Giving Thanks to those in Colorado Sports


It’s Thanksgiving again and if you are a Colorado sports fan, there’s plenty to be thankful for. Between the four professional teams and the college teams in the area, there are a lot of people and teams to thank so let’s get started.

The Denver Broncos: Every Broncos fan should be thankful for an organization that is committed to winning and will do everything in their power to bring another championship to Denver. They didn’t win it all last year and they may not win it this year but that’s what they strive for every season, and that’s all a fan can ask for.

Jim McElwain: He has returned the Colorado State Football Program back to the glory days of the late mid to late 1990’s. The Rams are 10-1, riding a nine game winning streak and have a legitimate shot at a New Year’s Day Bowl if things break right this weekend.

Von Miller: He has returned to his all-pro level in 2014 and managed to stay out of trouble, at least so far.

The Colorado Rockies: We all need some humor in our lives and they certainly provide that with their play on the field. How can we ever forget the day when they allowed three runs on one passed ball?

Patrick Roy: The Colorado Avalanche got off to a slow start this season but they are playing better, and are once again worth watching. Both Roy and Joe Sakic have returned the Avalanche to respectability.

John Fox: For showing all of us that you can be polite and respectful, and still not say a thing.

Emmanuel Sanders: For signing with the Broncos and just being an all-around good guy.

Eric Decker: For taking more money with the New York Jets so the Broncos could sign Emmanuel Sanders.

Troy Tulowitzki: For being so considerate of the medical profession in Colorado. His injuries alone have probably bought condos for 10-15 Doctor’s in the local area. That’s what I call giving back.

Dick Monfort: The owner of the Rockies has gone out of his way to show the youth of Colorado that winning doesn’t matter. As long as you have a party deck, all is good.

Brian Shaw: For finally realizing that he does not have the team to play a slowdown offense. Now they are running and winning a few games. It’s funny though, Shaw criticized former coach George Karl for doing that very thing.

Peyton Manning: Sure it’s easier to be thankful for his play on the field even though some would like to see him run out of town, but what we should really be thankful for is his class and professionalism. He’s everything you would want in a role model and an athlete; maybe it’s time we appreciate him before he’s gone.

Brock Osweiler: For holding that clipboard better than anyone else in the league. Be patient, Brock. He can’t play forever, we think.

John Elway: For not being afraid to say the goal is a championship and anything short of that is a failure. Are you paying attention Dick Monfort?

Garrett Grayson: For proving that hard work and dedication does pay off. He’s gone from an awkward freshman who looked lost to a quarterback who now has a future in the NFL.

CJ Anderson: For being patient while the Broncos went through every other running back on their roster, and being ready to play when his number was finally called.

To all the readers of Mile High Maniac: Without all of you, none of this would be possible. Thank you for reading and we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, food and football.

Last but not least to Pat Bowlen: The owner of the Broncos has given the fans more than 30 years of excellence, and his drive to be the best is something that every Broncos fan should be thankful for. He’s the best owner in sports and we all can’t wait to hear Elway say, “This one’s for Pat!”