Being a die-hard fan is almost masochistic. But that won't stop you next year from starting this process all over again.
In football, the odds are carefully crafted and discussed. People went into this weekend knowing for sure that the Denver Broncos would beat the Ravens. But the odds didn't take into account the intangibles -- in this case, the spirit of Ray Lewis.
For John Elway, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, their dream season ended in utter heartbreak. More specifically though, it was the way it ended, 38-35 in double overtime, at the hands of two Manning picks and a torched defense, that was so surprising.
For the Ravens to even stand a chance in this game, quarterback Joe Flacco's going to have to seriously improve upon his performance from the last time these two teams met.
With a bye week in the Wild Card round and no real surprises to-date in the playoffs, the Denver Broncos are our favorites to win the Super Bowl, making the Super Bowl 50.2 percent of the time and bringing home the title 28.2 percent of the time.
Thursday night football: Make it eight straight wins for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos as they beat Oakland 26-13.
On November 9, 1997, the Denver Broncos scored 34 points and beat the Carolina Panthers. Nearly 15 years to the day, the Broncos scored 36 points and beat the Carolina Panthers.
U-Conn basketball coach Jim Calhoun reportedly will announce his retirement today after 26 years with the Huskies. He won three national titles.
For those of us who worship football, it's been a long off-season without our favorite sport.
The Chargers have already lost their RB and a major WR, Kansas City is a sleeping tiger for 2012, Oakland still goes as Darren McFadden goes and, despite appearances, it's not all about Peyton Manning in Denver.
One of the significant NFL injuries this month is a torn triceps. Eugene Amano of the Tennessee Titans had the unfortunate distinction of giving Levi Brown and Jason Hunter a preview by tearing his right triceps in practice on August 2.
When the finely honed bodies of elite athletes break down, these players' compulsion to get back in the game sometimes can lead them to embrace medical procedures that eventually may benefit the duffers among us and more.
John Fox's offensive indifference may have been a source of intense frustration for Panthers' fans, but it was a far more positive attribute when it came to Manning's selection of the Denver Broncos as his second-act home.
I hoped every single day that Peyton Manning would not join the Jets because I want Mark Sanchez as the starter. But all that hoping made me get a big slap in the face when Tim Tebow joined the team.
Tebowmania was certainly at full throttle in Florida, the Rocky Mountains and the Bible Belt, but the object of this football fan obsession has just hit the Great White Way in the media capital of the world.
Broncos fans have lots of reasons to be deliriously and unapologetically excited. In fact, even more exciting than the man that will be the Broncos' quarterback in 2012, is the man that won't.