The 2007 season was arguably the darkest in Atlanta Falcons history. Franchise quarterback Michael Vick’s dog fighting and head coach Bobby Petrino walking out before the end of the season left the team in an interesting position.
While his reputation had undoubtedly taken a hit and his NFL future was uncertain, Vick put the Falcons on the map. His unmatched athleticism and highlight reel plays were the reason why many started following the team. But rookie general manager/head coach team of Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith decided to hit restart and on April 26, 2008, the road to recovery started.
For many long-time Southerners and Atlantans, Super Bowl LI wasn’t simply crushing in its revival of words like “choke” and “soft” to describe Atlanta sports teams.
The larger hurt was to re-open that wound of insecurity that we as Southerners all share: that we are not quite winners on the professional football field, that our destiny is to be second-class fans in a second-tier city. Continue reading →
There’s no use in trying to talk about it, trying to make sense with it, trying to come to peace with it, trying to banish it away like an otherworldly monster terrorizing your small town.
The Atlanta Falcons, yes, our guys, blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to the most hated sports franchise of all time, in front of everybody, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it. Continue reading →
Welcome to Cory’s Magic Falcons Mailbag – a weekly Falcons mailbag where Rise Up Readers send questions in to Cory, and he answers them with stunning bravado, and also in non-Tweet length. The bag itself was woven by the Falcon Tamers of Valdosta in the caves of the Flowery Branch Mountains and was discovered during the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Continue reading →
The Falcons’ 2014 round pick, the ferocious ball carrier, the down-to-Earth bulldozer who came out swinging at Jerryworld and never looked back – Freeman got paid today, and he earned every cent of it.
The Falcons signed the RB Freeman to a five-year extension, worth $41 million dollars (including $22 million of it guaranteed as he signed the dotted line). The extension comes just as Freeman prepares to head to Miami for a preseason matchup against the Dolphins. Continue reading →
It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Your friends are coming over for the big game, you’ve got the pre-shows on while vacuuming the living room. Pizzas will be arriving soon. Kickoff’s in a little bit.
Of course the Patriots. Bleh, forget those guys. They’re here every year. Went 13-3 in the regular season, Belichick never sounded happy about it, waltzed through the playoffs (well, the Steelers gave them a run for their money in the AFC Championship, but of course, Brady weapon number 145 came down with that one catch they won’t stop playing on ESPN).
Now, I’m not here to tell you the 2017 Falcons defense is going to be an all-time great, but I am here to tell you that the 2017 Falcons defense will be much improved, and one of the most exciting defenses in the league in 2017. Continue reading →
You’ve seen the memes. You’ve heard the jokes. You watched the game. You’ve cried your tears, felt your numbness, thrown your fits, asked your “What Ifs?” and have replayed the fourth quarter in your head a million times, tagging on a new ending each time.
Let’s finally … once and for all … talk about it.
The Atlanta Falcons … our Atlanta Falcons … blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl.
This week, see if Michael and Cory can dig themselves out of the deep, dark abyss of depression that was the Falcons’ devastating and unfathomable Super Bowl loss. They’ll talk through their free agency wish lists, pretending the agonizing pain of blowing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl isn’t still staring them in the face (at least for Michael it is). The two will do their best to provide you with some hope going into next season, break down the latest coaching changes, and Cory struggles with some unwanted gas (no context needed). Enjoy!
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