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Broncos fans petition to get Phil Simms off their games

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Denver Broncos fans are so sick of having color commentator Phil Simms broadcast their games on CBS they’ve started a petition to get the former New York Giants quarterback off their games.

The title of the petition is “Ban Phil Simms From Broadcasting Bronco Games,” and it was created by The Denver City Page. The petition is directed towards CBS and was launched on the website Change.org.

“We do not know why he is assigned to the Broncos games every year. It is sure and complete torture for Bronco Fans to have to listen to his biased drivel every week. Please sign this petition so our voice can be heard. We are tired of Phil Simms in Denver!” the petition states.

The Broncos have been regularly featured as the national game on CBS the past couple of years because they have superstar MVP quarterback Peyton Manning and one of the highest-scoring offenses in football. Couple that with them being in the Mountain Time Zone, and that results in them being the top CBS game. As a result, the top CBS broadcasting crew of Jim Nantz and Simms are assigned the game, leading Broncos fans to repeatedly hear the same guys call their games. And they’re sick of Simms.

Broncos fan site MileHighReport.com says Simms argued against the Broncos/lobbied in favor of the Chiefs for “virtually every penalty or near-penalty or close call under review” during Sunday’s Week 2 game. Simms was so aware of his slanted calls he even said, “I’m not sitting here rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs, but…” at one point.

Sports fans are incredibly fickle and can find anything to get upset about, so we wouldn’t put much stock into this. I will, however, say that Simms has become pretty annoying to me as a broadcaster. Then again, listen to enough guys enough and most of them will probably bother you.

The petition had 15,000 signatures as of Monday. They probably could get a couple hundred thousand if they wanted … and none of that would matter to CBS.

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Peyton Manning jerseys banned from Colorado school because of gang reasons

An anti-gang policy in the Weld County School System in Colorado has left students disappointed because they’re prevented from wearing Peyton Manning jerseys to school. One third grader even had to remove his Peyton Manning jersey.

“They told me I couldn’t wear 18 anymore because it’s a gang number and I had to take it off,” Konnor Vanatta told FOX 31 in Denver.

Weld County District 6 apparently has had this policy in place for more than three years, and it applies to the numbers 13, 14, 18, 31, 41 and 81, which all represent possible gang affiliations.

“We’re Broncos fans ourselves; it has nothing to do with that. We’re just wanting to set a consistent solid, example,” district spokesperson Roger Fiedler told FOX 31.

Students aren’t banned from supporting the Broncos, they just have to be careful about what numbers they wear. Vanatta wore a jersey with a different number to school on Tuesday.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a student forced to remove a jersey, but this was actually for a much better reason. If Peyton Manning wants to show solidarity with Colorado’s youth, then maybe he should consider changing his jersey number.

H/T Around the League