Given the tremendous popularity of the National Football League and the Denver Broncos, the anticipation of the regular season is overwhelming among fans and press.
Even though this is the preseason, there is definitely a greater buzz right now for the game Saturday night against the Cleveland Browns than existed for the first two games, both on the road.
Playing at home is always special for everyone.
Fans are excited about seeing the new players, whether in person or as part of the vast television audience created by KCNC-TV, channel 4.
It’s week three, so we are done with the preseason training schedule, which means players get to leave at the end of the day, instead of in the middle of the night.
Kickoff time is at the much more familiar 7:00 (actually, 7:07), so the anticipation of the game is maxed for all onlookers.
It is still tough for the press corps, as they are writing on deadline almost from the start of the game, and columnists will latch onto the first idea that grabs them and write fast, getting a head start on deadline–not that that will satisfy the insatiable editors eager to print every inch of copy, and then some!
But no season gets going without a start, and this week is that start.
I think fans are going to be very excited about new players this year, and of course everyone will watch every move that Jay Cutler makes in his first full season as the Broncos starting quarterback.
The first mandatory cuts of the 2007 are due after this Saturday’s game, so it is a nerve-wracking period for a number of young players or others whose positions are heavily laden with talent.
It is not only the first game for the fans and players, but also for the staff putting on the game at INVESCO Field at Mile High–that includes stadium operations, security, grounds crew, public relations, entertainment personnel, concessions people, police, paramedics, traffic oficers, RTD, the television network, and even Thunder the horse.
It’s the first game for everyone, it marks the Broncos’ 48th year of play and the team’s 38th straight year of complete sellouts.
Just about every aspect of study, preparation, and office routine can develop a monotonous quality over time, but game day stands alone for everyone in the game, including the fans. No fans, no game.
It all starts with game one, and there is nothing like game day in the NFL.
It is still preseason, but it is still a game. And the scoreboard works, so both teams will be trying to put up crooked numbers, and the TV ratings will top virtually anything else televised in Denver except for the future regular season games.
But ratings, and the fact that football is both king and queen, are the topics for future ruminations.
Thanks for reading.