AFTER THE WHISTLE

A change of color

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— On Thursday, Broncos fans discovered they had at least a couple of things for which they could be thankful.

First, it was that the team could get a 26-24 win over the hapless Dallas Cowboys in big D. But, even more importantly, Broncos fans can find comfort in the fact that those ugly royal blue and bright orange uniforms have been moth-balled in favor of something less painful for the eyes.

In fact, I can't even imagine how somebody came up with the crazy idea of pulling them out of the trash can for a single game. Maybe it was a move by some turkey rights activists just to spoil everybody's Thanksgiving dinner.

Next to the team's two Super Bowl wins, the best thing that ever happened to the Broncos was the day the owners traded in those uniforms for something a little more stylish.

Some faithful Broncos fans, even a couple in my office, will argue that those old blue and orange uniforms were great. After all, that was the uniform that John Elway modeled for the majority of his career. The hometown team wore those colors during The Drive, The Fumble and inspired the infamous Orange Crush defense.

But even Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan and player Rob Smith took a shot at the Broncos' Turkey day duds in The Denver Post.

But it seems to me that those jerseys would be better suited for a late-October hunting trip rather than a late-January appearance in the Super Bowl.

When the new uniforms were first unveiled I remember listening to some fans as they complained about the new look.

Was it true?

No "real" Broncos fan would change his or her colors why that's disrespectful. Right?

A more popular blue and just a splash of brilliant orange could never replace the feelings and memories associated with the classic colors.

But, after watching the game on Thursday, it was hard to imagine why any fan would be attached to those old rags.

The only uniforms that are uglier are the ones the Colorado Avalanche will wear for a limited number of games this season or those Nuggets uniforms that featured the Denver skyline. Thankfully, those have been retired as well.

Normally, I don't pay any attention to what other teams wear on the field, court or ice.

Uniforms mean very little in the big picture and I'm sure that no national titles have ever been won based on a team's uniform.

But on Thursday, as I sat down to eat a Turkey dinner with my family, I realized that I am thankful for the current Broncos uniforms.

Sure, the team may still be in need of a good running back, a couple of talented wide receivers and a defense as imposing as the old Orange Crush.

But, at least they look good when they lose.

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