Teenager fired from his job for wearing Broncos jersey to work

Nathaniel-WentzNathaniel Wentz is a 17-year-old Denver Broncos fan who lives in Washington. With Peyton Manning and company set to take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, Wentz has been put in an awkward spot. He probably didn’t think it would cost him his job.

Wentz used to be the manager at Odyssey 1 family entertainment center in Tacoma. On Sunday, employees were supposedly told that they were welcome to wear football jerseys to work to show off their team spirit on the day of the NFC and AFC Championship games. When Wentz showed up wearing a Broncos jersey, he was sent home.

“I thought, wow. Really?” Nathaniel’s father Randall told King 5 News.

Randall said he called and asked to speak to the store’s owner but never received a call back. The next day, Nathaniel was informed that he had been fired. Apparently the store owner only meant that his employees could wear Seahawks jerseys to work, though Nathaniel said he did not specify.

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Broncos fans say pigeon poop is ruining their experience at the game

There are a number of things fans expect to have to deal with when purchasing a ticket to an NFL game. Traffic, weather, high concession prices and parking are just a few. Getting crapped on by a pigeon is a bit more out of the ordinary, but Broncos fans sitting in section 306 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High say it is something they have been dealing with.

“There were some people messing around behind me and someone grabbed my shirt,” season ticket holder Allison Harden said according to The Coloradoan. “I found out a pigeon had pooped on the back of my shirt.”

Allison and her husband, Jeff, say they saw several other people hit with the stink before and during the game. She says people sitting in the $250 seats had to use towels to cover their heads and were turning their popcorn bags into covers for their drinks. The Hardens reported the problem to stadium employees and were told it has been going on for years.

“There’s actually a plastic owl,” Jeff Harden said. “I’m sure they set that up there at one point to deter the pigeons. It’s obviously not working. It’s a health issue. There’s people with drinks. There’s open food containers.”

General Manager of Stadium Management Company Andy Gorchov released a statement saying the safety and comfort of fans is the No. 1 priority of the stadium’s maintenance team but noted that outdoor stadiums sometimes have issues with birds. If it has been going on for years and is as bad as the fans say it is, something definitely has to be done.

If you thought having a game delayed by bees or possible being exposed to rabies was a problem, try sitting through four quarters of a football game wondering if and when a bird is going to take a dump on your head.

H/T Game On!

Broncos fan’s obituary says he hated Peyton Manning and ‘wanted out’ before signing was completed

Nothing screams sports fanatic quite like an angry obituary. This one comes from the Columbia Tribune in Missouri about a big-time Broncos fan who died Monday.

James H. “Jim” Driver, 78, of Eagle, Colo., formerly of Columbia, Mo., passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at South Hampton Place in Columbia after a brief illness. An avid Broncos fan, he abhorred Manning and evidently wanted out before a deal was done.

It seems like some editorializing was going on by the person who wrote the obituary, but who’s to say the Peyton Manning news didn’t help push Mr. Driver out the door? I guess the world may never find out. Hey, at least this obituary wasn’t as nasty as the anti-Joe Mauer one from last September.

H/T Deadspin
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Broncos Fan Breaks Out Championship Belt After Tim Tebow Touchdown Pass (Picture)

Broncos fans may be passionate, but they’re not exactly the sharpest cats around. Take this guy for instance. He’s sitting there in the stands at Mile High Stadium, championship belt in hand, probably waiting for the right moment to break it out and wave it around. He probably ripped it off his waste with pride after Tim Tebow threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal.

Has anybody bothered to point out to him that the Broncos haven’t won a championship? Moreover, Aaron Rodgers has pretty much taken over that bit in the NFL. Unless it was an AFC West division champion belt, that was pretty lame. Even in that case, it’s still lame.

