Before this past Sunday, the last time the Denver Broncos wore their blue-top, white-bottom uniforms was in January of 2012 on a col Mile High City night facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional playoffs. On that night, the underdog Broncos beat the Steelers in overtime, on an 80-yard touchdown by Demaryius Thomas.
After being ousted from the playoffs the following week in embarrassing fashion, John Elway set out to change the identity of the Broncos, signing future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, and changing the Broncos home uniforms to the orange alternates that fans have grown to love.
While the team has enjoyed regular season excellence since the change (45-10/82%), the team has struggled in the playoffs (2-3/40%), including the infamous 43-8 drubbing in Super Bowl XLVIII.
From the time owner Pat Bowlen took over the team, through the 1996 season, the Broncos went 126-80-1 (61%) during the regular season wearing the throwback orange uniforms. From 1997 through 2011, the team went 137-97 (58%) wearing the current alternate blue uniforms.
In the playoffs wearing orange, the Broncos went 7-7 (50%), including three losses in the Super Bowl. Wearing the blues they went 9-5 (64%) including two Super Bowl wins.
In 1997, after countless playoff let downs, Bowlen decided the team needed a new identity, something which would be spurred on by new uniforms. The move paid immediate dividends, as the Broncos won 32 games the next two seasons, including the two Super Bowls.
In 2012, when Elway made the move back to orange, the concept was the same—orange is what Broncos Country loves and is a part of the new identity of the team.
Unfortunately, the switch has not paid off, as the team has suffered through three disappointing playoff runs since. Most members of Broncos Country are well aware of the ugly history of the orange uniforms, as the team is 0-5 in Super Bowls with orange as their predominant uniform color. On the other hand, the Broncos are 2-0 in the blues.
What’s it going to take to recapture that Mile High Magic in January and February? I’d say the blue tops and white bottoms are a must. See Week 8.
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