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With the Broncos and the Buffs off to hot starts, Colorado sports fans have had plenty to cheer about of late. Which of the state’s professional or college teams do you think will be the next to win a championship/national title?

Logically, the Denver Broncos are the closest Colorado team to a championship.

They’re the only team mathematically alive to go to the playoffs at this moment.

The Rockies have been eliminated and the Nuggets/Avalanche haven’t started playing yet.

That being said, even if the other teams were competing, the Broncos would still be my choice to win.

The Broncos are currently 3-0, have Lady Luck on their side, and the magic of Bronc-Obama to carry them. They also have the hottest QB-WR tandem in the league.

Cutler makes amazing throws, all while wearing a helmet that sits too low and limits his vision. Marshall is quickly becoming Daddy T.O., not Baby T.O. He is more dominant and cannot be stopped, unlike some No. 81 in Dallas.

So, for the third time this season, I am predicting a Broncos’ Super Bowl this year. I’ll also predict a Stanley Cup for the Avs and a championship for the Nuggets while I’m at it. Because of the timing though, the Broncos will win one first.

I think the next Colorado sports team to win a championship will be the Denver Broncos.

All of the superstars in the NFL today are old.

Tom Brady (even though he’s hurt), Peyton Manning and LaDainian Tomlinson are slowing down. (In Brady’s case, he has stopped).

The Broncos have a young team, and if that core unit stays together, when they are veterans, they will be very, very good.

With a little bit of luck (which they seem to have; just ask the Chargers) this team will go far.

The one thing that would help them is if people stopped comparing Jake Cutler to John Elway and Brett Favre. He is not either of those guys. He is Jay Cutler. If he gets comfortable, the Broncos could be very good.

Much as the 3-0 starts of the CU Buffs and Denver Broncos have local talking heads stirred up ” by the time those teams’ destinies play out in January and February, the Rocktober-style bandwagons may just be supplanted by the very under-publicized excellence of the Colorado College Tigers and DU Pioneers hockey teams.

Though the college hockey championship won’t take place until April, DU’s 15 WCHA playoff titles and CC’s three appearances in the Frozen Four since 1994 make their chances at bringing home a crown more likely than the front-running footballers.

However, if we broaden the focus to include one local high school football team, the date to keep in mind for a state title is Nov. 29, so the Glenwood Springs High School Demons could beat them all to a championship.

There are far fewer professional teams than there are collegiate teams, so most likely the next national championship will come from one of the pro teams. Typically, there are over 100 teams to compete against nationally at the collegiate level, depending on the sport.

In sports like baseball, there are nearly 300 teams at the Division I level to compete with, so winning a collegiate national championship is something really special.

That’s why I believe it will probably be a pro team, and if I would have to guess, I would say the Avalanche might win the next one. I don’t have any other reason other than that the rest of the pro teams in Colorado are really struggling just to stay above .500 every year.

The Rockies had a fluke year last year getting to the World Series. The Broncos have been pretty weak for quite a few years now. And the Nuggets have way too many tough Western Conference teams to get through to even make it to the NBA championship.

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