Intimidating sports team names
Color photo of Broncos versus Oilers from 1960, unattributed at remembertheafl.com/Broncos.
The Denver-born-and-raised Bob Howsam’s dream was to bring Major League Baseball to Denver (Howsam also later made his mark as GM of the Cincinnati Reds during their Big Red Machine era of the 1970s).Denver Broncos logos and helmet history (1960-2014) Broncos helmet illustrations above from Gridiron Uniforms Database.Broncos uniforms png by fma12, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: Broncos_ From May 2009, from the boards at Denver Broncos’ website, uploaded by White Dragon, ‘COMPLETE Denver Broncos Helmet History [1960-2009]‘ (forums.denverbroncos.com). A “bronco” is an unbroken or untamed horse, and it is a reference to Denver’s Wild West heritage.White Horse sculpture at Mile High, photo unattributed at The Denver Broncos, initially saddled with the crushing debt that forced Howsam to sell the team in early 1961 after one season, never got their footing in the AFL, and never made the playoffs (nor had a winning season) in the AFL’s 10 seasons, and finished 39–97–4 in the league.Aerial photo of Mile High Stadium’s last game on Dec. Attendance was understandably poor for the first few seasons.