I guess Sean Taylor is the best place to start. I think if any organization, any group of players or any city can sympathize with what D.C. is going through right now, it’s definitely Denver, the Denver Broncos and myself as an individual. Clearly they lost a great player, an important person to their team and I’m sure a very important person to a lot of people’s lives. Like I said, if anybody knows how they’re feeling, we definitely do here. My personal deepest condolences go out to the Washington Redskins and the friends and family of Mr. Sean Taylor.
Being from Baltimore and going to school at the University of Maryland which is about 10 minutes outside of D.C., I know how important the Redskins are to that community and historically how much they’ve meant to the people in that area. I fully expect the D.C. community to rally around the Redskins and help them in their grieving process. I imagine that this organization and I definitely am open to doing what we can to help seeing as we’ve gone through and are still going through an almost identical situation.
I know here everybody handled their grieving process differently. The Broncos offered psychological and emotional support to the players and I fully expect and hope the Redskins will do the same thing for their players and the friends and family of Sean.
That being said, I guess we should move on to the game. It seems like it happens way too often, but it definitely puts the game in perspective. The letdown on Sunday obviously doesn’t compare so I kind of feel guilty putting it within the same blog as talking about Sean losing his life.
The game was a rough one. I think it’s fair to say that we pretty much dominated the game from start to almost finish. With the exception of some special teams plays that let them back in the game, I personally feel as though that was definitely a winnable game, and not only winnable, but a game we should’ve won and we had almost wrapped up. It’s really disappointing to lose a game like that and to have the letdowns on our special teams and on our defense and just as a team in general.
Moving on after a loss is always hard but it’s sometimes a little harder after a game like that, but we still have a chance which is pretty much what keeps us all here working hard and keeps us focused is there’s still an opportunity for the Broncos to make a run. We show improvement every week. We show positive steps every week. While it doesn’t always show up as a ‘W,’ we’re definitely making some advances and hopefully we can carry it on and maintain some momentum despite this weekend’s game. I think a credit to our team is how some of the starters stepped up and put their pride aside and their position and role on the team aside and were willing to contribute on special teams. That means a lot to have people on your team, especially the leaders and players with great skill just to step up and volunteer to do whatever they can in all facets of the game to try to help us win.
I enjoyed my Thanksgiving. Like I said last week, it was the first one I’ve been able to have in a long time. Didn’t do anything special or out of the ordinary, just regular Thanksgiving dinner. My brother came out, my girlfriend came out, my Godmother came out and my parents already live there, so we just had a nice Thanksgiving dinner at their house. I fried some fish. That’s my contribution to Thanksgiving. Not traditional but my mom did all the traditional stuff. I guess I kind of felt like a pilgrim since I just came over and ate somebody else’s food and then left. I guess I’m not totally a pilgrim because I actually went back to my house. I didn’t stake claim and take over my parent’s bed.
It was nice to have that much family out. I showed my brother a great time. Took him to a comedy show and a basketball game and he obviously went to the football game and then he traveled out with my parents to the Chicago game and then he went back to D.C. which is where he lives. It’s fun whenever he comes out because we’re really close. It’s just good to be able to spend time with him like the old days.
I think I’m going to an Avs game tomorrow which is exciting for me. I’ve been to a lot of Nuggets games and I went to my first Rockies game during the World Series so I feel like almost 100 percent Coloradan. I guess I need to get to a Rapids and Outlaws game. They’re still on the list to be checked. It’s hard to get to a CU football game because it’s kind of in-season. I’ve been to DU a few times, not to see any games there. We filmed the College in Colorado PSA at CU. I think when we were filming they had a hockey practice which is pretty cool, so I did take a peek. I feel like I’m in full support. I’m going to the Avs game with the Broncos hockey team. The long-time blog readers should definitely know about them. It’s not a hockey team of Broncos players, but some of the staff around here put together a hockey team and there have been talks that there’s going to be a basketball team. I think I was like the barrel man for the hockey team so I’ll become like Bronco Betty I guess for the basketball team. I’ve got to keep supporting those guys because they do a lot of hard work for us, especially the equipment guys. I’ve become good friends with them. They work really hard to make sure we’re ready for our game so I feel like I need to go support them and I enjoy it.
I got invited to some sort of fancy hors d’oeuvres celebration of Broncos fans. Mr. Bowlen invited me. I went last year and a couple of other players. It’s kind of an elegant affair. It’s nice to be invited to those sorts of things to meet and greet Broncos fans from all walks of life. I’m also doing NFL 201. It’s the extension of 101, which is held at the stadium; 201 we have here. It’s kind of a women’s football education course. It’s not like hardcore football, it’s more fun than anything. They get to sign autographs and I get up and talk about defense and stuff, keep it light, make a lot of jokes, have a good time — so I would love for any blogsters to show up.
I have a hard time going to sleep after games. I normally sleep a little bit on the plane but I’m still a little amped from the game. On a regular night I’m normally out by 10:30, but when I get back from a game, I’m normally up ’til at least 1:30, 2 — which is hard, because then the next morning I’ve got to get up and come in somewhere between 7 and 9. I mostly watch TV, hang out, read or something. It’s hard to kind of bring yourself down. I don’t like being out after a game. win, lose or draw I like to take my butt home.
Obviously we would love to be at INVESCO as much as possible, but the road is fine. For a defensive player it’s a lot easier because the crowd is quiet. It’s always easier to communicate on the road. You don’t have the help of the crowd noise to draw a penalty or make it difficult for them to communicate but sometimes it’s easier for a defense. We would much rather be playing with the support of our fans, but it’s definitely easier to communicate on the road.
I’m sorry to the Blog Nation for the tardiness of my blog. No excuses. My bad.
Thanks. I hope I didn’t lose any readers. All ready!