More Than 70% of People in Denver Think the Broncos Will Lose to Steelers

Anyone who puts a lot of stock into momentum leading up to the NFL playoffs likely won’t be giving the Broncos any kind of shot to beat the Steelers this weekend. Denver has lost its last three games, including an embarrassing offensive performance and a 7-3 loss against the Chiefs last weekend. Very few would argue that they are a better team than the Steelers, but Denver gets to play at home and we have seen much stranger things happen in the NFL playoffs (see: 2010 Seattle Seahawks). Broncos fans, however, do not seem very confident heading into the Wild Card round.

According to a poll taken by FOX 31 in Denver, 73 percent of the people in Denver believe Tim Tebow and company will lose to Pittsburgh this weekend. The voting is now closed with 840 people having responded. Obviously that does not represent the entire population of Broncos fans, but it is a fairly decent indication of the toll the last three weeks have taken on their confidence.

The Broncos may need a little extra assistance from Jesus if they want to advance deeper into the playoffs, but where there’s a will there’s a way.  We certainly know Tebow isn’t lacking in the will category.  Head coach John Fox is also hoping Broncos fans will do their part and hold onto their tickets.

“We’ve got unique fans here,” Fox said. “I would encourage all of them to keep their seats and not sell them to Pittsburgh fans.”

Denver will need an edge from the home crowd and will need Tebow to be on his game.  If the game were in Pittsburgh, I’d be predicting a rout.  Since I fully expect Mile High to bring the noise, the Broncos have a shot.

Fan Gets Bill Belichick Tattoo After Losing Bet (Video)

Broncos fan Brady Wagner was so sure his team would beat the Patriots Sunday, he wagered a tattoo with a childhood friend. If Denver won, Wagner’s friend would have to get a Tim Tebow tattoo. If the Patriots won, Wagner agreed to get a Bill Belichick tattoo.

We all know what happened next. Tebow was no match for Tom Brady, and the Patriots who won 41-23. Wagner lived up to the bet and got a Belichick signature tattooed on his body. Here’s the video:

<a href='http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=f381341c-bce2-4c8a-baac-20a015627588&#038;src=v5:embed::' target='_new' title='Lose bet, get Belichick tatoo' >Video: Lose bet, get Belichick tatoo</a>

I don’t know about you, but I find this story to be pretty lame. The whole allure of getting a tattoo after losing a sports bet is gone if we’re wagering on regular season games. This is something that has to be done after milestones — like when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, or when Tebow won five games as a starter. A Week 15 game is something you bet a six-pack of beer on, not a tattoo.

Come on guys, you’re killing the whole tattoo as punishment for losing a bet thing.

Broncos Fans Plan to Buy Billboards Calling for Team to Start Tim Tebow

There aren’t many fans in the NFL more passionate than Broncos fans. There aren’t many fans in sports more fervent than Tim Tebow fans. When you combine the two, the result is quite the monster.

During Monday night’s loss to the Raiders, some fans began chanting for Tim Tebow to enter the game in place of starting quarterback Kyle Orton. Screaming Tebow’s name during games is not enough for some fans. A group of fans decided to kick their efforts up a notch by attempting to purchase pro-Tebow billboards.

One fan and seven of his buddies were saving up money to travel to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Instead, they’ve decided to apply the money towards purchasing billboards in Denver calling for the team to start Tebow at quarterback.

“We believe in Coach Fox, we’re just tired of Kyle Orton,” one of the fans leading the effort told The Denver Post. “We were sitting around after Fox said he didn’t hear the chants for Tebow, and we figured if he’s deaf, we hope he’s not blind.”

The billboards would cost around $10,000 and the fan says he’s already heard from other people who want to chip in.

Before they spend their money on this venture, we should caution them that billboards don’t always work. Some Bears fans wanted the coaching staff fired two years ago. Guess what? Lovie Smith is still there. And the last time Denver fans put up a billboard their prayers were not answered. From what I can tell, the only billboard that seemed to work recently was this one.

You’re wasting your money if you do this, guys. All you’re doing is getting some pub — a few signs are not going to change John Fox’s mind.