When things are going good in sports, it seems like the good times will never end. When things are going bad in sports, the bad times seem like they’ll never end.
The black cloud continues to hang over the Broncos. And it seems like it will never go away.
The Broncos have two weeks to think about their latest loss, a 24-16 setback to the San Francisco 49ers in London.
Fans have expressed emotions such as disappointment, frustration, outrage and many more as the Broncos losing streak has grown over the last month. All of that is legitimate.
It seems to me that expectations are at the core of the reaction to the Broncos’ performance in the first half of the season. The Broncos have always publicly talked about high expectations. Given their tradition and competitive nature, this is understandable.
No team expects to have a bad year. Every team works hard to be good. Certainly Broncos fans expect that out of their team.
When expectations go unfulfilled, emotions run high. Admittedly, I expected the Broncos to be a good team. As the Broncos get a week off, I have been thinking about the second half of the season. Instead of having expectations, I have changed to having certain hopes.
There is definitely a difference between expectation and hope. Since the Broncos have dashed my preseason expectations, I’ll admittedly hedge my bet for the second half of the year, for which I do have several hopes. Granted, they are nothing profound. But sometimes the simple things turn out to be pretty good.
1 – I HOPE THE BRONCOS PLAY BETTER. I know, way to go out on a limb, Rice. But I’m learning my lesson. I expected them to play well before the season began and look where that went. Straight out the window.
It is hard to imagine the Broncos playing much worse. But even with the injuries, the Broncos have talent. I don’t look at the Broncos roster and think about the worst teams in the league. I really don’t.
But they have not played well. They have regularly started slowly, scoring only seven points in the first quarter all season. They also have trouble finishing, being outscored by opponents 70-39 in the fourth quarter. I hope the Broncos reverse those trends in the final eight games. And I hope they reverse some disturbing trends on defense, too.
2 – I HOPE THE BRONCOS STAY UNITED. Let’s face it, when a team is 2-6 and not coming close to meeting its own expectations, things can get ugly. Players can bail. Guys can go through the motions. Things can be said and done which only serve to divide.
I’d like to think the Broncos will remain professional. I will be more than a little disappointed if effort suffers, if guys pack things in. It’s one thing for a team to have a tough year. It happens. But it’s something entirely different to have a tough year and just go through the motions.
3 – I HOPE THE BRONCOS GIVE US HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. It is always hard to have that hope when a team is going through a tough stretch. It seems like every week, the Broncos find a new way to come up short. Before the season started, I expected the Broncos to get better as the year went along. I now hope they meet that expectation.
What are your thoughts about the second half of the season? As always, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.