Gamer Life

In spite of one’s best efforts, things happen outside of the game board.

Feb 092017

For 40 years, there were no Denver Broncos in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Not any. None, nil, nada, zip.* Every year for 40 years, four or five or seven new players would be inducted, none of whom were Broncos, and the world went on as if nothing was wrong.

Meanwhile the Bronco players were winning games, making Super Bowls, being selected for the Pro Bowl. But not the Hall of Fame.

* Two Hall of Fame players made brief stops in Denver – Willie Davis of the Raiders, and Tony Dorsett of the Cowboys. Yes they played in Denver for a minute or two. No they are not Broncos. They don’t count.

This always struck me as unfair, but also, statistically unlikely. No one? Not a single Bronco in forty years? Is someone doing this on purpose?

The drought ended in 2004, and now includes four-and-a-half Broncos. John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Floyd Little, Gary Zimmerman (half Bronco/half Viking) and joining this year, Terrell Davis.

Which is way better than it was, but still way worse than it ought to be. Speaking subjectively, I have no doubt that the Broncos have been one of the NFL’s top teams since 1977; this logically leads one to expect that they would also be among the most represented in the Hall of Fame. But they are not, they are among the least represented.

But are they really? I believe that the Denver Broncos are under-represented when compared to their performance. How much of my certainty on this topic is real, and how much is hopeless fandom? I am a fan, and the word “fan” comes from the word “fanatic”. Fanaticism is not logical. Maybe I should apply some math to this.
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