by Shannon Daly
Fifteen years ago, as the Broncos began their seasonal march to a second Super Bowl win, yours truly was doing a different march, down an aisle, to get hitched. I married my husband, Paul, on September 5th, 1998, in a quirky little church on Lafayette street here in Denver. While I would hope most of the guests at my wedding would remember September 5, 1998, for this reason, the truth is most of them would be more likely to remember this day as the first time the Rocky Mountain Showdown, (the annual game between the CU Buffaloes, and the CSU Rams,) took place in Mile High, (now Sports Authority at Mile High,) stadium. The more serious Broncos fans at my wedding might simply remember it as the Saturday before the first NFL Monday Night Football game where the Broncos beat the New England Patriots 27-21.
Either way, football and my wedding day have always had a special relationship. It’s pretty hard to be a 5th generation Colorado native and NOT root for the Broncos, (out in public, any way.) And if my mother, Marty, (may her Denver Broncos football lovin’ soul rest in peace,) thought for even a SECOND that I was contemplating not watching the game, or GOD FORBID rooting for another team, I’m pretty sure she’d come back from the grave and haunt me, so it’s a safe bet to say I’ll be rooting for my Broncos come this Sunday. If you’re one of the throngs of people who like to share the highs and lows of the game with other rabid Broncos fans, I suggest you get an early seat at Buffalo Wild Wings on 36th ave. They have a TON of TVs, an attentive wait staff, and lots of bar food and beverages. I don’t know why, but for some reason wings and football just seem to go together….’like peas and carrots,’ as Forrest might say. Or, if you are looking for a larger TV, good food, and a little less Super Bowl insanity, you might want to pull up a barstool at Caseys in the 29th Avenue Town Square. They have a very warm, welcoming interior and great bar food with a full menu. Plus, I’m sure the game will be on every one of their TVs, so you’re sure to be able to find a seat that gives you a great view. As for me, I’ll be watching the game from the comfort of a friend’s couch, chewing wings, and sipping a margarita. However you decide to spend this Sunday, I hope you spend it with friends and family you love. And if you don’t happen to watch the game, that’s okay too. I won’t tell my mom. Go Broncos!