Why this book will brighten your life

April 18, 2020

This publication is so unlike anything out there.  Because of the book, Denver’s CBS affiliate, named Scott Perry the Fan Of The Week on the Bronco’s Coaches show during the team’s 7th run to an AFC Championship in late 2013.


The idea behind ranking all clubs by regular season winning percentage was born in April 1986 after the Denver Broncos failed to make the playoffs with a record of 11-5 (NFL record tied by New England in 2008 after going 16-0 in ’07). The Cleveland Browns had won the AFC Central at 8-8 and hosted the Dolphins while Denver fans went Skiing.

 

The Patriots took that '85 tie breaker, won 3 road games and became victim number two in a 13 year run when the NFC would not let an AFC team hoist the Lombardi trophy. Walter Payton and the rest of the shuffling Chicago Bears claimed ’85 title really easily . The second to last straw was the fact the ’84 season was brutally ended by the Pittsburgh Steelers. They came to Denver with 9 wins and made pointless the earned 2nd seed & the 13-3 season of John Elway in his first year of being a starter all season long.


It had been 5 seasons since Scott moved back to Colorado from Rochester NY and still no playoff wins to give a glimmer of championship hope.

 

 

The plain facts are these… NFL Since 1970 is an effort to feel better because he knew he was the fan of a good team. Adding up all games from 1970 to 1985 was hopefully going to prove the point. With the correct inkling Denver had the least amount of wins as an original American Football League team, during its run from 1960 to 1969, he decided the best starting point to build up this esteem was when Denver and the rest of the AFL became the AFC and the NFL became the NFC. 1970 was when the playing field was leveled and each team could potentially face the other 25 each season. 


Brad Schultz, the author of a 2013 NFL book that actually uses text, chose the title The NFL Year One. The subtitle is: The 1970 season and the dawn of modern football. Thanks to Brad it is well documented a random year to the start this compilation was not picked to put the Broncos in a favorable light… Wishing to sweep the AFL past under the rug is pretty much a Bronco-fan only desire. Denver was the only team of original 8 to fail to play for the title by ’69 and lost, on average, 9 of 14 games each season.

 

Aside from the Broncos, this publication shows that with the arrival of the 1st of the 3 Super QB’s (Favre, Manning & Brady) in 1992 born was the idea that one guy… the right guy… could catapult a franchise stuck on the losing side of NFL Since 1970’s great divide (the compilation page). Seeing the effect of the perfect acquisition must encourage fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals. Through this publication Scott has become aware of all the joys and sorrows of each fan and wants his efforts to spotlight the histories that need a revival and mostly give young fans hope and determination for their team have glory days in their life-time even if their grandparents are still waiting after decades of distress.

 

(One more note on the author’s 35 year journey in this pursuit: the book is truly an organic pro-Denver tome that Scott never dreamed could be such an uplift even after his team ended the 50 seasons with 3 straight losing campaigns. 2019 was both that 50th anniversary of the AFL/NFL Merger and the 100th anniversary of the NFL’s start in the showroom of a car dealership in Canton Ohio…It didn't end the way Scott had hoped for his team but as long as 1st is in sight he knows there is a chance 

 

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