Super Bowl XLVIII: Maybe the Denver Broncos Should Have Worn White

By Clyde A. Speller
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After winning the AFC Championship, and learning that they will face the Seattle Seahawks, the Denver Broncos were labeled as the home team in Super Bowl XLVIII. With this being given to them, they chose to wear their home orange jerseys instead of their road whites or their alternate blue uniforms.

Leading up to the Super Bowl, I mentioned that the Broncos had a good chance of breaking their orange jersey jinx. During their existence, Denver has appeared in six Super Bowls, prior to Super Bowl XLVIII. In those six games, they have donned orange jerseys three times, only to lose in each of those games by an average of 31.3 points. In addition, in each of those three losses, the Broncos only scored 10 points. When wearing white or blue, the Broncos have a Super Bowl record of 2-1.

Of course, having the highest-scoring offense in NFL history, a quarterback in Peyton Manning that threw for 55 touchdowns, and being armed with five offensive players who each have scored at least 10 touchdowns in 2013, many would think that Denver would easily put up more than 10 point on the scoreboard. Even if it is against the Seahawks’ No. 1 ranked defense.

However, that wasn’t the case. The first offensive play from scrimmage told the whole story of the Broncos’ Super Bowl nightmare. And if that didn’t convince you, the pick-six Manning threw to Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith should have definitely opened your eyes to the bad luck Denver continues to have in the color orange on one of the biggest stages in the world.

As a result, the Broncos were smashed by the Seahawks by the score of 43-8.

I’m not a superstitious person, but looking at this pattern, I’m somewhat of a believer that the Orange Crush uniforms (both old and new) have only crushed the dreams of the Broncos in Super Bowls. So, word of advice to Denver’s franchise: if by chance you get back to the Super Bowl, avoid orange!

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.

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