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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.)
  16. This is good information. Means those cheapest seats at $2100 are probably 2.5x over face. Absurd. Great press today that prices are tanking, will spook sellers.
  17. Hope this happens, would be awesome. The photos of tickets I'm seeing for sale online are mostly $1100 and $1700 face value. The $1100 tix are in the 600 level, so scalpers (fine, "brokers", whatever) are still asking about double right now for the cheapest seats ($2100 is what I'm seeing on Stubhub to get in the building). Coming down for sure.
  18. Same here. I think this could be disastrous for scalpers, including the NFL/Ticketmaster. Additional update: Cheapest seats on seatgeek.com are right now $2,084, so we're down 10% since yesterday. I love it.
  19. An update. Prices have plummeted over the weekend. Cheapest seats on StubHub and other sites are now $2300, including some that are upper deck sideline and not end zone or corners. Also several articles about the dropping prices, which should help spook those holding tickets. I have personally had people try to put me in touch with ticket holders who suddenly want to sell immediately-- it's because they know the market is weak and will get worse during the week. I'm confident I'll be able to get in the building for well less than $2000, if not $1500. Please report what you're seeing and let's save each other money!
  20. Hey guys, if you're thinking about going to the Super Bowl, this article is a must-read. In a nutshell, it says wait, wait, wait. There are graphs of prices for several years, and only in one of those years did the price rise during the last week. In all others it dropped dramatically. I have heard that the NFL in its infinite greed took steps to control the sale of tickets this year, and that could impact the normal trends. But everything I have read says to wait as long as possible, until the supply side starts to get nervous that they won't find a buyer. Imagine a seller still holding SB tickets on the day before as the price continues to drop. A friend knows a ticket broker who says Atlanta has a small fan base compared to other teams like Giants, Cowboys, Niners. Plus the Patriot fans don't see it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So demand should be low compared to other years. Anyway, hope this helps. I will be in Houston either way, but I'm not paying more than about $2,000-2,300 based on the article. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BUY SUPER BOWL TICKETS?
  21. No one can be surprised, not even Roddy. Teams move on from players all the time, just the biz. But Roddy was absolutely the heart of the Falcons, a team which doesn't have a lot of heart, so that has me concerned more than anything. Willie Mo was the only other guy with that special energy, in my opinion, now both are gone. Maybe Trufant will step up.
  22. This thread is not supported by the FACTS. The last 7 superbowls have had 11 unique teams out of the 14 teams. That's more than a third of the entire 32 team league. Pitt Ari NO Indy GB NYG NE Balt SF Sea Denver
  23. Get the I Heart Radio app on your phone or go online and listen to KFAN, it's been both hilarious, heartbreaking, and eye-opening this morning. The sad songs are hilarious, Brian McKnight's "One Last Cry" killed me. The eye-opening part is the die hards that call in and in complete denial about who they are as a franchise. How they think they're only a few tweaks away from a Superbowl trophy. I saw my old self in the mirror, as a Falcons fan. The fact that they just can't see that they just aren't a winning franchise, they are a perennially mediocre franchise like the Falcons. Of the road wins this weekend, no one should be surprised by any, even by the way the Seahawks and Steelers won. They are winning franchises. The Bengals and the Vikings are forever various flavors of mediocre, heck they were once 15-1 mediocre . I did tune in to Cinci's sports talk for a minute, it was just too bitter, couldn't take it.
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