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.
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.