Thursday, September 29, 2011

Horseshoes and hand grenades

"Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades," and not in football.  There's really only one stat that matters in football, and that is winning.  And we get the feeling there's another in the NFL, and that is revenue.

John Elway is quoted in today's Denver Post as saying, "We're just three games into our first season together as a staff. And if you look at the three games, every one of them could have gone either way. If we were getting beat 41-0 in every game, I think it's a different situation."

But the thing is, it didn't go the Broncos way.  And it hasn't gone the Broncos way for 19 of Kyle Orton's 25 starts.  If your "best chance at winning" isn't winning, why not at least give the fans something to watch? Because if the "W" isn't going to be there, how are you going to keep fans interested?

Broncos fans are growing frustrated and worse, apathetic.  One caller to the Vic and Gary show this week described the most recent 4th quarter interception as "heart breaking," and readers of the Post are now describing themselves as "apathetic" towards the team they've invested in as season ticket holders.  And what is the response?  

"Right now, in our opinion, Kyle Orton gives us the best chance to win," Fox reiterated this week.

Please, enough with that.   Want to know the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Here's the same suggestion we've heard from every Tebow fan, and now from Woody Paige, not a Tebow fan, but someone who knows far more about Denver and the Broncos than we do. 

That's why people want Tim Tebow. Nobody can say it won't be exciting or different or unique, even if he's not that great. He will make you buy the NFL package in Salt Lake City to see the Broncos, make you have a "glimmer of hope" in Tennessee. And if he fails, go get somebody else next year. Kyle Orton is, I want to say, a comfortable pair of slippers. But he's not even that comfortable.

The only response we have is SMH, because as a friend said earlier this week, ""SMH" has never been a more appropriate response."