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Photo: Insulting Broncos sign in Las Vegas still stirring anger a week-plus after Super Bowl

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More than a week after the Broncos' Super Bowl loss to Seattle, plenty of fans are still sensitive to the size and scope of the defeat.

An example? At this writing, one of the five most viewed posts on the Colorado Springs Gazette website is an article from Las Vegas about a bar that put up a sign after the game claiming that the "Broncos couldn't beat the sick kids at St. Judes."

Here's a larger look at the sign.

The February 7 piece shared in the Gazette, which originally ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, notes that the venue, the Blind Tiger Bar & Grill, took some social media heat for the message. But on the Facebook page of Sin City, a Vegas nightspot that loves to post photos of women wearing microscopic lingerie, the reaction to a post on the subject is actually quite mixed, with negative responses like these....

I am guessing none of you have ever had a child endure cancer? How very inhumane of you to even comment.

Lame, not even witty, just ignorant.

I think there is a better way to compare how shitty the Broncos did. Insulting sick little kids is wrong.

...balanced by plenty of get-over-it posts:
There is a lot more shit going on in the world that is more offensive then a damn sign!!! Look around!!!

Seems funny to me. I bet you'd laugh if a comedian or your drinking buddy said it. People need to stop being offended at everything.

Offensive? Grow the fuck up.

A similar disparity exists among comments at the Gazette. This reader thinks those bothered by the sign are a bigger problem than the people who put it up....
Oh boo hoo. This country is becoming nothing but a bunch of whiny, i deserve everything handed to me, thin skinned, I can do whatever I want, but you can't if you don't agree with me. Seems to me people better start putting on their "big boy" pants and quit worrying about what's not important and start worrying about what is.
...while another person counters with this:
Because making a joke about children dying of cancer is totally cool.
Even in Colorado, however, defenses of the Broncos were few and far between. For instance:
Insensitive to St Jude' s kids? Maybe. Overstatement? Not on last Sunday. Frankly I'll bet the St Jude kids got a kick out of it.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Sports archive circa February 2: "See photos of the plays Seattle used to spoil Denver's Super Bowl dreams."


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123 comments
Juanita Burke
Juanita Burke

The sign is offensive. The kids are trying to win there life back nor a trophy.

Luke Gledhill
Luke Gledhill

it's called a double standard, i dont care where the sign was put up.

Christopher Black
Christopher Black

those sick kids are tough as nails....the broncos eat their own shit on national tv....what a disgrace.wasnt even a game,that got smoked like a blunt.i blame joe nammoth fof wrecking the coin toss,that was a voodoo hex from hell!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Wrong. They're talking shit about the Broncos. Reality is reality, even if it's not nice, sick kids should be proud to be able to beat a pro football. :) Might even be one of their dreams.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Doesn't matter. He is correct, I don't recall many Denver fans restraining themselves on Seattle comments but now they want to cry foul over this. Still a ton of butthurt fans here who didn't realize their team was overhyped all season long and had a rude awakening. Offensive or not the point is that it's wrong to get upset about this while so many people had very nasty things to say about Seattle before the game.

John J. Wood
John J. Wood

Unacceptable, period! And I'm not a Broncos fan...

Maggie May
Maggie May

There's no reason to bring sick children into shit talk over sports. Beyond tasteless.

Lisa Alvarez
Lisa Alvarez

The owner probably lost a ton of money on the game. I'm sure a lot of people did. The game was not anything anyone expected. (not making an excuse, just an observation)

Keith A. Badje
Keith A. Badje

Well, lets hope the Broncos aren't beating sick children at St. Judes! Child abuse is wrong, especially on disabled children. And it would be a huge scandal, the entire NFL would hate us, and it'd be hard to field a team next season. I certainly hope our guys couldn't beat sick children!

Mandy McIver
Mandy McIver

Offensive. And obviously thought up by a bandwagon fan.

Jeff Iddings
Jeff Iddings

You realize the sign was in Las Vegas and not Denver, right?

Kristi Adducci
Kristi Adducci

The Bronco fans would think it was hilarious if it were the other way around. It's bad taste but, it's a knock at the game nonetheless and it could make the kids there feel good being told they could beat a pro football team. Maybe some players should go out there and see the kids!!

Jim Dinan
Jim Dinan

We sucked that day, but why are we talking shit about sick kids?

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

I find it offensive you are posting this again, for like the 3rd time in a 12 hour span. Your ace team there at Westword really must be running out of ideas.

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

Sterling, I can appreciate you trying to be witty, and joke about me being a KC fan, but the least you can do is spell your hashtag correctly. Cmon man, you're slippin. Lol. Nice attempt though.

Gina Ricciardi
Gina Ricciardi

Offensive to the st jude's children. Who gives a shit about a sign in another state insulting the Broncos?.get over it

Eric Drown
Eric Drown

If u have any sense of being u will simply disregard such a comment.. Grow up people both those who are offended and those who put the sign up..

Michael Ulm
Michael Ulm

Well it's not very funny. But people are too fucking uptight so most will bitch and moan about it being offensive when let's be honest, the Broncos were pathetic as hell.

D.j. Scott
D.j. Scott

Of course not. It's illegal I think

Emma Olszewski Maddox
Emma Olszewski Maddox

Plenty of other ways to insult a team and its fans without referencing children in a hospital known for treating childhood cancers.

Stacey Kay
Stacey Kay

Extremely offensive and shameful.

Luke Gledhill
Luke Gledhill

For a city who had plenty of cheap low things to say on marquees about Tom Brady and the Pats, I think you should bend over and take it. Don't get all sour grapes and call foul now just because in your minds you had already won the super bowl before the game had even started. Always been my qualm with Denver fans, they can dish it out but God forbid they have to take it.

Vicky Nokes
Vicky Nokes

Yes, it's insulting!! The Broncos deserved to go to the Super Bowl, hands down. So, they had a bad game against a good team, when it counted. That 1 game doesn't make them a bad team, not at all.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

The arrowhead should be painfully obvious, Jonny boy. #ButthurtChafesFans

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

...unless Roger Goddell happened to be the godfather of the Brady offspring, then the rules would be change primarily for its benefit.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Everyone. Sincerely, Insanely rich bookies taking advantage of dumb asses elsewhere in Reel Murkah.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

# of rings: Peyton Manning 1, Phillip Rivers: 0 Andy Dalton is STILL the epitome of "one and done." Your argument is invalid, Joshie.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

No comment...not going there...no matter how tempted I am....not going there.

John Martinez
John Martinez

OH MAN!!!! I'm sure Elway's won't be sleeping tonight with that zinger.

Colleen Hosselkus-Wolf
Colleen Hosselkus-Wolf

Well.... Moving on has nothing to do with it. This isn't a jab at the broncos, this is a jab at sick children. Pigs.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Love the post, Christopher. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

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