While we all love the Denver Broncos, there are only 76,125 seats on the field. And life isn’t always fair enough to make us all kind and close to Denver, the Broncos, and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Therefore, for many Broncos fans who cheer the team through on TV, going home is a way of life.
What is affiliation? Simply put: anything and everything you do to create a playful atmosphere right there in your home or yard.
If you’re anything like me, having multiple priorities in life (and too many companies saying “no” to your spouse) prevents you from decorating your living room in orange and blue as plain décor. But when it comes to gameday, that means you need portable and storable alternatives. Thumbscrews, tape, and command bars are your friends, along with a box of logos, photos, and other murals. This makes a great start.
Add a blanket or two from Broncos to hang on the back of a sofa or other furniture, and you’re on track. And if you can swing it, a small rug can help hold it together. Bonus points set up for John Elway or Peyton Manning bobblehead to watch the game with you.
Scaling it up to a more personal level, wearing a T-shirt or at least a Broncos T-shirt is arguably the must-have item for an at-home hour party. If you can control or do nothing else, at least that will hopefully be an option. Maybe you have a lucky shirt. Or maybe you wear a different player’s strings depending on the mood or opponent. I know I’d probably pull off my Chris Harris Jr’s blue jersey if we needed a great defensive display, or Manning’s orange No. 18 if offense needed a blast.
The food is an essential and wonderful part of the experience. However, it is one of those very individual things. Wings, of course, is the classic title. But the sheer variety of foods a gameday can have is something to celebrate.
Pizza, sauces, nachos/queso, jalapeno poppers, skins fries, friend <أدخل أي شيء تقريبًا> Burgers, hot dogs… the options are endless and the favorites vary from place to place.
As an out-of-state cheerleader who lives more or less in the South, barbecue is an essential part of my NFL playing days. Depending on when you start, I’ll happily spend Sunday (and/or Saturday night) slathering on my offset smoker as it slowly and steadily cooks up some delicious ribs, brisket, or pulled pork.
Barbecue has the added benefit of being a great way to feed the crowd. But when many hands hold the ribs, and other sides still have to be eaten, the famously thick and sticky barbecue sauces are more of a problem than a benefit. So on game days, I tend to rely on my favorite dry rub recipe to make detangling faster, easier, and cleaner for everyone involved. I’ll include it here, in case BBQ piqued your interest in the next Sunday in the NFL.
Taylor DIY Dry Scrub
- 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon celery seeds
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- Combine it all and use a fork or whisk to mix it well and break up any clumps. Sprinkle a little extra rub on top after the meat is cooked through.
- Salt separately to taste when using on ribs. When using it on pork shoulder, add 3 tablespoons of salt per batch.
- And if you want to add some flavor to it, adding a tablespoon of cayenne pepper works well.
The best part about any Bronco game is trying it out with others. Gather in the family, a group of friends, or even a neighbour. Enjoy some of this wonderful caterpillar. Play some horseshoes, corn pit or ladder ball together. Make some prop bets with serious or silly bets. Take a moment to enjoy the complete lack of things like traffic, restroom lines, ridiculous food and beer prices and (hopefully) annoying hooters dressed in the other team’s colors. Then sit back and spend a few fun hours cheering the boys up in orange and blue.