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  1. Mike Smith got the axe for the same kind of stupid decisions that lost us the Super Bowl. Stupid play calls that ignore game situations and no understanding of clock management. Like the Detroit game in London. He's so likable, that people just don't want to blame him along with Kyle Shanahan. He's the head coach. He has veto power. The ball was snapped with 20 seconds on the play clock several times and he did nothing about it. Dan Quinn doesn't get a pass. That crap was unforgivable. That coaching performance was on par with the worst we got from Mike Smith. That's my opinion.
  2. You nailed it. That's exactly what I posted to friends after the game. This franchise turns losing into a fine art, truly skilled masters of unique creativity. They will top this somehow. (Or is it "bottom this"?)
  3. Perspective. I feel horrible but I felt worse in 2012 when we lost to the 49ers. Fool me twice shame on me. While we were up 28-3, I did not dare assume the game was over. I didn't think we were going to blow it, but I was very aware that the possibility of losing still existed. I prepared myself for it from the moment NE scored to make 28-9, and the rest was just watching it unfold. I was at the game. I yelled for the D until the bitter end, then I shook hands with the Pats fans I had been annoying all game and left. I was pissed, I was disappointed, but I was not surprised and I was not crushed. All because I prepared myself after 2012 to never trust this franchise not to F it all up. Falcons gonna Falcon. At 28-3, I knew they were gonna Falcon, but the hope was that they would still hang on somehow. I'm moving on. The key: Dial back your hope, focus on enjoying the game and celebrating when they do well. Either they will win or they won't; I decided to drop $10k to be there in case they did. They didn't, so what's for dinner, honey, and kids, how was school today . . .
  4. And let me guess, the conspirators gathered at Comet Ping Pong pizza in D.C. to plan this whole thing. So sneaky of them to not just let Julio fail to make that circus catch. But you still figured it out. Probably because the aliens probed you that time.
  5. Curious: How long have you been a Falcons fan? I'm asking because with a 28-3 lead in Q3, I was having a great time but remained aware that the Falcons could light it all on fire. My cousin texted me that it was over and I texted back that it wasn't. He asked when I would agree that the deal was done, and I texted back "0:00". My FB posts during timeouts and halftime had words like "hoping we're celebrating like this later" and "this is beautiful right now". All because I know this team. I'm 50 and have seen it all with the Falcons. I've thought in years and decades past about shutting it down, and I dialed it way back after the choke against the 49ers. But now I'm not so much done with the Falcons because of the choke job in the Super Bowl, but because even during the rout for 2 1/2 quarters as Patriots fans all around me were pouting in silent shock (I went to the game), I couldn't truly let go and feel the ecstasy of a 25 point lead because I knew enough to keep the possibility of an historic choke/comeback in mind. That is no way to live. Sitting there with my kids, who reasonably and naively thought we had done it, but keeping the silent "it's still not over" to myself. Any other team's fans would find it illogical and unreasonable (like my cousin did) to be thinking of the possibility of losing that game when no team has come back from more than 10 points in a Super Bowl. So I have some thinking to do.
  6. Audibles aren't supposed to be a mechanism for the QB to change or basically veto the offensive strategy (i.e., we should be running instead of passing). So the whole discussion of whether he's allowed to audible is mostly irrelevant. Even if he is allowed, if he changed every pass to a run, that would be a revolt during the Super Bowl against the coaching staff that has been right all year. Of course, Matt and all of us would be champions today if he had done it and asked forgiveness later. (I don't want to get too far off topic, but I also wonder what he thought of being in hurry up with the lead and snapping the ball with 20 seconds on the play clock while we still had a big lead. That is Mike Smith type ish.)
  7. Honestly, I feel guilty. My dad had season tix and took me to games, so I've been suffering this team all my life. I started taking my son when he was 5, he's 14 now and I'm putting him through the same misery. He saw Packers no-show, Seahawks near-choke, 49ers choke, and Super Bowl choke. All live and in person. I'm releasing him from his contract. I dumped the Hawks for the Lakers over 25 years ago and it was the smartest thing I ever did, and that was before Shaq, so they weren't good at the time. Life's too short for this crap.
  8. Act like the fans of winners. "Act" as in "pretend."
  9. We need to clarify what we mean by worst. Losing by a bunch of points is horrible when a team is favored to win. It is a nightmare unfolding from beginning to end, and fans might even be gone by halftime (see for example, our division round loss to the Packers in the Dome a few years ago). But blowing a huge lead, in my opinion is worse. Fans go from hopeful, to confident, to ecstatic and smug, planning the parade, hugging strangers, etc. Then concerned, then creeping doubt, then frustration, then maybe anger or fear, then embarrassment and devastation, as the other teams fans are now doing the cheering, dancing and celebrating. There is no single game bigger than the Super Bowl. Series meltdowns (e.g., Warriors, Indians, heck even Braves versus Leyritz's Yankees) happen over several days. Our meltdown happened over minutes. Judged from the fans emotional point of view, this very well may be the worst championship loss in history. For me it's only softened by the fact the Falcons are known to choke, so a lot of us weren't completely caught off guard. I knew it was possible before I bought the ticket and all game long.
  10. This team has been breaking my heart literally my whole life. Native Atlantan, my dad had season tickets since 1968. After the choke against the 49ers in the Dome, I did what you said and "seriously questioned my level of fandom" as my son sat next to me in tears. I turned it down, I did. I stopped trusting them. With the Falcons, I basically act like a woman who assumes men are prone to cheat, that you can be with a man, and it can all seem perfect, but just know men are dogs and don't be surprised if it happens. So I booked a hotel after Seattle, and plane tickets after Packers, and bought Super Bowl tickets for the whole family last week, and yesterday I sat there in NRG Stadium and yelled my head off, still yelling for the D all by myself in overtime, but when they did it to us again, I wasn't shocked. I wasn't devastated. I didn't see it coming, but I'm too experienced to not know that it was a possibility even with a 25 point lead. I don't trust this team with my emotions. Me and several other over-50 fans I saw after the game wore a smirk after the game. We made eye contact and didn't have to say a word. We know this team. We know they can always find a way to F it all up, and the smile was a perverse sort of satisfaction that we didn't get fooled.
  11. In the stadium, it looked like he was right on the line. Since he was looking up to field the ball, my thought was that he could not be sure where his feet were and could not risk whether he was over the goal line. I thought that he felt he had to run to be safe.
  12. Price watch: holy crap. Big bounce from the low of $1900 on Tuesday. Sitting at $2600 right now. That really burns, I was holding out. Can't watch this thread anymore because if they drop back down below $2k I'm going to vomit. If I was going alone I would wait until Sunday morning but I had to buy 3.
  13. Keep these negative articles coming! New Yahoo! Sports Article on plummeting ticket prices. The graph in the article is misleading because it's the average price, skewed by the introduction of high priced packages. A better comparison would be daily price of cheapest ticket for each year ("Get in" price).
  14. The Niners should reconsider. Shanahan needs a few more years of seasoning here in Atlanta.
  15. I'm more optimistic. Before fees, the $2k barrier has been breached at $1950. From $2100, that's about a 7% drop. Another 7-10% tomorrow puts us at $1800, about $2300 after fees. I'm holding out. (Not to mention the rumor of NFL breaking packages open and releasing more seats.)
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