Running Full Throttle in a Bottle
Chiefs vs Broncos (1/1/2012)
The Ranter family was highly anticipating this game for several reasons. Firstly this game featured the first ever match-up between Denver’s former Quarterback Kyle Orton and Denver’s new Quarterback Tim Tebow.
The Broncos were just one win away from winning the AFC West and Kyle Orton was on a mission to destroy Denver’s playoff chances, shove a win down Denver fan’s throats, and put on a solid performance as teams that could need a Quarterback next season will be watching his performance closely.
The other reason we were excited was I had recently won a contest sponsored by Bud Light. I won the chance to wear a Bud Light bottle suit and race two other bottles on the field during halftime at this particular game.
In addition Bud light and the Broncos awarded me two tickets to the game and a parking pass. We decided it would be fun to take Mylee and Hunter so they could see their dad dressed up like a beer bottle at halftime. I was stoked and very much looking forward to being able to stand on the Broncos field for the first time. More on this whole experience further into this blog entry…
Here are the kids pre-game. This was their first official Broncos tailgating experience, they’re quick learners.
The weather was decent for tailgating and we spent some time chatting with Andy from Spring training and Hunter and I tossed around the football.
Hunter managed to tell off some KC fans in his own special way.
The Mile High skydivers were in full effect. I wish I could show you all of these photos, they’re really cool.
The big flag.
The coin toss. The coin is in the air next to the cameraman’s shoulder.
A couple of shots of Tebow coming out of the Broncos tunnel.
Here are some game pictures I took in no particular order.
About halfway through the second quarter the folks who were doing the Bud Light race arrived at my seat to take me down to field level. When I arrived at the end of the tunnel field level there were six minutes left before halftime. I was allowed to watch the game from that spot until two minutes were left then it was time to get my bottle suit on. I was given the Bud Light Lime bottle (I had no choice), and about a 30 lb backpack to strap on my back to keep the bottle pumped up.
Then the other bottles and I returned back to the tunnel and waited anxiously for halftime. I’m the white and green bottle.
I had a lot of friends at this game and as competitive as I am I had to win this thing. I had spent several days pondering exactly what I’d do if I won.
In the end I decided I absolutely had to spike the ball and do a “Tebow” while in the bottle suit.
Me standing around enjoying the moment.
Here’s what the race consisted of. We were supposed to run to the 10 yard line drop and do 5 push ups. Then run through the cones and across a ladder. Next I had to catch a football and haul ass back to the start line.
Simple enough right?
Well the announcer Roach said “On you mark, get set” then he pause a few extra seconds and in that time I stepped forward then to be fair I stepped back. As I was stepping back Roach said “Go”.
I was behind from the very start.
I stopped exactly on the 10 yard line to do my push ups but the other bottles kept going.
As I started to push up I stopped to look up and see why the other bottles kept going.
Then I saw them finally drop and I knocked out my push ups.
I managed to gain some ground in the cones even though Bud Light Wheat (the orange bottle), skipped two of them.
By the time I hit the ladders I had a small lead.
Then the dude tossed me the football and I dropped it.
At that point I was like “Shit”, and I scrambled to find the football. It only took me a few seconds to find the ball but it’s not easy bending over in a bottle suit.
Once I regained possession of the ball the race was back on but I was dead last again.
I was gaining ground fast.
The fear of losing was taking over my old body and I reached deep inside for that last burst of energy.
I managed to catch Bud Light Wheat and it was a photo finish. In the end I was announced the winner(remember the Bud Light Wheat bottle skipped two cones).. :)
I was a bit winded but I scored a win for my kids and my fans.
And if you’re wondering if I pulled of my T-Bud?(Thanks Todd)…You Betcha!
This is the video Krista shot of the whole thing.
Here’s what I won. A Broncos shirt, a Broncos pin, some stickers, a Bud Light hat, a Broncos magazine, a koozie, and the last thing in the bag was an envelope. The envelope contained a piece of paper that said I could choose an Authentic jersey of my choice.
Thank you for this opportunity Bud Light. That my friends is how you start out a New Year.
Chiefs beat the Broncos in the final game of the regular season and I still have no issues with losing Kyle Orton. His performance was Ho-Hum kinda dull, just like him.
If Orton’s plan was to send Denver fans a message, he didn’t. Props to the Denver Defense for keeping us in this game.
Broncos Coach John Fox has specifically asked Denver Season Ticket holders not to sell their tickets. This is because way back in 2006 (the last time the Broncos made the playoffs), Mile High Stadium was filled with more Steelers fans than Broncos fans and it was straight up embarrassing.
I’m “D” The Ranter and I’m still on the Tebow wagon, but I feel like my ass is dragg’n. The rest of America can go ahead and tell Tebow he can’t win a Superbowl.
Not me, I’ve recently seen life from inside the bottle and I believe…”D”