The Agony and the Ecstasy of Being a Denver Broncos’ Fan
We had to know it would go this way. If the Broncos were going to win, it wasn't going to be easy, And it wasn't. It was just another enjoyable tense Sunday afternoon for Denver fans. The agony and the ecstasy.
This has been the story of the Broncos' season. Close, hard fought games, that come down to the 4th quarter. This one was no different.
Denver's only points of the second half came on a Brandon McManus field goal in the 4th quarter, while the Denver defense made two critical fourth down stops in the 4th quarter, along with stopping a 2-point conversion attempt in the final seconds that would have sent the game into overtime. Fingernails? What fingernails?
The outcome of the game remained in doubt until the Broncos managed to recover New England's on-side kick following their late touchdown. That left Bronco fans unable to relax for even a moment on this Sunday afternoon.
Regardless of who your team is, when you are a sports fan, this is what comes with it. It's a wide variety of emotions - highs and lows, excitement and joy, disappointment, frustration, anger, hope, and a whole lot of nervousness.
We yell, we cheer, we scream, we curse.
It drives us crazy. We can't stand it. Yet, we continue to watch and cheer on our team no matter what. The extreme highs that come with winning apparently outshine the extreme lows that come with losing. It hurts to lose. It sucks to lose. But, winning, feels oh, so good.
For two weeks in a row, the Broncos faced elimination and the end of their season - and for two weeks in a row, the Broncos did just enough to get a win, just as they have the entire season. They drive us crazy, but we keep coming back for more.
One more game to go. One more game filled with all those emotions that drive us absolutely crazy - another relaxing, tense three hours of Broncos' football. More agony, more ecstasy.
Surely we won't expect anything different. Why would we?