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Ramsey: You can wear Seahawks jersey in Colorado and not get punched

August 7, 2014 Updated: August 8, 2014 at 9:42 am
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Brandie Boehm of Ann Arbor, Mich., and her son Matthew Boehm, 8, cheer for the Broncos and Seahawks before the start of the preseason game between Seattle and Denver Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Brandie likes both teams and her son is a Seahawks fan. They flew to Denver to see the game. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

DENVER - The couple walked the streets of the capital of Colorado in peace. No one shouted mean words Thursday afternoon as they walked the 16th Street Mall.

The male of the duo wore a Seahawks No. 12, signifying an inflated view of the value of fans. The female wore a Seahawks No. 3, giving honor to mediocre quarterback Russell Wilson.

They could have been seen as an invading enemy force.

As you might remember, the Seahawks laid waste to the hopes of several million Broncos fans on Feb. 2, 2014.

Colorado will not soon forget Seattle's 43-8 beatdown.

This couple had arrived in Colorado to give comfort to our state's prime enemy, but this man and woman met no hostility.

A few hours later, I walked for 10 minutes while approaching Mile High behind a trio of Seahawks fans, all wearing jerseys. No incidents. No harsh words.

Later, I sat in the south stands, once known for its wild and, on occasion, violent ways. A family of four, all wearing Seahawks regalia, walked to the upper rows. Again, nothing impolite.

Listen, I realize that nothing happening at Mile High fails to rank as a news event on the scale of the Titanic ramming into an iceberg.

And I did not watch every encounter between those who love the Seahawks and those who despise the Seahawks.

But this tranquility is not always found in the sports world.

Last season at Mile High, a group of five dozen Eagles fans gathered near the north entrances. If you have seen the movie "Silver Linings Playbook," you have a sense of the overblown antics of Eagles supporters.

A massive collection of grade-school and younger girls, all dressed in Broncos orange-and-blue, began to walk past the Eagles mob. The girls were on their way to a halftime show with the Broncos cheerleaders.

The Eagles mob booed the youthful Broncos cheerleaders.

I am serious.

The girls, on their way to an afternoon they would long remember, endured booing from a collection of inebriated fans. The girls must have worried about the adult world they would someday join.

I want to live in a state where a Seahawks family can enjoy a tranquil climb up the stairs or a Seahawks couple can stroll calmly in the heart of downtown Denver.

This is not the norm at every NFL destination.

Walking into the Oakland Coliseum wearing an orange No. 18 would result in bodily harm. Trust me on that one.

Feb. 2, 2014 will live for decades as a painful day for those who adore the Broncos. Super Bowl parties all over the state began with shouting and celebrating before quickly turning to stunned silence.

But no Colorado fan that I saw took out this pain on the invading Seahawks fans.

That's not big news.

It is good news.


Twitter: @davidlukeramsey

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