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  1. Service Desk technician for a college. However, I believe I'm the only sports fan on my team. I am a Renaissance Man.
  2. Prime Time to Hall of Fame Deion Sanders now gives prime time to kids The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10:22 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2011 This is a bold new day in the pantheon of sporting immortals. For the first time, a player with a significant amount of Falcons DNA will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When the speechifying is done today in Canton, Ohio, it will not be the franchise's first-ever draft pick (Tommy Nobis) nor its signature pass rusher (Claude Humphrey) nor one of its trusty former linemen (Jeff Van Note, Mike Kenn) who finally will lend the Falcons some Hall of Fame gravitas. Rather, it will be a newer model Falcon, one who spent the first five years of a brazen, highlight-laden 13-year career in Atlanta, one who ultimately had to move on to find success and fill out a legacy. Deion Sanders did the free-agent strut out of town in 1994, bound for Super Bowl titles first in San Francisco and then Dallas. The idea of him building a career worthy of Canton was taking shape even then, judging from a parting conversation Sanders had with the then-boss of the Falcons. "I remember Taylor Smith telling me point blank — even with the [somewhat contentious] separation we had — that if you go to the Hall of Fame, please remember us," Sanders said recently. That he has, happily latching onto the designation as the Hall's first Falcon. "Every man likes to be the first of anything," he said. Arthur Blank, who bought the Falcons from the Smith family more than seven years after Sanders left for greener fields, will lead a small contingent of team executives to Ohio for the ceremony. Sanders, who lives outside of Dallas, arrived in Canton on Thursday aboard one of seven buses carrying three youth football teams that he sponsors through his charitable foundation back home. That arrival was quite different than the one 22 years ago, when he touched down at Hartsfield-Jackson as the Falcons' first draft pick. He showed up then weighed down in gold and diamonds, as flashy as a Vegas lounge act. The days of ostentatious bling are long over, Sanders said. For one thing, his fingers are too bent by football to accommodate multiple rings. For another, he said, "I'm working with kids – I don't have time to take off necklaces." "Jewelry was bait," Sanders said. "I don't need bait now." Sanders was in the Atlanta area three weeks ago on a tour with his youth teams. That weekend, he also held a pre-Hall of Fame fund-raising party downtown, billed as a sort of homecoming for a former Falcon. That event was far more palatable than another return. Barely a month after leaving for San Francisco, Sanders came in with the 49ers to play the Falcons in the 2-year-old Georgia Dome. San Francisco won by 39 — a game in which Sanders pranced into the end zone during a 93-yard interception return and got into a slap fight with receiver Andre Rison. To the media afterward, Sanders declared that he stilled owned the Falcons' home field. "It's my house!" he yapped. These days, Sanders says he has retired the loud "Prime Time" persona in favor of that of a man who spends his days either talking football for the NFL Network or shuttling — in a mini-van, no less — between his home and the high school where his youth program is based. That simpler side of him has always been there, he said, but "no one really cared about that part of me. You cared about the guy who danced and high-stepped and all that." Of his post-football life, Sanders said he has found a purpose working with kids in the Dallas area. "I'm not lost; I'm not searching; I know who I am and what I am and where I need to go." Few know Sanders as well as Jamie Dukes, a former teammate both at FSU and with the Falcons. Today, Sanders sits on the board of Dukes' charity. Dukes recognized a "metamorphosis" beginning in his old friend not long after Sanders left the Falcons, as he slowly began to give form to his charitable instincts. That process is becoming complete with Sanders' youth program, called the Prime Time Association. "He's always had a giving heart," Dukes said. "It was just hard for people to see the difference from the showman, because the showman generated the dollars." That showman was one of the most dynamic players in league history. Never an enthusiastic hitter, Sanders bent games with his speed and his instincts. He returned a punt for a touchdown in his first game as a Falcon. A cornerback by trade, he also had 60 catches (three touchdowns) on offense for Atlanta and Dallas. He dissuaded opposing quarterbacks from even looking to his side of the field — and reaped 53 career interceptions, nine for touchdowns, from those who challenged him. "When he got on the football field, he backed up everything," Smith said. During one ultimately fruitless session in which Smith was trying to sign Sanders to a new long-term contract, he remembered his star telling him, "Taylor, you have to pay for 'it.' Only a few players have that special something, that 'it.'" "And he was right," Smith said. Like Bo Jackson, Sanders bounced between football and baseball. It is only Jackson that Dukes ranks ahead of Sanders as the most gifted athlete he has ever seen. So transcendent were Sanders' talents that Dukes contends he still could have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer had he played his entire career with the Falcons, winning not a single Super Bowl. The man made the moment; the moment didn't have to make the man. He was just a cut above anyone else who ever wore a stylized raptor on the side of his helmet, maintains the onetime Falcons center. "I can't think of another [Falcons] player whose Deion's brilliance didn't far exceed. No disrespect, but just comparing apples to apples," Dukes said. Just five seasons in Atlanta, then, were enough to establish Sanders as a Falcons all-timer. Five seasons out of 13 total makes Sanders a bit more than 38 percent Falcon. And a 38 percent Falcon gaining entrance to the Hall of Fame has to be better than no Falcon at all. And proclaiming, "I hope I open the door for many other Falcons," Sanders even set himself up as a trailblazing advocate for a franchise that has gone un-represented among the bronze busts of Canton.
