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High expectations mean spoiled fans in Broncos Country

High expectations mean spoiled fans in Broncos Country

"Unlike in the Elway years we failed to watch the Broncos with wide-eyed amazement. Instead we anticipated victories and felt vindicated when they came. That's why the loss in the...

Radio Row INTERVIEW: Peter Burns scored his dream gig but the Press Box will remain in good hands

Radio Row INTERVIEW: Peter Burns scored his dream gig but the Press Box will remain in good hands

"The Press Box is my baby." Burns told me. "I am not looking forward to leaving it but I know it's in good hands." Read More ...

Drew Soicher’s bad joke pissed the Broncos off pretty good

Drew Soicher’s bad joke pissed the Broncos off pretty good

Drew Soicher's silly routine on 9 News got him in trouble this time. Audio provided by the Press Box Read More ....

Dusty Saunders takes Drew Soicher to task at long last

Dusty Saunders takes Drew Soicher to task at long last

"9 News employs dozens of excellent reporters and anchors who help the station set the gold standard with its local news product. Even its other sports anchors, Rod Mackey, Aaron...

The de-Masaiing of the Nuggets has begun

The de-Masaiing of the Nuggets has begun

When Masai Ujiri remained the GM of your Denver Nuggets he was held in very high regard as one of the NBA's finest wheeler-dealers. In his absence, though, some of...

Big idea: The Mile High Sports Magazine “Boys of Summer” issue.

Big idea: The Mile High Sports Magazine “Boys of Summer” issue.

"...they would be breaking every stereotype in the macho world of sports publishing."

Change nothing but change the name Redskins

Change nothing but change the name Redskins

"Once Daniel Snyder capitulates the matter will be swept beneath the rug within a week and our attention will be drawn elsewhere. That's the way these things work." Read more ...

Will we look back more fondly on the Tebow season than on the Manning era?

Will we look back more fondly on the Tebow season than on the Manning era?

If Peyton Manning never wins a Super Bowl with the Broncos it's quite possible that decades from now fans will look back with greater fondness on the 2011 season than...

Kathy Sabine's next level weather dong

Kathy Sabine's next level weather dong

Deadspin (http://deadspin.com/tag/weather-dong) (@Deadspin) has been tracking instances of weather dong for as long as we can remember so it's with all due credit to them that we present what...

Better grilling NOW with Mangrate, the grill enhancement system. Use promo code: Denver for a $10 discount

Better grilling NOW with Mangrate, the grill enhancement system. Use promo code: Denver for a $10 discount

We at South Stands have been using Mangrate (http://www.mangrate.com/) for years. What's Mangrate? It's the 100% made in America grill enhancement system consisting of solid cast iron grill grates just like...

Dear John: a face-painting fanatical Broncos fan confronts Reidy's disgust

Dear John: a face-painting fanatical Broncos fan confronts Reidy's disgust

The host of the South Stands Denver Fancast, our own John Reidy (@johnreidydenver), has been vocal in his digust for the Broncos since their disasterous performance in the Super Bowl....

Brian Shaw can cement his legacy as Denver's biggest jerk ever

Brian Shaw can cement his legacy as Denver's biggest jerk ever

"ESPN's Stephen A Smith, a giant turd of a human being, reported on ESPN radio on Friday that Shaw would like to come to the big apple and that he...

Michael Sam's kiss was jarring; not that there's anything wrong with that.

Michael Sam's kiss was jarring; not that there's anything wrong with that.

"Not everybody was prepared to see two athletes kissing on TV. And it wasn't only the kissing that rocked America. It was the gentle stroking of Sam's bicep, the hand...

Bandwagon vs. Fair Weather Fan : A Tutorial

Bandwagon vs. Fair Weather Fan : A Tutorial

"The actual bandwagon is reserved for those who do not follow sports, know nothing about the details and specifics of how the game is played or even the players who...

Don’t let Donald Sterling give racism center stage

Don’t let Donald Sterling give racism center stage

"This “look at me” rush to protestation gives too much credit to men like Donald Sterling and not enough credit to our society." Read more ...

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They're still the Browns to us

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"The people of Maryland may call them the Ravens, but to Denver fans the team that now resides in Baltimore is still the same old Cleveland Browns that we thumped in the ’86, ’87 and ‘89 AFC Championship games. We remember “the Drive”. We remember “the Fumble”. We remember Denver’s dominance against Marty Schottenheimer, Bernie Kosar, Earnest Byner and the rest. And to us nothing has changed."

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We still call them the Browns.

Art Modell might have picked his woeful Browns up and moved them from the Midwest to the Eastern seaboard, but we haven’t forgotten what our Denver Broncos did to them beforehand. Their team colors are black and purple now; but the franchise poised to face the orange and blue at Mile High on Saturday are our most familiar playoff opponent of all time.

The people of Maryland may call them the Ravens, but to Denver fans the team that now resides in Baltimore is still the same old Cleveland Browns that we thumped in the ’86, ’87 and ‘89 AFC Championship games. We remember “the Drive”. We remember “the Fumble”. We remember Denver’s dominance against Marty Schottenheimer, Bernie Kosar, Earnest Byner and the rest. And to us nothing has changed.

As Keith Bishop once said, “We’ve got them right where we want them.”

When Modell’s squad returns to Denver, the Broncos will continue one of the proudest traditions in NFL playoff history by beating them yet again. They abandoned their real fans in 1996, backfilling a market into which John Elway once refused to drafted, but the Broncos never left. The tradition that existed here in the Super Bowl years of the 1980s still remains and so do the memories of triumph after triumph over the also-rans now known as the Ravens.

Maryland people aren’t necessarily aware of their club’s history with John Elway and his teams. To them the gut-wrenching feeling they feel on Saturday night will be all new. The “Ravens” are 6-4 all-time against Denver, but in their previous incarnation (the Browns) they went 5-21 all time against the Broncos. Denver’s winning percentage against them was 80.8.

The Broncos have surrendered only one playoff loss this franchise. It was in the Wild Card round following the 1999 season, Modell’s first in Baltimore. It took his relocating to snap the curse of Elway. It also took Denver having Gus Frerotte at quarterback. It will be Peyton Manning this time. Manning is undefeated is his last nine match-ups with the former Browns.

Elway will be back for this one, too. The man who gave Browns fans nightmares back in the eighties is an executive now. He will be a thorn in the side of the franchise – and the City of Baltimore once again.

Ray Lewis is the face of the Baltimore Ravens today. To Broncos fans, however, they’re still our bumbling half-rivals, Modell’s team, Marty and the boys. Baltimore had the Colts when John Elway refused to play there, before the Colts had Manning. Cleveland had the Browns before the Browns became the Ravens and stuck the people of Ohio with the memories of all those Broncos losses.

Maryland inherited a new team back in 1996 and along with that team it inherited a history. When it comes to facing the Denver Broncos that history is as bleak as a Baltimore slum.

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