There’s nothing like an early morning tailgate party.
Bronco’s parking lots open at 9am for a 2:00 game. Either you’ve got your shit packed the night before or you’re gett’n up at the crack of dawn to load that car. Krista and I have no elaborate tailgating ensemble right now until the VW bus is finished. For now we just bring food, booze, our chairs, my Broncos cornhole game and a lot of enthusiasm.
We rolled in about 10 am and managed to get a decent spot to tailgate and play a lil cornhole. I wanted to get inside the Stadium a bit early so I wouldn’t miss the Todd Helton tribute.
Tebow to Jacksonville…Hmmm?
I had planned on shooting video of the Helton tribute but just as I was about to start filming a rather large lady squeezed past Krista and I and managed to spill my drink all over the place. For that reason I didn’t get to shoot the video.
The Helton tribute was short and here’s a few pics.
Helton on the field for the coin toss.
Lets do this!
Anyone know what the square means?
It gets ugly from here.
What is Peyton doing?
Stop that shit Peyton. We can’t risk it.
Guess what?…Champ’s back yo!
This is what happens when you don’t stand up quick enough when the Broncos score.
I was excited for this game but not nearly as much as a couple of our previous games.
I figured this to be an easy win.
The weather was perfect today as it is most Broncos home games. What I got out of this game is I like how Moreno is maturing. He just plays hard and is much better at keeping that football tucked with a 5 point grip. However we need Von Miller back on this defense doing his thing (He’s back next week vs the Colts). Let’s hope Von has realized just how lucky he is and is ready to grow up.
Good to see Champ Bailey out tackling dudes again, he’s amazing to watch.
Broncos win again with a final score of 35-19.
I’m “D” the Ranter…6-0 baby!!
I was explaining to Krista what kind of Quarterback Michael Vick is. I was like the dude can run, he can throw, he can make plays happen when nothing is happening, however he’s just not reliable or likeable.
I like Michael Vick about as much as I like taking my dogs to the Vet.
I noticed I had not heard any smack talk from ANY of my Eagle fan friends?? ..Yeah though so
I can’t tell you how much fun the “Peyton Manning Show” has been this season. As a fan, 4-0, Manning with career and record numbers. Witnessing touchdown after touchdown. Yeah it’s a good year to be a season ticket holder.
Today I got a shot of the skydivers from outside the stadium.
Didn’t plan it that way, we were just a little bit late getting to our seats.
When you see Brock in a regular season game it’s either a good thing or a really bad thing.
This was a good thing.
At the beginning of the 4th quarter I mentioned I’d like to see the Broncos break 50 points. Needless to say that last field goal was icing on the cake.
Final Score 52-20.
I’m “D” the Ranter and these Eagles were tamed.
September 25, 2013
Red Sox vs Rockies…Todd Helton’s Last Game at Coors Field.
I knew this day was going to be insane when I arrived an hour and a half early to Coors Field and it looked like Opening Day. DJ pumping out some techo on Blake Street and Rockies fans everywhere wearing #17 jerseys, it was an incredible sight. I normally don’t wear player’s jerseys (I have my Ranter jerseys), but there was a time when I did wear #17′s.
I arrived early with the intention of soaking in the sights and sounds of the last game my favorite player would ever play at Coors Field.
However, I found myself trying to snag a good place in line as it was not only Todd’s last home game it was his bobble head day and Rockies fans (including yours truly) dig-em. In fact Rockies fans like their bobble heads so much every single one of them showed up 2 hours early.
Never have I ever seen a crowd that big trying to get inside Coors Field at once. I’m glad I entered Coors early because as I hit the front row of the pavilion I noticed a 20th Anniversary logo ball sitting on the warning track. Twenty two games this season and I had not snagged a Rockies Anniversary ball. I noticed Chad Bettis walking up to the ball and I really wanted that ball. So I went a little out of my comfort zone and said “Sir, I’ve been to a lot of games this year and I’ve yet to snag a commemorative ball, any chance I could talk you out of that one.”
Chad looked up, smiled and tossed it to me. Never hurts to ask I guess
Looks like Dinger snagged a pair of Helton’s briefs.
This picture show is all about Helton.
Tulo joining the crowd.
Rockies gift to Helton.
Rockies…You got this one right!
Former Rockie Brad Hawpe.
