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Old 01-26-2010, 01:05 AM   #1
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Which Broncos team that didn't get to the Super Bowl did you enjoy watching th e most and has a fond place in your heart? It doesn't have to be the necessarily the best Broncos team (96, 78, 91, etc.) to never reach the Super Bowl.

For me, it's 1991 because that was the year I attended my first game in person (week 17 in SD). Elway's comeback vs. the Oilers is still the most intense game I have ever watched. I was so nervous before those 4th down conversions on the final drive. I also collected Mike Croel rookie cards during his Defensive Rookie of the Year season and I wouldn't give them up for anything in the world. All the b**** maid Raider fans at school collected Todd Marinovich and Nick Bell cards.

I used to have a picture of Gaston Green on my wall too! Right next to Steve Atwater.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:56 AM   #3
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I always thought the 1985 Broncos were great. They were really throwing the ball downfield that season. Even more so than in 1984. They went something crazy like 11-5 and DIDN'T even make the playoffs. Elway had a crazy game at home against the Chiefs where he threw for over 300 yards but had 5 interceptions. In typical Elway fashion, he somehow rallied the team for a last-second 14-13 victory.
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:43 AM   #5
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Elway had a crazy game at home against the Chiefs where he threw for over 300 yards but had 5 interceptions.
Good thing Kyle Orton wasn't available for trade!

I liked the 1993 version.

No huddle. Throwing the ball all over the place.

Putting the game in Elway's hands for more than 2 minutes.

They could put up the points in a hurry, but they sure could give them up in a hurry as well.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:12 AM   #6
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1975. First year I went to any games.

My constant badgering and begging to my dad finally worked. So in 1975 he took me to some games. He wasn't into football and couldn't understand this little kids freaky obsession for the Broncos. I don't know where I got it besides tv. I don't recall anyone around me a Bronco fan. I can't even recall our record. I was pretty young. We didn't win many games back then.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:21 AM   #7
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The 1993 team was terrific. Fun to watch, threw it all over the yard, and Elway having an absolutely beastly year.

Also, nice job wolfpack. You made it five whole posts before taking this thread off the rails.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:41 AM   #8
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Mine would have to be the 2005 Broncos that went 13-3. It was a magical year. No one respected us and we smeared some teams, i.e. Philly in the rain, the Jets at home and the Raiders on Christmas Eve. Plus there were some really close games like the win against Washington and Ian Gold's tipped pass that sealed it for us and Ron Dayne's big run in OT at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

The thing that made this season so special for me is that I was at 2 games: the Jacksonville game in Jax, in which we beat them down. I love kicking their ass. The other was the playoff game against New England. Brady was 10-0 in the playoffs and we knocked him off. Champ's pick at the goal line and 100-yard run was the loudest I have ever heard a stadium roar.

Frickin' Steelers ruined it for us. I tell you what...if we beat the Steelers, we would have killed the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Damn....
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:44 AM   #9
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So LB52/CB40, why would you pick Dale Carter as your avatar pic?

My favorite season was 1996. We had insane bounces go our way all season, and realistically we should have won 3 straight titles.

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Old 01-26-2010, 07:11 AM   #10
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The recipe for greatness was already there. The offensive line was dominant late in the season, and things were easier for Elway than they had ever been. Sharpe was playing well, TD was playing well, Eddie McCaffery and Rod Smith played well. It was a foreshadowing of what was to come. That team was unbelievably talented.

It may have been 3 straight superbowls had the Jaguars not played out of their skulls and slapped the defense around like they did. I hated Brunell after that!
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:49 AM   #11
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Can't really decide between these 3.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:56 AM   #12
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2005, loved that team. My hating of Shanny began with the drafting of Cutler and dismantiling of that squad.
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Quintin Griffin + Ashley Lelie, definitely.
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:26 AM   #14
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2005... Sauerbraun's forced fumlble made my house shake. I knew we were winning that game against the PAts, and when Champ stepped up in the endzone and took it 100 yards I went nuts.
It was also my first Bronco game I attended when we faced Bills. Rod Smith had an awesome game, won AFC player of the week.
So many games were exciting...SD champ's pick 6... Tatum and Anderson almost going for 1,000 each. Mike's last good year, etc.
And the Steelers were the better team, thats why they won. But man we sure would have creamed the Seahawks in the SB
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:38 AM   #15
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:43 AM   #16
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2005, I loved the 2003 team Jake's first year here and if not for his injury they could of made much more noise. I personally think that was the best team we have had here in Denver since the Superbowl teams just caught some bad breaks. That team was the last good pass rush we had here with Berry, Pryce, and Hayward. I loved the 1996 team to because it was a nice surprise after some bad years and gave us hope. I personally think it was a blessing in disguise we didn't play Green Bay that year because a loss to the best team in the league could of killed the confidence and the hunger the team had the next year.
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I have to go with 1974, It was my 1st full year as a young Bronco fan and I understood more as the year went on. Floyd was my favorite player but he didn't play alot that year but Otis stepped in. Plus it was the 1st winning season and the city and my grade school were all a buzz about the Broncos. I don't think I will ever experience anything like that again.

