I've already admitted that I bleed orange, so I thought it fitting that I start the 2013 NFL football season with yet another Denver Broncos-related vinyl find.
The Face in the Mirror
(Jay Records 10072 - 1974) is a spoken word, "how to sell with
confidence" LP courtesy of then-Broncos head coach, John Ralston. Coach
Ralston apparently knew a thing or two about success, when he took the
Orange Crush from a 5–9
record in 1972, to it's first winning season (the following year) 7-5-2,
and the follow-up 7–6–1, in 1974.
rode on the coattails of the Broncos turnaround, going on public
speaking tours, touting his secrets to winning. His "think positive"
talks were a hit with sales conventions, where The Face in the Mirror was apparently recorded (no note of where or when on the disc).
Unfortunately it would not be Coach Ralston hoisting the Lombardi trophy.
was a make or break season for the coach, who had taken a beating in
the media (and the fans) for the 6–8 record the previous year. While
the team went on to finish with a 9–5
record, it was not enough to get them in the playoffs. To add insult in
injury, Broncos players issued a
protest vote of no confidence in their coach and Ralston resigned at the
end of the season.
It would be coach Red Miller who,
in 1977, took the Broncos to their first playoff appearance, and
ultimately first Super Bowl, where they were defeated by the Dallas
Cowboys, 27–10 (of course, we all know how it ends in 1997 and 1998).
went on to be the assistant coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, the San
Francisco 49ers...and the Toronto Argonauts. He later became head coach
of the USFL Oakland Invaders, and the Dutch (Netherlands) Lions.