DENVER — As she swung open the front door, Karen Fox posed a question.
I am skeptical of psychics who ask questions.
"You didn’t have any trouble finding the place. The drive was OK?"
How did she know? Four turns, no traffic, the commute was a breeze.
No surprise there — Fox is a psychic. It’s her job to see the future. She does so from the basement of a lovely home in Lakewood, just west of Denver, neighboring the foothills.
Our psychic arrived at the front door just as I had reached the top step. Again, promising. For a columnist in search of a psychic reading on the Broncos playoff season, this was good.
Denver hosts Baltimore in the AFC divisional playoffs at Sports Authority Field on Saturday.
Super Bowl XLVII is in mystic New Orleans.
A psychic prediction made too much sense.
"I'm not that much of a football fan,” Fox revealed.
Perfect! Biases and psychic readings are oil and water, Raiders and winning.
“How many psychics do you know with Ph.D.s?” she asked.
I knew only two psychics, in general. My dog, who predicts exactly which part of the river I’m going to fish, so she plunges into that section. And Chris Harris. The Broncos cornerback, in Week 15, read the mind of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
It’s one way to explain a 98-yard interception return.
“Nah,” Harris said when I inquired. “I wouldn’t say I’m psychic.”
Against Baltimore, pundits say Broncos, big. Vegas says Broncos, big. The Ravens seem to think the result three weeks ago — Denver 34, Baltimore 17 — was simply a cloudy vision.
"I was hoping we’d get them,” Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin said.
So we sought out the clairvoyant clincher. Only the best for Gazette readers.
Fox — the psychic, not the coach — has psychic friends who predicted a cold, snowy winter. She saw mild. She nailed it, just like when she predicted Barack Obama would win back-to-back presidencies.
"My birds say there’s going to be snow (Saturday). Usually the birds are better indicators than the forecasters.”
Back to the other birds, the dirty birds, Ray's Ravens.
“What colors do they wear?”
Purple and black, with burn marks from losing nine straight to Peyton Manning.
"I see a tight game."
Fret not. It gets better.
"All the psychic friends I know say the Broncos are going to win. What I get is a tough game. ... I think the Ravens have a whole ton of energy. They’re coming in here like bulldozers. I still think the Broncos will win, but it’s going to be tight.
"And I think it won’t be because of Manning. I don’t think it’s that Manning’s a mess. There's just something off with him; I don't think it's the flu. I just don’t think people will say, ‘Oh, Manning saved the day.’ I just think they will be surprised they didn’t do better.”
Long-term predictions, Fox said, are more difficult to accurately detail. Like you, I wanted to know how long the 36-year-old Manning will pitch pizzas and touchdowns in Denver.
"I see two potentials,” said our psychic, who saw someone other than Manning winning the MVP award.
"I see him leaving at 38, possibly. And that surprises me. They just got him. What that would mean is that it’s possible either next year he doesn’t play at all or plays the whole year. The other possibility is (he retires at) 40 or 41.”
Fox has performed psychic readings for over a decade. Like parachute packers, psychics don’t stay in business by getting it wrong.
Our psychic sees positive futures for a pair of former Broncos quarterbacks. She sees Jay Cutler winning a Super Bowl. She sees Tim Tebow with "one more big thing” in football — not a Super Bowl — but outside New York.
“I still see him on the East Coast, south of New York. It may not be Florida, but it’s still on the East Coast.”
This is the sixth time the Broncos bring the top seed into the AFC playoffs. Four of five times the Broncos went to the Super Bowl.
"Houston isn’t going to make it (to the AFC championship game). Patriots. New England will. Who’s the quarterback?"
Tom Brady. He's so predictable, his hair always perfect, helmet or not..
“His wife told him how to do the hair thing,” Fox said. “She’s given him something that isn’t normal to use for hair product.”
Unfortunately, our psychic said Gisele does not prefer sports columnists.
But I was here for one reason. Our psychic already knew that.
Who parties on Bourbon Street as world champs?
"I see the Broncos winning the Super Bowl," she said. “I think their biggest problem is winning this game on Saturday."
Psychic says: To reach their future, the Broncos must see the present.