even God is having trouble rooting for the Broncos this season.

Measurements of the football team's stinkitude are all but tattooed across fans' furrowed brows: 13 losses in the past 17 games, dead last in the league in yards rushing per game, worst home defeat on Sunday in 47 years.

But could it possibly get worse for the city? What happens if the Orange Shush spreads beyond Invesco Field and over the rest of the town, where hundreds of jersey-sellers and suds-slingers and ticket-scalpers depend on interest in the team to generate income? Could Denver experience a Broncos recession?

At The Fainting Goat Pub on Broadway on Sunday, the evidence was ominous. Things were so uncharacteristically quiet for a game day, the staff sent the waitress home while the game was still going.

"When they're not winning and they're not doing well, people aren't apt to say, 'Let's go drink afterward,' " said Jessica Columbus, who was working behind the bar Tuesday afternoon. ". . . So it's hard."

Gauging the Broncos' economic impact to the city is a tricky task, said Janet Fritz, a spokeswoman for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

"Anecdotally, obviously when a team does better, there are more merchandise sales," she said.

But few studies have been able to determine how much wins and losses affect dollars and cents.

The one comprehensive study on the team's economic weight was published in 1995. In that study, Tom Regan, an associate professor in the University of South Carolina's department of sports and entertainment management, found the team had a $118 million yearly economic impact on the city including nearly $54 million in outside-the-stadium spending. Put in today's dollars, that's a $191 million total impact.

But Regan's study looked at data from the 1989 season, when the Broncos made it to the Super Bowl. And other studies have thrown cold water on such estimates, saying dollars that fans spent on football games are dollars they would probably spend on something else if they didn't go to the game.

Regan said Tuesday he doesn't think the team's record will have much effect on the Broncos' economic contribution to the city. Season tickets are already paid for. Because of the team's popularity, attendance is likely to stay strong at least for the near future. That means concessions and merchandise sales should be OK.

"The history of Denver is they sell out," Regan said. "Good, bad or indifferent, they sell out."

In the city's go-to gathering spots for sports fans, business managers said they might even see a slump bump though these are folks for whom it literally pays to put on a happy face.

"We had a lot of people shopping during the second half of the game," Aaron Silvey, a manager at the Denver Broncos Team Store at Invesco Field, said of Sunday's shaming. "It seems like when we're getting blown out, we get busy here."

On Tuesday, longtime Broncos fan Tony Bianchi browsed through the store, seeking souvenirs for his nephew in California.

"I'm still a die-hard fan, regardless of Sunday's game," he said. "I'm still buying."

Sales of Broncos apparel at the Sportsfan store on the 16th Street Mall stay relatively steady regardless of wins and losses, said John Brennan, division manager.

"It's a very passionate fan base," he said. "If this kind of performance went on for five years, maybe we'd have a problem, but there are still people buying."

Sportsfan clerk Leo Abeyta said the Raiders' blowout win Sunday seemed to embolden their fans, with Raiders merchandise selling unusually well after the game and early this week.

And sports bar managers said Broncos fans always will show up after games, whether to anesthetize raw emotions from losses or to celebrate wins.

"I'm sure all of our customers will be back for the Chefs game" on Nov. 14, said Diane Keefe, general manager at Brooklyn's by Invesco Field. "These are good, true fans. I think their loyalty runs deep."

In a season like this, it has to.



http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16442700




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ZachKC
10-27-2010, 05:11 AM
Cute article!

Bronco Rob
10-27-2010, 05:21 AM
Cute article!


Cuter article



http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4731500


Ha!

Bob's your Information Minister
10-27-2010, 05:21 AM
A fool and his money are soon parted.

Bronco Rob
10-27-2010, 05:23 AM
A fool and his money are soon parted.


Look no further than 64 Million dollars for Matt Ca$$el.........



Ha!

gunns
10-27-2010, 05:41 AM
Denver fans are loyal. That's why I'm glad McD apologized, but I wish I'd see more of the players apologize. This, "we just need to play like it" or "we just need to play better" doesn't assuage what happened on Sunday. The game on Sunday was totally unacceptable and the Bronco fans have been loyal enough that we deserve better than to put a product on the field like the Raider and Chiefs fans have become accustomed to. Yes it was one game, but it was horrific enough it damn well better not happen again.

Bob's your Information Minister
10-27-2010, 05:58 AM
Look no further than 64 Million dollars for Matt Ca$$el.........

Ha!

So Clark Hunt, SMU Valedictorian, is a fool?

Rulon Velvet Jones
10-27-2010, 08:55 AM
So Clark Hunt, SMU Valedictorian, is a fool?

Yes.

Bronco Rob
10-28-2010, 03:53 AM
Ha!

NYBronco
10-28-2010, 04:21 AM
I wasn't able to watch the game and when I learned of the outcome I was surprised and honestly expected the score to be the opposite with a Denver win. I just arrived from deep in the Colorado mountains and am just now getting back in touch with the outside (Bronco) world.

Tough loss to say the least but I continue to have faith in Josh McDaniels and his system. My reasons are simple and center around his young age and experience as an NFL head coach. He's learning, there's no doubt about that and will improve on his mistakes as many current and past head coaches have in the NFL.

I look forward to future McDaniels merciless wins against the raiders on their home turf perhaps as soon as later this year and the other poor souls that get in their path through the remainder of the season.

Bronco Rob
10-28-2010, 04:45 PM
:thumbsup: