Broncos fever is going viral across the state

Rachel Popish-Kent, a teller at Alpine Bank, 225 N. Fifth St., dressed in a Denver Broncos jersey Friday morning. Many employees and bank customers did likewise. The Broncos will play the New England Patriots at 6 p.m. tonight in the AFC Divisional game in Foxborough, Mass. The game will be broadcast on channels 3 and 5 (CBS) and on radio station 96.1-FM (KSTR).

Sam’s Club created a huge double-cookie cake with a favorite Bible verse of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, John 3:16, and the word “believe.” Tebow often wore the verse numbers in his eyeblack when he was a quarterback at the University of Florida.

Spencer Pike didn’t do it to make money. The Denver Broncos fan was just having fun.

Pike, owner of RockyTops, 535 Main St., created a T-shirt of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s face on a $100 bill with the words, “Show me the,” right above.

“I sold more shirts than I would have if Kyle Orton was still the quarterback,” Pike said. “I like the Broncos, always have, so we just wanted to have some fun with it. I’m more of a fan and didn’t expect to make anything.”

While Friday was the day more Broncos paraphernalia could be found around the city and state, honoring the team has been the theme of the week.

At the statehouse, Gov. John Hickenlooper briefly donned a Denver Broncos hat during his State of the State speech Thursday and cheered the team to defeat the New England Patriots in their playoff game tonight.

On Friday, Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, made national news when he released a letter he sent to Tebow to invite him to deliver the morning prayer in the Colorado House sometime in the near future.

And like Coloradans everywhere, representatives and senators traded their ties for Broncos shirts on the floor of the House and Senate.

Area businesses and schools did the same thing.

“It’s Bronco Day, so if you go to any of our schools, you’ll see a lot of orange and blue,” School District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland said Friday. “If it were the Super Bowl, we’d be actually closed, and we’d all be bowing to a statue of Tim Tebow.”

Several stores around the region, too, have gotten into the spirit, selling Broncos cakes and cookies of all shapes and sizes.

At Home Style Bakery of Grand Junction, Nichole Vandas and others at the 924 N. Seventh St. establishment had some fun making, and selling out, Broncos cookies.

They were shaped like footballs and had orange and blue frosting.

Tonight, several bars and restaurants are hoping people turn out to watch the game and order lots of food and drink, including those not normally known as places for watching sporting events.

Fine-dining restaurant 626 on Rood, 626 Rood Ave., is offering a special orange and blue cocktail to Broncos fans, owner and chef Theo Otte said.

“It’s the Hpnotiq Blue Liqueur and the Grey Goose L’Orange with pop rocks,” Otte said. “It’s a tasty cocktail. Kind of a fun thing.”

And what happens if the Broncos defeat the Patriots tonight?

While Vandas is looking into making some Broncos cupcakes, Pike’s thinking about a new T-shirt that features the old Orange Crush logo.

“Even if they don’t win, I can see doing it for next season,” he said. “Then I can bring out the shirts that say, ‘Raider fans in this area will be beaten.’”


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