Tebow mania cannot hold a candle to Manning mania. The evidence? Saturday afternoon, 41,304 fans packed the lower levels of Sports Authority Field at Mile High to watch the Broncos' annual preseason scrimmage. The attendance was more than double the amount who had turned out in 2010, Tim Tebow’s first year in Denver.
"I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like this … I think (the fans) are ready for some football," Denver head coach John Fox said after the scrimmage.
It was almost a game-like atmosphere. Fans sipped beer and munched on hot dogs and nachos and at every opportunity the 40,000-plus would stomp their feet to create the famed “Mile High Thunder.”
Peyton Manning echoed Fox’s comments about the passion of the crowd, "No question the fans are into it … it really felt like a game atmosphere with the crowd and our pre-game routines. I know players were pumped, they were kind of feeding off the energy of the fans."
The level of fan optimism for the Broncos chances this season a...