A sense of depression hung over our house on Saturday evening. My wife is a HUGE, lifelong Denver Broncos fan. Her beloved team had just lost a double overtime AFC divisional playoff game to the visiting Baltimore Ravens 38-35. It was an exciting game with an even more dynamic finish, but a bit of an upset. The Broncos had won 11 in a row and were the number one seed with home field advantage and quarterback Peyton Manning was one of the leading candidates for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.
But none of that mattered when the Ravens’ Justin Tucker kicked a 48 yard sixth quarter field goal to end their season. It ended my wife’s hopes that her team would return to Super Bowl glory.
She was depressed, but I was quite pleased. After the game I tweeted: “My wife is a Denver fan so I have to be nonchalant about it. But I am so EXCITED Broncos lost. #TeamTebow.”
The hash tag says it all. I am still upset with the Broncos for the way they treated Tim Tebow last season. They gave him little respect as he racked up miraculous wins for them week after week. And then even though he took them to the playoffs and won a first round game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is more than Manning managed to do, they traded him away for their precious Peyton. So I was happy that Peyton didn’t pay off.
Now if the New York Jets, who traded for Tebow in the offseason, don’t play him or trade him to a team that will in 2013, that’s when my depression will set in.