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  1. Yup, can't say that they didn't at least try this offseason...
  2. If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas wouldn't we? I've stated before that had they won that game of infamy around a year earlier that a second world title would likely be sitting on Arthur's mantle right now. That team had a hangover but was the only NFC team from 2016 to return to the playoffs the following year. And even though we all thoroughly enjoyed the Minneapolis Miracle (and still do), I'm not betting the house on the Vikings coming off such an emotional high like that to win the following week; case in point, the performance they had in the NFC Title game at Philly (if you can call it that)...
  3. Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads out there...
  4. Could GM lend them the Geo, Saturn, or Oldsmobile name to the Superdump to save face? Is Enron, Adelphia, or MCI available?
  5. What else could we expect from Son of Jessie? Of course, he's a beast...
  6. Okay, you win. My rationale was that the win in 2012 could possibly help them avoid what happened in that game. But winning it all in 1980 erases a myriad of sins that the franchise committed in the decade that followed. From letting go of a ton of players on that squad shortly afterwards (see '82 strike), to Bennett's firing ('we've reached a plateau'), to bringing in Dan Henning and later promoting (gulp) Marion Campbell because even high school coaches were turning them down, to running live drills before the season that got William Andrews hurt, the near move to Jacksonville, the multiple swings and misses in the draft, not to mention having to listen to most of those games on the radio because they were blacked on local TV (you could literally count sellout crowds at AFCS between '83-89 with one hand). A whole lot of history is instantly changed with them beating Dallas and later Philadelphia (tall order but they beat them earlier that season on the road) and Oakland in the Super Bowl. Man, a statue of Leeman Bennett would be standing in the front of MBS alongside the Falcon monument had he pulled that off and the Smiths had kept that team in tact. Ironically, the Super Bowl that they missed in '80 and '12 were both held in, you guessed it, New Orleans. Talk about missing the ultimate 'mic drop' and walk away laughing moment that we would've enjoyed to this very day. No wonder Aint fans are still pissed off over that loss to the Rams...
  7. I'll say 2012 because it would've been the perfect sendoff for that era in terms of Gonzales, Abraham, Turner, and McClure all retiring or at least seriously considering it. With that, there isn't such a serious sense of urgency to bring guys back or add folks who didn't fit (see Jackson, Steven) because they didn't win it. An infusion of young talent was sorely needed on that squad as it was seriously lacking depth in many areas (and it showed in 2013 and '14); much of this didn't happen as we painfully found out as they went 'all in' and rolled snake eyes. It also would've been a great redemption story for Ryan and Mike Smith, who both were wearing the 'great in the regular season but can't get it done in the playoffs' collar. It also would've likely bought Smith an extra year or two, so there's that. But one can make the argument that what happened in that game may not have due to more folks on the field and on the sidelines having more experience in such an atmosphere from having played in a Super Bowl four years earlier. So by winning it in '12, they might have won another one in '16 (and possibly '17) as well. Forget about Ryan going to the Hall; he'd already be proofreading his acceptance speech right now. And the Don would already have engineers on site trying to figure out how to stuff more seats into MBS instead of worrying about no-shows at the gate...
  8. I talked about this a few times already. I've been a fan of this franchise dating back to the late-'70s so that would've been the culmination of many losses, bad coaches, failed seasons, a near relocation, and everything else in between. Had they won it all in 2016, I'd still be watching video clips of everything like it was the first time to this very day. I recorded everything on my DVR at the time; from the interviews at the big press conference they had earlier in the week, to the pregame, and the actual game itself (safe to say, they're all gone now). Every time I hit the grill after that day would've been a replay of the game on the flatscreen from start to finish; commercials, halftime show (would've put it on mute), and all. And I probably would've been a teary-eyed, drunken mess after each time like I would've been had they actually won it. And the celebration afterwards, oh boy. I already told my staff that if they won, I wouldn't be in any earthly condition to return to work until after the parade so insert your own imagination. I would've had enough sense to avoid serious jail time but I'm making no guarantees after that. And like others on this thread, the last few seasons would've been a blur because the emphasis on getting back and redeeming themselves from that game would've been moot. I wouldn't be able to tell you what won-loss records they had or even if they made the playoffs the last two seasons. In fact, I'll still argue that had they won, there's a good chance of a possible repeat (they were one catch away from being in the NFC Title game against a very beatable Vikings team). Getting back-to-back Lombardi trophies and beating the Patriots to win both would've had me turning into a very arrogant sports fan real quick. Saint fans would have to create a paywall to their board to keep us from waving championship rings in their faces like John Cena. Oh well...
  9. Now you're speaking my language. I'd rather watch the Death Star target my house than watch any moment of that game again...
  10. Good point. Wendy's social media crew are beyond vicious. They'll make you want to fight one of the employees. The Hawks' staff is one of the best in pro sports, though...
  11. Agreed. They don't win many ballgames but that social media staff of theirs is not the ones to **** around with. They'll embarrass you in a jiffy...
  12. Oh my. Seriously, I needed that laugh this morning...
  13. I was a freshmen in college and was living out of state and the sports fan in me wished that I was born a year later. Both the Braves and Falcons suddenly started winning after spending so many years being the butt of jokes locally and nationally. If newbies ever thought that they had it bad right now with this team, try sticking with this team during the mid-late '80s. Consecutive 7-9 seasons would've gotten Dan Quinn a statue built downtown back then...
  14. Trying my best not to remember this game. Permanently lost my appetite for gambling after that night...
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