No Rams, no Chiefs, Columbia fans show support for Broncos

Saturday, February 1, 2014 | 7:52 p.m. CST; updated 11:34 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 1, 2014

COLUMBIA — The St. Louis Rams failed to make the playoffs, again.

The Kansas City Chiefs lost a playoff game, again.

The Denver Broncos might be the most popular team in town — or at least that's what the people serving Columbia football fans drinks during the games seemed to think.

Lucas Carden, general manager at Truman's Bar & Grill, said that after the Chiefs lost to the Colts, the crowds became hit or miss in regard to team loyalty.

Now, according to employees at other local sports bars and pubs, the majority of patrons have turned their attention to the Denver Broncos, not the Seattle Seahawks.

"I think there are more Broncos fans in town," said Eli Miller, a manager at Harpo's.

Miller said he thinks that most people across the country are cheering for Seattle, but others are favoring Denver because they dislike head coach Pete Carroll or cornerback Richard Sherman.

Whatever the case, the main storyline for Super Bowl XLVIII is Peyton Manning vs. the Seahawks, he said.

Willie's manager Marshall Janish said he had noticed some Seahawks fans during the playoffs, but overall there have been more people rooting for the Broncos.

The clear Broncos majority is probably caused by Denver's proximity to Columbia, said Jay Sparks, a bartender at McNally's Irish Pub. In the pub, however, Seahawks fans have been much louder and more colorful, he said.

"We had a ton of Seahawks fans for the 49ers game," said Marsha Gooch, front end manager at the Cheerleader Pub & Grill. "We have lots of Broncos fans too," she said. "It's been about 50/50."

At Campus Bar & Grill, the crowds on Sunday have usually been mixed as well, but the Broncos have had a good showing during the playoffs, said Tim Bavester, a manager at the bar.

Bavester has jumped on board, too.

"I'm rooting for the Broncos," he said.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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