I thought 1981 was an entertaining year also with a couple Morton comebacks, all they had to do was beat the 4-12 bears... Watson had an electric year that year also.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:22 AM   #19
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1984. I really fell for that team. They went 13-3, and at one point were 11-1, before they lost 2 games in a row. Both of those losses ended with Rich Karlis hitting the goal post on field goals that would have tied the game. They were incredibly close to 15-1.

Despite that record, the Broncos didn't actually look like a powerhouse team most of the time. A pattern emerged throughout the season, take a lead in the first half, lose it in the 3rd quarter, and then find some way to squeak it out down the stretch. It was a thrilling thing to watch, and Elway, in his 2nd season, was already well on his way to forging his "Captain Comeback" legacy. If ever a season embodied "Mile High Magic", this was it.

I clearly recall a game against the Pats that I attended, so typical of the era. 6-6 at halftime, the Pats took the lead in the 3rd quarter, and added to it in the 4th. The Broncos 2-TD comeback was complete when Dennis Smith picked up a Mosi Tatupu fumble and cruised 64 yards for the winner. The fans at Mile High were beside themselves. It seemed we couldn't lose. The national media were scratching their heads, wondering how the Broncos did it, and wondering when the bubble was going to burst.

I was a kid at the time, and my belief that Mile High Magic would conquer all was naive in retrospect. We eventually found out that maybe the Broncos were riding their luck. The pain of the mid to late 80s Super Bowls crushed the early-Elway optimism we had felt. It turned out that we weren't going to get it done with Elway and a decent defense alone. But it was a great ride that year, one I'll always remember fondly.
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1984. I really fell for that team. They went 13-3, and at one point were 11-1, before they lost 2 games in a row. Both of those losses ended with Rich Karlis hitting the goal post on field goals that would have tied the game. They were incredibly close to 15-1.

Despite that record, the Broncos didn't actually look like a powerhouse team most of the time. A pattern emerged throughout the season, take a lead in the first half, lose it in the 3rd quarter, and then find some way to squeak it out down the stretch. It was a thrilling thing to watch, and Elway, in his 2nd season, was already well on his way to forging his "Captain Comeback" legacy. If ever a season embodied "Mile High Magic", this was it.

I clearly recall a game against the Pats that I attended, so typical of the era. 6-6 at halftime, the Pats took the lead in the 3rd quarter, and added to it in the 4th. The Broncos 2-TD comeback was complete when Dennis Smith picked up a Mosi Tatupu fumble and cruised 64 yards for the winner. The fans at Mile High were beside themselves. It seemed we couldn't lose. The national media were scratching their heads, wondering how the Broncos did it, and wondering when the bubble was going to burst.

I was a kid at the time, and my belief that Mile High Magic would conquer all was naive in retrospect. We eventually found out that maybe the Broncos were riding their luck. The pain of the mid to late 80s Super Bowls crushed the early-Elway optimism we had felt. It turned out that we weren't going to get it done with Elway and a decent defense alone. But it was a great ride that year, one I'll always remember fondly.
Good stuff.

I had been a casual NFL fan as a child, and watching Elway over the course of his first two years made me a Broncos fan. The thrill of '84 cemented it for me for life.

Pat Bowlen, you can thank Elway for all of my Broncos-related expenditures over the years and years to come. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would proudly sport the ORANGE and blue as a child in Cowboys country or other hostile environments because of Elway.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:46 PM   #23
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1973. First winning season for the franchise and an offense that rocked. Floyd Littles' last season. Charlie Johnson at QB. The drafting had begun that would soon deliver the Orange Crush. The Broncos came within a touchdown of winning the division, and had been 4 & 9 or 4-8-1 or some thing like that the year before.

Th very beginning of a contending run that has stretched out over 25 years +.
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:22 PM   #24
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The 2005 team was a fun one to watch. It's just too bad that the Steelers game was Plummer's worst game of the season. Bad timing...
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:22 PM   #25
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I'll go with 91 too...it was my first season as a rabid broncos fan. Information (i lived in ny) was scarace for the broncos. I remember consistently watching that cable channel that was just text sports news (long long long gone) for broncos updates. The game against the oilers is still one of my fav tv watching experiences ever.
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