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 Sports Weekend Itinerary – Atlanta Falcons Football Thursday Night Edition

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Here is one referee who really wants a playoff.

Bowl season officially begins for college football this weekend, with three games on Saturday. The afternoon starts with the Temple Owls taking on the Wyoming Cowboys in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Afterward, the MAC runner up Ohio faces Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. (fantastic name) In the nightcap, San Diego State plays Louisiana Lafayette in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. For some college football fanatics, these match-ups will be an interesting part of the college football bowl season. However, they could still take place before or during a playoff if there ever is one. Even if there is never a playoff system in major college football, hope springs eternal.

A look at key NFL match-ups

The National Football League is beginning to heat up because the pro game does have playoffs to look forward to. The Atlanta Falcons host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football tonight. The 8-5 Dirty Birds saved their season with a comeback victory over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers four days ago. A quick turnaround is not ideal, but the Jags are just 1-5 away from Jacksonville, and 4-9 overall. Atlanta can not afford a letdown at home after erasing a 23-7 halftime deficit last week.

The Falcons need at least ten wins to have a shot at the postseason in the crowded NFC. The Dirty Birds may need to win out, because 10 wins is not a sure playoff birth this year.  After tonight’s game the Falcons travel to New Orleans, before they host Tampa at home in the regular season finale. It is critical that the Falcons rise up and win on Thursday Night Football.



Tim Tebow Flavored Kool-Aid

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Tim Tebow kills his detractors with kindness.

If the Broncos win again this week then Kool-Aid needs to see if Tim Tebow wants his own flavor. Tebow mania has officially spread from college to the NFL.  Denver versus New England is being bet on five times more than a typical NFL regular season game. As a result the line for the Sunday afternoon game has moved up to 6.5, and then 7. Tim Tebow and the Broncos struck again last week, erasing a 10 point deficit late in the fourth quarter.  Bronco kicker Matt Prater deserves a ton of credit for his two long field goals, as does every Denver Bronco for believing in their unconventional offense. It will be interesting to see if Tebow and company can keep up if The Brady Bunch score early and often. The good news for the Broncos is that the Patriot defense comes into week 15 as the worst statistical defense in the NFL. Continue reading