The 2012 Atlanta Falcons Fell Short of Greatness

In the End, Matty Ice Melted
The first quarter of this past weekend’s NFC Championship Game could not have been more exciting for Atlanta Falcons fans. The home team was a four point underdog, but Matt Ryan and company jumped out to a 17 point lead before the 49ers ever knew what hit them. By halftime Atlanta knew they were in for a fight from Colin Kaepernick and hard-hitting San Francisco, but even the most jaded Atlanta fan had to feel good about a ten point lead with thirty minutes to play. However, as the third quarter got under way, Matty Ice began to melt. The hopes of the Atlanta Falcons faithful unraveled along with him.

When can we stop being mocked by a member of the opposing team using the Dirty Bird?

Matt Ryan is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Even so, he picked a horrible time to play what was arguably the worst half of his professional career. The interception that he threw was costly, but the well executed snap that he fumbled may haunt him until the Atlanta Falcons finally rise up to a Super Bowl appearance.

If You Ain’t First, You’re Last
I had to borrow a line from Ricky Bobby to capture my feelings about this football season. It was a great year, but the Falcons fell short of their ultimate goal. The 2012 Dirty Birds won thirteen regular season games, a division title, and they secured home field advantage. Obvious positives not withstanding, Atlanta still does not have a Lombardi Trophy, and Arthur Blank will have to wait (at least) another year for a championship parade.

Want in One Hand and Crap in the Other. See Which Fills Up First
I must admit that sour grapes is not a good color on me but I wanted a canvas to express my frustration and this is it. All the pining in the world will not bring a Super Bowl victory to Atlanta. The Falcons must actually be good enough to win it.  As we inch ever closer to the Harbaugh Super Bowl, my misery is compounded. Two weeks of stories about brothers coaching against each other in the biggest game on the National Football League calendar. Riveting.

Hope Springs Eternal in Hotlanta
One of my favorite things about being an avid sports fan is that nothing is permanent. There is always next season and no matter how frustrating or disheartening it may get, I will have the privilege of watching the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons attempt to grab the brass ring once again. Part of the joy of winning is watching your team grow from a crushing defeat to achieve the ultimate goal. This fall will be a very intriguing time to be a football fan in the Peach State. 

The upcoming 49ers-Ravens Superbowl has been nicknamed Superbaugh by ESPN. it is going to be a long two weeks.

Maddawg’s First Variety Post (April 9, 2012)

Informative and well researched articles are satisfying to look back on once they are completed. I take pride in writing an objective blog with an emphasis on my love and appreciation for Bulldog Nation. However, all work and no play makes UGAmaddawg a dull blog. With that in mind, I would like to introduce our newest feature. The Maddawg Variety Post.

LOL!!!

Bobby Petrino– Let me begin by observing that I am truly glad no one involved in Bobby Petrino’s moto mishap was seriously injured. With that said, the Arkansas head football coach is one of those rare people that does not seem to have any redeeming qualities. His latest gaffe involved losing control of his motorcycle without a helmet on his head, and a 25 year old female companion (that just happens to work for the football program) along for the ill-conceived joy ride. She has since gone into seclusion. One unfortunate crash later, and a hilariously puffed up and bruised Bob-O is facing a lot of questions from the Arkansas Razorback brass. His wife probably has a few inquiries of her own as well. Get well soon, Mr. Petrino. You truly are a Pig.

The Atlanta Braves- The Major League Baseball regular season is 162 games long. That is the equivalent of 10 NFL seasons. Even though the fun has only just begun, the Atlanta Braves are 0-3, and they have scored a total of seven runs. Given the colossal collapse that ruined last September, one would be hard pressed to script a more underwhelming beginning to the 2012 season. However, Fredi Gonzalez is not to blame. Rather, the Braves are in need of ownership that is willing to spend money. I would like to take this opportunity to beg Mr. Arthur Blank to buy the Atlanta Braves. Please sir, you do not have to do it Dodger style and pay 2 billion dollars, but Atlanta sports fans need you to save Braves baseball the same way you did Falcons football. Continue reading