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Tale of 2 Denvers & 1 Team
DENVER, IOWA (CBS2/FOX28) The big Broncos, Seahawks showdown will play out on FOX28 on Sunday, and, as Super Bowl 48 approaches, fans are gearing up, just like the team, especially in Denver, Iowa.
Denver, Iowa may only be a city of 1700, but the city has plenty in common with Denver, Colorado. First, theres the Denver Public Library. Then, there are the mounds of snow. But, most importantly, theres the motto. The cities share similar claims to fame. While Denver, Colorado is the Mile High City Denver, Iowa, is the Mile Wide City.
East to West its a mile wide, I believe! Shawn Lampe said. Shawn is one of a hand full of big time Broncos fans in Denver, Iowa. Anybody that knows me knows that the Broncos are my life! Lampe explained.
Yep, Denver, Iowa has Broncos fans too. At Barts End Zone on Friday night, they sported their team colors and were getting in the spirit of the game. Owner Bruce Bartling even is offering free wings to customers for the Super Bowl which he said should be a big party. A big party for one team, that is.
I dont know any Seahawks fans. I dont know any in Denver, I dont know anybody that admits to being a Seahawk fan! Bartling said.
The Denver Iowans that are Broncos fans have the Orange Crush, bad.
MJ Dolan lived in Denver, Colorado for a few years. Thats where he met his wife. Honestly, it was a love United in Orange. When they moved back to MJs home state of Iowa, the city of Denver, was the perfect fit. In their new home, Traci Dolan had a plan for her husband.
He went on a fishing trip a couple of years ago, and I decided to surprise him and did the whole thing in orange and blue! Traci said of MJs basement.
Denver Iowas Broncos fans call it MJs Man Cave. They watch all the Broncos games there. It has two TVs, a pool table, a couch, a sectional and a half bar. Plus, there is Broncos memorabilia everywhere jerseys, posters and fat heads occupy all of the free space.
When it comes to Broncos game day, its always a party.
A lot of throwing stuff in bad times, but high fiving and knuckling each other when things go good! MJ said.
Plus, theyre more than a little superstitious.
If you get a win, you have to wear the same clotheswashing is optional!" Traci said.
Denver might just be a place in Iowa where the air is a little thinner. If nothing else, it proves that whether Denver is a Mile High or a Mile Wide, Broncos fans are Broncos fans.