You better watch out! You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why. Guess who’s coming to town.
The rich and the famous, the powerful and the legendary all have visited Colorado Springs. President Franklin Roosevelt and the King of Siam, Clark Gable and John Wayne, The Eagles and Charles Lindbergh, Jack Nicklaus and Michael Jordan.
The GOAT will be arriving late Sunday night.
Tom Brady is coming to the Springs with Bill Belichick, Gronk and the Patriots after their game with the Broncos.
The 300 members of the Pikes Peak Pats Fan Club will be delirious at the Fox & Hound, and Patriot Motors probably will have a big sale on used cars.
But don’t expect the city’s Chamber of Commerce to roll out the Patriots-red carpet or hold a parade.
This is Broncos Country – win or … well … win.
The Patriots are NFL enemy No. 1 to Broncos loyalists, despite what the Raiders believe. The Broncos and the Patriots have despised each other since the first game played in the old American Football League on a Friday night in 1960. Even though they’ve never been in the same division, these adversaries seem to play almost every season – 10 times in the last seven years. The Broncos lead the series 30-22.
For the Broncos, the Patriots act like Lord Voldermort, Nurse Ratched, The Joker and Snidely Whiplash combined.
The Patriots hail from the Dark Side. In an exchange on social media the past week between Brady and Von Miller, the Broncos’ linebacker referred to Jedi Knight (presumably himself). He has earned 7 ½ sacks in eight games vs. Brady.
New England will be practicing Monday-Friday on the plush Air Force Academy playing fields and adjusting to altitude for its game next Sunday against the Raiders in Mexico City. The Patriots probably will be dining at Salsa Brava, too. They’ll bus down from Denver and stay at a high-end resort. (Four are sold out, so you can figure out where they’ll be easily enough.)
The Patriots flew to Colorado in their own swank 767 jet sporting five Super Bowl trophies painted on the plane’s tail.
Although the Patriots will be in your backyard all week, they probably won’t be touring Garden of the Gods.
This is Brady’s 11th trip to Colorado. Twelve, if you count when he was a groomsman at Wes Welker’s wedding in Aspen.
But this is not Brady’s favorite paradise destination.
The Greatest of All Time has been a goat several times in Denver.
Brady doesn’t have a losing record against any team in the NFL – except the Broncos. He is 3-7 overall in Colorado, falling in his Mile High Stadium debut in 2001 30-21 (four interceptions) – and in all three of his playoff games, and three of his past four appearances here.
In his mid-week conversation, Brady spoke vanilla, as usual, in his praise for the Broncos, despite their current predicament.
The eight men in the Colorado Springs area named Tom Brady probably won’t be confused for the quarterback this week when they use credit cards. Especially 90-year-old Thomas H. Brady.
Brady did turn 40 recently, but is playing as if he were 30. He has 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions with 2,512 passing yards.
He will become the seventh quarterback 40 or older to start in Denver against the Broncos. Five of the previous six, including Warren Moon and Doug Flutie, lost, and only the ancient George Blanda, primarily a kicker in his last several seasons, won in his final QB start for the Raiders in 1968.
The defending champions are playing the Super Bowl 50 champions, but they are streaming in opposite directions. At the midway juncture the 6-2 Patriots are the AFC choice to return; the 3-5 Broncos aren’t choice or prime.
How in the wide world of sports do the Broncos beat the Patriots? No turnovers would be helpful. The Broncos have won 31 straight when winning the turnover stat. However, this season they are tied for last in the league in takeaway-giveaway differential (minus-12) with the Browns.
Brock Osweiler did get a victory against the Patriots in overtime in 2015.
But Santa Claus won’t drop in Sunday. Patriots 30-17.
And the Patriots will enjoy their vacation in Colorado Springs.
Which person with the Patriots would you most want to see around town?