Originally written on Rockies Review  |  Last updated 7/27/12
As Peyton Manning took the field for the first time in an orange and blue practice jersey, nearly 4,000 on-lookers cheered.The Denver Broncos opened training camp, and on a Thursday, a work day for most, passionate fans poured through the gates at Dove Valley to watch the team that hasn't finished above .500 since 2006 stretch and go through the most basic of drills.Sure, the excitement about Manning coming to town was the big draw, but these fans are eager not for a winning record, but for a title contender. They passionately believe, whether correct or dead wrong, that the Broncos will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans in February.These are the same fans who pack Coors Field for Colorado Rockies games. They are the same fans who drive 14 hours to Scottsdale to watch the Rockies play in spring training. They are the same fans who root on the Nuggets and Avalanche, regardless of record.Rockies fans have taken a beating lately for continuing to go to Coors Field, despite...
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