Gone, just like everyone in attendance knew it would be.
Coors Field goes absolutely nuts!
One last trip home.
I’m proud of the Rockies for the way they did Helton’s last game. Props to the Red Sox for being cool during the whole ceremony.
It was hard to upload and look at all these pictures as it brought back the feeling I experience during the game. Helton has been there as long as I’ve been going to Rockies games on a regular basis.
Now there’s just a big empty first base. I hope they leave the 17 in the outfield.
There was a guy carrying around this picture of Todd as a Centaur for the last few games I went to.
Weird as hell but blog worthy.
I’m ”D” the Ranter.
Who’s gonna be the leader of the Rockies now? Most of us know who it shouldn’t be.
I feel like the off-season blues are gonna be a whole lot bluer.
Good luck to you Todd and thanks for all the Memories!
Ravens vs Broncos
First Game of the 2013 Regular Football Season.
I never really cared one way or the other about the Baltimore Ravens until last year. Losing to the Ravens in the Playoffs created an instant distaste for those dirty birds.
A dude named Jacoby Jones ripped my heart out last season and I’ve never fully recovered…
Until now that is :)
I’m not here to give you the stats of this game, there are folks who get paid to do that shit. I’m here to describe the feeling. As confident as Bronco fans wanted you to think we were going into this game, I believe each of us had just an inkling of doubt slingshoting around inside our heads. That little BB of doubt made me nervous because this was the first game of the NFL season and it was televised nationally with the entire country wondering/watching what the Broncos would do to try to even the score.
I like Joe Flacco about as much as I like gum stuck to my shoe.
The fact his mug was hanging down from Sports Authority Field like a set of bumper nuts was an insult to hard working Bronco fans who paid for this stadium.
Hey NFL…The home of the Broncos will NEVER be “neutral” territory. Props to ya for showing us whose boss though. You totally won that battle…Fregg’n bully.
Props also go to my wife Krista for gett’n there early and gett’n us a tailgating spot. Perfect for a lil Cornhole.
Here’s some video from the Opening Ceremonies.
Half hour Lightning delay.
Delivering of the Game Ball.
Manning’s first pass.
Decker having a bad case of the dropsies.
The first half of this game did nothing to ease my nervousness. In fact it made things worse. The few Ravens fans scattered throughout my section were becoming increasingly confident and it’s never good when that happens. If you are brave enough to wear your colors in enemy territory I feel like the last thing you should be is confident.
Not sure what was said at halftime but it worked.
Dumbass play of the Game. How about we just hang on to the ball and never drop it once we’re in the end zone?
Any doubts I had about the Broncos were gone. K and I just sat back and watched the P-F-Manning show and enjoyed every microsecond of this much needed and deserved Ravens ass-whoop’n.
So did the rest of World.
AFC Champions is not good enough this year….It’s Superbowl or bust baby, it has to be.
Ravens…I still don’t like ya, but now I know you’ve got a reason not to like us….7 TD’s…lol
I’m ”D” the Ranter.
3rd Year Broncos Season Ticket Holder. 5th level, North End Zone…Front Row (Just above John Elway in the Ring of Fame).
Dodgers vs Rockies Game 2
Family day for the Ranter crew.
With most fireworks shows in Colorado cancelled we felt fortunate to be sprawled out on Coors Field enjoying the kick-ass fireworks display the Rockies always put on several times a season.
I took some game pictures today and a combination of low light and wrong settings turned out a film card worth of pictures too bad to post. However I nailed the proper setting for the fireworks
Full house for the Fireworks game as usual.
I’m “D” the Ranter and before I forget…The Rox lost game 2 in this series to the Dodgers 10-8.
Phillies vs Rockies Game 3
June 16, 2013
I didnt’ take a whole bunch of pictures today. It was Father’s day and I was kinda chill’n.
Here are some of the ones I liked.
Most colorful fan
It was Walt Weiss Bobble Head day so Walt threw out the first pitch to his son.
Here’s Walt’s bobble head.
Baby Bull hits the first homer of the game.
This dude catches it.
Props to Chacin for pitching 8 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.
Rockies get the win over the Phillies 5-2 and take the series at Coors. The best part of this game for me was visiting with my old friend Kevin and meeting his wife Lindsey.
Happy 1st Anniversary to you both
I’m “D” the Ranter and this is my new format.