Don’t Count On Championships Anytime Soon In Denver


The Broncos haven’t won since 1999, the Avs since 2001, the Rapids since 2010, and the Rockies nor Nuggets have ever won a Championship. Don’t count on any Championships here in Denver anytime soon.

Boston is going on an excellent run in sports going back to 2001 when the Patriots won a Super Bowl championship by upsetting the high-powered Rams. Since then, Boston saw their NFL team have three championships, their MLB team have three championships, their NBA team have one championship and their NHL team have one championship.

The good times continue to roll at the Hub. The Patriots have a chance to add another championship hardware to that championship-rich city on Sunday when they play the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. As a New Yorker, I am envious, especially after mocking that city for failing to win a championship as a kid growing up. Times have changed.

It wasn’t long ago Denver had a good run in sports. It started when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 1996 during the team’s first season in the Mile High City. Then, the Broncos follow it up by winning back-to-back Super Bowl championships in 1998 and 1999. The Avs won their second Stanley Cup in 2001.

This was the golden era of Denver sports. In due time, fans appreciated how good they had it with the Avs and Broncos. That’s what happens when Denver  hasn’t celebrated a championship since 2001. The Nuggets and Rockies gave good moments in the latter part of the last decade, but they did not win a title.

Last year’s Broncos had a chance to win a championship, but they were overmatched against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl last year. Their play and how they lost reflected how overmatched they were. That game was a symbol of what last season was all about. All of their good work last season meant nothing after the Super Bowl champs exposed the Super Bowl runner-up as a finesse team.

Last year was their best chance to win it all. They were one and done in the playoffs this year after the Broncos went down meekly against the Colts at home in the divisional playoff round.

It’s hard to be optimistic about the Broncos getting another opportunity of winning a championship despite what John Elway and Gary Kubiak believe. They have too many old players, especially their quarterback.  Maybe they prove me wrong. That’s the beauty of sports.

Outside the Broncos, it’s slim pickings when it comes to Denver teams winning a championship.

The Avalanche is a young team that is coached well by Patrick Roy. Problem is they are not good enough to win a Stanley Cup. They can score, but their defense leaves so much to be desired. Plus, it’s hard to believe Semyon Varlamov is good enough to steal games on his own come playoff time. He is not the goaltender that will be a difference maker. He will lose games on his own than win on his own.

The Avs are in a battle to make the playoffs by competing with the Wild, Stars, Flames and Kings. It remains to be seen if they make it. If they do, it’s hard to believe they are beating the Predators, Blues and Blackhawks in the first round considering those teams have dominated them this year.

The Nuggets are nowhere close to winning a championship anytime soon. If anything, they have to trade their core players away and start from scratch. That means plenty of tanking the next few years to get high picks. They are not making the playoffs with this roster anytime soon. Their core players are not good enough to take them to the playoffs.

The Rockies? AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!  The front office is incompetent when it comes to building a championship team, and Rockies owner Dick Monfort has no desire of fielding a championship team. He rather retains the incompetent people he trust to build a team rather than hire an outsider from a successful organization like the Cardinals or Athletics.

It’s hard to believe the Rockies are winning a championship in my lifetime. It was a miracle the Rockies made it to the World Series in 2007. The stars won’t be aligning right for this joke of a franchise again. It was a gift by baseball gods that everything went right for them in October 2007.

Monfort’s idea of success is making money, and Rockies fans provide him that by going to games and Fanfest. Winning a championship and winning games are the least of his priorities, and apparently, Rockies fans are content with that.

No way Colorado and Colorado State are winning national championships in revenue sports such as football and basketball in my lifetime. There are haves and have nots when it comes to revenue sports, and CU and CSU fall in the latter. Those two programs can’t keep up with other successful college programs in sports.

If Colorado State can get to Sweet 16 in basketball this year, it would be a boon for the men’s basketball program. It would be like winning a national championship. That’s their ceiling.

Problem with Denver’s teams is they are a small-market team that can only do so much. They don’t have the financial resources and settings like Boston, Chicago or New York to appeal players to play for them when they are free agents.

The Broncos can get stars thanks to the NFL’s salary cap, but the other Denver teams can’t. That’s a problem. They need to get good players to come play for them to win a championship.

Denver teams can’t rely on drafting and making trades alone. They need a free agent to help them get over the hump when it comes to winning championships.

It’s hard to think that is happening soon.

Championship drought in Denver will continue for the foreseeable future.

It’s hard to be optimistic about the state of teams that play in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins.

All Denverities can look at Boston with envy or jealously if the Patriots win another championship on Sunday.

That should be enough to make them root for the Seahawks.

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Leslie Monteiro

Leslie Monteiro

Leslie is a contributor for Lightning Rod Sports. He covered high school sports in Bergen County out in North Jersey, and has written op-ed columns on sports such as Bleacher Report and NY Sports Digest.

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