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.

The Atlanta Falcons Should Thank Bobby Petrino for Leaving

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We can thank Bobby Petrino for an awful season that allowed the Falcons to draft Matt Ryan.

The Atlanta Falcons and Matt Ryan Finally Win a Playoff Game
Following their biggest victory in nine years, it is only fitting to examine where this now proud franchise was just over a half decade ago. In 2007, Bobby Petrino had built a proud college program at Louisville, throwing the ball all over the field with quarterbacks such as Brian Brohm. Following 8-8 and 7-9 seasons respectively that felt a lot like a football version of the movie Groundhog Day, the Falcons fired then head coach Jim Mora Jr. Atlanta owner Arthur Blank set out on a coaching search that led him to Bobby Petrino, who vowed to turn the Michael Vick experience into a complete quarterback.

After Bobby Petrino Arrived, Michael Vick Never Played Another Down as a Falcon
Unfortunately for Bob-O, he never got the opportunity to coach Michael Vick, because Vick was incarcerated during the offseason.  So began the miserable Bobby Petrino experiment in Atlanta. As hard as it was on Petrino, it was probably even more difficult for us fans. After all, we had to go from watching Michael Vick electrify “Hotlanta” to witnessing Joey Harrington’s last ditch effort for success in the National Football League.

The Task of Rebuilding the Atlanta Falcons was too Much for Bobby Petrino
Bobby Petrino’s only season in the NFL was abysmal. It was so terrible that he did not even spend a whole season as the coach of the Falcons. After coaching just thirteen regular season games in the National football league, Petrino took his ball and went to Arkansas. He is a quitter, but it is hard to blame him. He thought he was getting the chance to coach Michael Vick, instead Atlanta ended up with a miserable concoction of Joey Harrington, Byron Leftwich, and Chris Redman at the quarterback position. If I were Petrino, I probably would have fled, too.

Bobby Petrino,Thank you for Leaving Atlanta When you did
Bobby Petrino’s decision to leave Atlanta opened the door for Mike Smith, Thomas Dimitroff, Matt Ryan and Michael Turner. Without having a terrible year in 2007, it is highly unlikely that the Falcons would have ended up with their current personal. It has taken a little bit longer than the Atlanta faithful would have liked, but the Falcons have reached the NFC Championship. Thanks, in some small part, to Bobby Petrino’s desire to be a pig.

Bobby Petrino Should Learn to be More Careful on his Motorcycle
I would be remiss not to provide an update on how old Bob-O is doing these days. For those of you that somehow missed it, Petrino went whee-whee-whee off of his motorcycle and landed on his face. A female intern was on the back of said motorcycle at the time of the incident. I have found hilarious video footage of the press conference that Bobby Petrino had just a few days after the accident.



Petrino has found work yet again, as he was hired by the University of Western Kentucky. Good luck to Bobby Petrino and the Hilltoppers. (sounds like some sort of a band) More importantly, go Dirty Birds, the state of Georgia could use another big win.

Maddawg’s Sports Weekend Itinerary (December 9 – 11, 2011)

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Washington D.C. is the perfect location for Army-Navy.

College football has one regular season match-up left on the schedule this weekend, as Army-Navy takes center stage on Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Many involved in the game of football could learn from the sportsmanship, pride, and passion that goes into the yearly rivalry between the two teams.

Both of these service academies have struggled to win football games in 2011. Navy has four victories this season, while Army is 3-8. Each team runs the triple option offense with an eye on ball control to keep the other team off the field. The Black Knights lead the NCAA in rushing but that has not translated to a lot of points. On defense Army has not been able to keep opposing teams out of the end-zone often enough. As for the Midshipmen of Navy, they rank fourth in the nation in rushing and have lost five games this season by a touchdown or less.

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“RG3″ deserves to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy.

The 2011 Heisman Trophy presentation is on Saturday night. The winner may very well come down to conference reputation versus most deserving in the eyes of the voters for the second straight weekend. Robert Griffin III should win the 2011 Heisman Trophy. This blog observed a few weeks ago that there is not a single athlete in college football who has done more with less than “RG3.” The other finalists have had great seasons but Robert Griffin III has made Baylor Bears football relevant. Continue reading