Colts fans join IU alumni to represent the team in Denver

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DENVER, Co. (Jan. 10, 2015) — There’s quite a bit of support for the Colts in Denver, including among IU alumni who get together frequently.

CBS 4 joined the Colorado branch of the IU Alumni Association at a basketball watch party Saturday. If there’s anything the Circle City and the Mile High City can find in common, it’s definitely in their fans.

“(We have) a lot of fun out here,” chapter President Ross Miller said.

Miller, a Greenwood native, has met plenty of fellow Hoosiers since he moved west after college.

“We have about 6,500 to 7,000 (members) here in the state of Colorado. I would say with Indiana as a whole, there’s quite a bit more (Hoosiers) than that. … The majority of IU fans are also Colts fans,” Miller said.

They were also joined Saturday by Coby Smith, a die-hard season ticket holder fresh off the plane from Indianapolis.

“(The) flight out this morning was a sea of blue,” Smith said.

Smith travels with the team every year, but this marked his first trip to Denver.

“I actually booked hotel rooms in Boston and Denver when I saw who the number one and two seeds were,” Smith said.

As you can imagine, Peyton Manning’s move to Denver conflicted the fans who live there.

“At first I was a little (unsure) what to think about (it) … but now I really like to have him out here,” Miller said.

That doesn’t mean he and his Hoosier friends, like Greg Bratton, have switched allegiances though.

“(I’ve) stayed Colts true and true. Andrew Luck’s pretty exciting as well,” Bratton said.

“I’ll never root for the Broncos. I’ll never wear a Broncos shirt. But if some reason the Colts don’t make it to the Super Bowl, I wouldn’t mind Peyton getting that second Super Bowl (win),” Miller said.

Both Miller and Bratton, along with others CBS 4 has talked to in Denver, will be at the stadium Sunday to represent the blue and white.

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