12/20/09 Broncos vs Raiders Invesco Field at Mile High
I don’t have the opportunity or money to attend a lot of Broncos football games. Since they built Invesco Field at Mile High and tore down the old Mile High Stadium ticket prices for a Broncos game have become ridiculious.
I picked up these tickets in August for Krista’s birthday present.(Thanks Dan). We never miss the Broncos/Raiders game.
I’m not so sure you could say the same about a Broncos fan working his way back to his car in Oakland.
Bronco fans take their tailgating seriously. Krista and I had spent the previous night in Colorado Springs at a long time friend of ours X-mas party so our tailgating consisted of a six-pack and a couple of Subway subs.
With that said we had food and booze… what more do you need to successfully tailgate?
Ok,… one of these contraptions might be nice but remember folks I was scraping just to afford the damn tickets in the first place…Cool stuff though. The parking lot was filled with Bronco vehicles and maniacs of all kinds.
Notice it says “The Greatest Superfan Ever…Nice touch Broncos.
Did I mention it was a beautiful day?
It’s not often you can catch a Broncos game in December and not need a heavy jacket.
As I had hoped, before the game started there was a video tribute to the Barrel Man. Instead of a moment of silence they called for a Broncos Cheer. Additionally they did the wave starting in the South Stands until the game started.
That was cool. I have no idea what else the Broncos Organizaton may have planned for the memory of the Barrel Man. I did notice during the game when they were trying get the fans pumped up the Barrel Man would pop up on the big screen and give a cheer…I liked that.
Here are some more random pictures.
Don’t even ask me what the hell this was.
The Raiders had our number today. The Broncos defense was non-existant. Kyle Orton was totally off his mark today and it’s not easy to miss Brandon Marshall as he’s a really big dude with long arms.
Here’s a shot of the almost final score.
Second year in a row the Raiders have beat the Broncos at home and we paid to see it. The Broncos lost this one in the last minute of the game. Such is football I guess.
D The Rockpile Ranter
Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve sat in front of a computer staring at my blog. It seems different now. Before when I was blogging I was running on adrenaline. Now, I don’t feel rushed anymore.
Our move to the mountains really taxed my ability to attend Rockies games, work full time, be a father and keep up a top ten MLBlog.
At the end of the Rockies/Phillies post-season game aka “The coldest post-season game in history” I was mentally done for a while as you could see in the lack of recent entries.
However, myself being a super fan in Colorado it would be impossible for me not to write an entry on the recently passed Bronco Superfan..the Barrel Man.
Without fans professional sports cease to exist.
Most might disagree but in my small mind I consider myself the Rockies unofficial mascot.
This man also was considered the Broncos unofficial mascot.
Although when you make the Hall of Fame that in my eyes sort of makes it official.
I’ve attended 1-2 Broncos home games for at least the last ten years. Almost every game I’m dressed in several layers and by the time I get home I’m ready for a hot bath.
Not the Barrel Man. Nobody except he and his wife knew what he wore underneath that barrel.
Everything on the outside of that orange cylinder was exposed to the brutal elements.
Simply amazing. The temperature of the “Coldest baseball post-season game in history” was a nut shriveling 27 degrees. That’s probably close to what the average temperature of a Broncos game in the winter time is.
Had I watched that Rockies game in dressed only in a barrel I would have been a popsicle.
I don’t know how the Barrel Man did it, but he did it…And he did it for a long time.
Here’s a little history on ‘The Man in the Can“.
“He wanted to see me on TV out in California,” McKernan said. “I had painted a barrel to make a drum out of it to look like an Orange Crush can, told him about it and he bet me 10 bucks that I didn’t have the guts to wear nothing but the barrel to a ball game.”
He retired from being the Barrel Man for thirty years after the 2007 Broncos season due to Doctor’s orders.
McKernan was the first Broncos fan inducted into the Visa Hall of Fans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Several years ago, McKernan sold the famous barrel he wore for Super Bowl XXXII for $30,000.
The Barrel Man had it autographed by 49 Broncos and he sold it to a Black Hawk, Colorado casino.
McKernan gave 10% of the profits to the Jubilee House in Gunnison, Colorado.
The Jubilee House is a domestic violence and sexual assault emergency shelter serving a large rural area in Colorado.
Ok Broncos, time to step up to the plate on this one. I have heard a lot of ideas for tribute to the Barrel Man and these are the ones that I liked. The Barrel Man should absolutely be in the Ring of Fame at Invesco Field at Mile High and a bronze statue of the Barrel Man should be erected somewhere in the South stands so the Barrel Man is is seen cheering on the Broncos for as long as the Broncos organization exists.
It’s not a lot to ask and as I mentioned at the beginning of this entry, without fans,… professional sports cease to exist.
The Barrel man may have been imatated but he’s never been duplicated.
That would be impossible because he was truly one of a kind
I trust the Broncos organization will do the right thing. I’ve never met the Barrel Man but I’ve been within a few feet of him at a Broncos game.
The guy was magnetic.
Krista and I will be at the next Broncos home game vs the Raiders on Dec 20th.
This will be the first Broncos home game since the Barrel Man has passed.
I really hope they have some kind of tribute for him. Fans like this one don’t come around often.
Got a Barrel Man Story? I’d love to hear it.
D…The Rockpile Ranter