Certainly looked like Patriots had been sampling local wares during Denver playoff game against Broncos.
Problem is, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady—the winningest quarterback in playoff history—are riding into town.
They made the playoffs just four times and managed to eke out only one playoff series win.
A debate conflicted with a Boston Bruins Stanley Cup playoff game.
The Broncos were a bad team (4-12) in 2010 and were made respectable in 2011 (8-8 and a playoff berth) largely because of Tebow.
His statistics in 20 playoff games so far—30.5 points a game, 9.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists.
Tickets are being scalped as if it were a playoff or even the World Series.
Another inherently conservative appeal: A playoff would be hopelessly complicated to establish.
Foreign-policy wonks talk about mission creep; our side worries about playoff creep.
In week 16, they clinched a playoff spot by knocking out the Pittsburgh Steelers with defensive scores.