As most of my reader know, I live in the Denver area and I work for a local newspaper. This means two things: the hometown team, the Denver Broncos, just won Super Bowl 50 and my boss wants me to head to the parade, just because it’s historic.
The local school districts are not cancelling classes, but if your kids miss school to attend the parade, you bet it’s excused! Some of the private schools are even making them half days, to the chagrin of teachers who had planned tests for the end of the grading period.
It’s hard to not be excited (although some of my coworkers don’t care) and getting sucked into the hype is effortless. Despite not being a super fan who jumps up and down when the calls go our way, I was so happy to be in the presence of others who were THAT excited, fans who cried as the win got closer, and who ran through the street shouting with excitement, joy, and other seemingly limitless emotions.
On the other hand, there was the post-game press conference, where everyone was being interviewed in an arena, where Cam Newton walked out of his interview. He looked devastated. I wanted to reach out and hug him, comfort him, and let him know it’s alright to have no words. He looked like he was still in shock. And here in Broncos Country, he was getting bashed and bad-mouthed left and right. There seems to be no end to the list of bad things to say about him.
Someone mentioned that in Peyton Manning’s first Super Bowl loss, he walked off the field, not congratulating the other team at all, so how is this different? (News story here)
After reading the Yahoo! blog, I realized that the only one who can stop the bashing is Peyton Manning. I hope that another player sticks up for Cam, shuts down the haters. He’s young, younger than me, and inexperienced. He will grow to become gracious like Manning if given the opportunity. My only wish is that he can forgive himself for any perceived failures and learn and grow from this loss.