The Arizona Experience:
The temperature at kickoff was listed at 103 degrees, marking the hottest temperature on record for a regular season game played at Sun Devil Stadium. On field temperature is generally considered to be about 5-10 degrees warmer than that listed.
The no-fly zone over NFL stadiums was obviously not in effect in Tempe, as commercial jets headed into Sky Harbor Airport flew surprisingly close to the stadiums upper deck. The view from the press box caused more than one Broncos reporter to utter a common phrase best left unpublished.
The Broncos first quarter performance was perhaps the worst team effort since the infamous Cincinnati game last year. While the Cardinals were racking up 151 total offensive yards, the Broncos failed to break single digits with nine yards.
Quarters two through four provided a different story altogether, as the Denver defense held Arizona to just 158-yards the rest of the game.
Easy Ed and the Theismann Connection:
ESPN football analyst Joe Theismann, himself a victim of a broken leg, telephoned Ed McCaffrey on Sunday offering any help or advice concerning his recent injury. Ironically, both Theismann and McCaffrey suffered the same injury, a broken fibula and tibia, on Monday Night Football, against the New York Giants.
With a bit more time on his hands these days, McCaffrey will return as co-host with Lionel Bienvenu, of Monday Night Live on KMGH-Channel 7 at 6:30 p.m., before Monday Night Football.
Mile High Farewell:
Over 35,000 people watched John Elway and Joe Montana battle it out one last time on the hallowed fields of Mile High Stadium on Saturday. The event, an all-star flag football game, will be the final event scheduled at Mile High before it is torn down.
True to form the Elway-led team captured a 34-33 victory.
Other notable Broncos appearing were Craig Morton, Karl Mecklenberg, Rick Upchurch, Randy Gradishar, Vance Johnson, Mark Jackson, and Floyd Little.
A portion of the proceeds from the game will be donated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon. Police and firefighters also took up collections for the rescue workers.
An hour long fireworks display followed the game.
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