It all started on December 30th when the Denver Bronco’s made a decision to terminate the business relationship with Mike Shanahan. Fans were left with thoughts that we might as well throw away any hopes of ever returning to the Super Bowl.
But then our hope was revitalized on January 11th when the announcement was made that we had picked up the New England Patriots defensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels as our new head coach! There was some debate because of his young age, but overall we felt that we had received a gift from the heavens. However, our world came crashing down on April 2nd when after some serious debates and the obvious tension between our new Head Coach and our star Quarterback Jay Cutler ended with Cutler being traded for Kyle Orton. Like every fan out there, I started seriously doubting this new coach. I had believed that Cutler was our key to the Super Bowl, and without him we might as well rename our team the Raiders! (Intense I know, but just go with me). After a couple months I finally gave in and promised to support my team for at least the first couple games and give this new guy a chance to prove himself.
On September 13th our season started against the Cincinnati Bengals. We ended up winning 12-7 and immediately the talk started about the unbelievable defense we had just witnessed. Game two against the Cleveland Browns came and went with Bronco’s dominating the field and winning 27-6. Next came the Oakland Raiders and once again, we defended our undefeated status and only allowed one field goal taking the game by an impressive 20 points! At this point people had started making excuses for our impressive streak. We had played ‘easy’ teams, and the true test of what we were capable of was waiting in the next two games against the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots. Dallas came and went and once again it was said that Tony Romo had obviously let his ego get in the way and that was the only reason he had made the rookie mistake of throwing to Champ twice in the last few minutes of the game. Announcers across the nation repetitively stated that the true test lay with the game against the New England Patriots.
The week leading up to an outstanding game against the New England Patriots had me more nervous that the thought of delivering a 19 pound baby boy! I eagerly prepared for the game on Sunday, I disconnected my home speakers and took them to work so that since I couldn’t see the game, I could at least hear it with amazing clarity. I rushed customers into making a buying decision quickly before 2pm arrived and then prayed that if a customer decided that it was imperative to buy a mattress during this historic game, they would at least let me hike up the volume in the store so that I could hear the plays as they happened. Thankfully Denver seemed to be in a grip as solid as my own and I was fortunate to not see a single soul approach my door during the 3 hour showdown.
However, my son decided to make his presence known to me during the game. At first I blamed it on my accelerated heart beat, but minute after minute I started noticing some consistency… It felt kind of odd that while listening to the live broadcast and watching the play by play occur on www.nfl.com I was picturing the plays in my head and feeling them in my belly at the same time. It started making me very curious so instead of sitting on the edge of my seat, I leaned back, propped my feet on the desk and listened to the game unfold online while watching it unfold right in front of my eyes! By the end of the game I swore that my son had taken it upon himself to act out every single play in an effort to comfort me after being so disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to witness the game in person!
I had multiple people tell me during my pregnancy with Elizabeth that it would be the coolest thing if she grew up to obtain the first female quarterback position in the NFL. Now I feel that I could potentially have the first brother/sister combination in the National Football League! Stay tuned, maybe in 20 years people will look back on this revelation and think, “wow that’s one woman who knew her children well, even in the womb!”