- Associated Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Josh McKinley drives six hours each way to watch his beloved Broncos.

The blacktop may be a hockey rink, the snow drifts might look ready to swallow a semi and blowing snow might make it tough to see the next reflector post.

It doesn’t matter. He has tickets. He is getting to the game.

“It’s a long drive, and there’s a lot of planning and preparation that go into it,” said McKinley, a police officer at Sheridan College.

He is one of a legion of fans who hail from Wyoming, but call the Denver Broncos their home team. For these diehards, even home games are on the road.

Today, they’ll be glued to television sets when the Broncos face off against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Those who live in the Cowboy State don’t agree with their southern neighbors on much. But when it comes to supporting the Broncos, some Wyoming fans are just as loyal as their Colorado counterparts.

- The ride

LaVonne Jenkins has suffered her share of Super Bowl heartaches and heroics in “50-something years” of Broncos fandom.

Jenkins is a Colorado native who inherited her Broncos passion from her parents.

“We didn’t hunt and fish, we watched the Bronco games,” Jenkins laughed.

Now a nine-year Upton resident, Jenkins’ love affair with the Broncos rolls on.

She started toying with painting her blue 2001 PT Cruiser almost as soon as she bought it. Her ride now sports a white top and hood and an orange mane flowing from each front hubcap across the front and rear doors of the car.

Jenkins doesn’t regret her decision.

“I drive it proudly everywhere,” Jenkins said. “I get some unkind things once in a while from a Raider fan or two we happen to pass by, but mostly everyone loves it and thinks it’s the coolest thing in the world.”

It would have fit in well during her recent Denver trip. Jenkins said she was just one in a sea of orange-bedecked fans milling on the streets. Downtown, sprawling orange banners hung from buildings, and blue and orange lights blinked in skyscraper windows.

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