Why would they be down there the night before if they weren't from out of town and staying near the stadium? If the peoiple you were talking about were local, why would they be out on the town the night before with Broncos stuff on? Common sense tells you they're staying someplace downtown and are catching some of the local area while they're there. Don't be so dense.
Yes, I know there are some travelers. But when the people asking have southern accents, well.... you know.
Also, just because you don't live in Denver, doesn't mean you're not from there. I grew up in Colorado, then moved to San Diego for about 8 years, and went to many a Charger/ Bronco game, clad in all of my Bronco gear. Should I have dumped my team for the Chargers? Is that what you expect the people in Charlotte to do? lol I lived in San Diego, drove to the games, cheered for my team, and went home, right there in San Diego. A transplant city just like Charlotte. I often met people from out of state, out of town, from Colorado etc etc. that were there for the game. People absolutely do travel for games, don't kid yourself.
I didn't dump the Panthers when I lived in Europe, Georgia, Missouri, Minnesota or Washington State. But I didn't go to a Seahawks vs. Rams game in Seattle dressed in Rams gear to be a douche, either. That's what people here do. Every week at BOA, you see the same douches wearing a brand new jersey of whatever team we're playing. That was the point of the comment I made.
I have no problem with the transplants who show up and support the Panthers against 30 other opponents, then cheer their original team when they come to town. We have plenty of those as well.
If you want to try and allude that it's a bunch of bandwagon jumpers, you're sadly mistaken. I know it's hard to imagine, but the Broncos fanbase stretches far and wide. Many that grew up, not just in Colorado, but in surrounding states, grew up Broncos fans. We're the only show in town for something like a 1200 mile diameter circle around Denver, and much farther depending which direction you go. We have one of the longest home game sellout streaks in the NFL dating back to pre NFL merger. Broncos fans are many. Sorry if your stadium, town, forum got temporarily infiltrated, but that's just too bad.
Yes, I know the Broncos are the (geographic) home team for much of the Western US. You're not telling me anything new. I mean, west of the Mississippi, you've got two teams in Missouri, one in Arizona, and four on the west coast. And only one in between. I wonder which team gets all the TV time for all the land between Kansas and Nevada? Before the Panthers existed, we usually had Redskins games. As a result, you'll probably find just as many Redskins fans in the Carolinas as you will find Panthers fans.
Its still a young franchise, and for its age and being in a transplant city, I really can't complain about its fanbase. But any fanbase thats endured what we've been through since 2009 would be struggling.
You don't go from 12-4, and taking the defending Super Bowl champs to OT in their house, to 2-14 without making poor decisions that alienate even your most hardcore fans.
Does winning and having Manning on your team help? Well no sh*t, but don't get it twisted, most of us have been here and many of us have been here for a very long time. You're an expansion team, still in it's first generation. We were one of the original AFL teams. You have quite a number of decades/ fathers passing down their team allegiances to catch up to.
I'm not getting it twisted. Just as we have many "Camwagoners," your team has many "Manningwagoners". It was obvious on Sunday - folks in brand new Manning jerseys with no idea that Gary Kubiak was a Broncos QB before he was a Texans coach, and clueless about McCaffrey or Bubby Brister. I really liked the one guy I asked "who's a better CB, Champ Bailey or Darrien Gordon?" He'd never heard of Darrien Gordon.