  3. Did anyone notice how he gushed all over the Saints like they got 5 starters? He even points out that the first 2 picks are really the ones worth noting. But, according to his most humble of opinions, they will soon return to their SB form and had one of the most impactful drafts. What?!? How is that? We got a stud WR and they got a stud RB. We already had a running and passing attack, which we just upgraded. They had a passing attack with no consistent run game. So, because they had less and upgraded then that is measured bigger than ours? Like someone else already said, it's not like we got a constant #2. Wasn't Roddy a second or third option when he first came into the league? What was Wes Welker with Randy Moss? And our secondary was the least of our problems defensively. We couldn't pressure the QB and when we did get there we couldn't bring him down. A team that went 13-3 and lost to the eventual SB champions improved some minor issues. While a team that lost more games, lost to the Browns and lost to the less than .500 Seahawks, is considered much improved by adding 2 nice players and a few questionable ones. GTFOH!
  4. In my most humble of opinions, neither side gives a flip about the one party that makes all the wheels truly turn. That is us, the fan. I understand both sides and how they see each as being on the right one. Lost in all of this is that we may not have football. Because when it comes down to it, none of us really care because we don't see not one penny of that money.
  5. Do I honestly expect them to play in 30+ year-old stadiums? Yes, if they have to. I have a 15 year-old car I love and HAVE to drive. I'm not trying to get another one, with the help of tax payers, that is way larger and more expensive then whine about it and say I'm not making enough money now. And as far as outbidding for players...first, they show they don't give a darn about how fans feel. If they didn't this would be a much quieter message board. When has fan griping every got a team to do anything? And you missed the point. The NFL is not truly a group of competing companies like Coke v. Pepsi; it's more like Coke v. Diet Coke v. Cherry Coke. So yes, outbidding each other for players then saying we pay them too much and no longer make enough profit is ludicrous and a self inflicted wound. I never said anything about scrapping the system the way it is. What I'm saying is they shouldn't act like it doesn't exist and are losing so much money. They are in a partnership of sorts with the players mainly because of the specialized skill set required to play in the NFL. No, this is not a traditional employee/employer relationship and so the normal rules do not apply. So, they can't act like they do to win an argument. Finally, you can verify this but I don't believe bonus money is paid upfront. It is just guaranteed. That is a difference. That's why they had to go after money they owed Vick. It wasn't that he had it but they didn't want to have to continue to pay what was left due to him. Yes, guaranteed contracts would make a lot of sense just as the proposed rookie cap does. If you knew you had to pay this guy the money you sign him for no matter what, maybe you'd make sure him and his teammates were better protected. Maybe you would really look at the length and amount and in the long run salaries could fall into a better place.
  6. Well, if I had a billion dollars, invested it and returned a gain of about 40 million, I don't know about you but I'd consider that profit. Just as we question the players and what they are doing with their money, why don't we do that with the owners? No one told them to build new stadiums. And no one, especially, told them to outbid each other when it came to signing FA's or draft picks. They are bidding against themselves and then turn around and share the profits of the league with each other to stay afloat and competitive. Actually, that doesn't even sound American does it? P.S-Players don't receive their contract money in one lump sum. And unlike other sports, when they cut them, they don't get any of that money. The team takes a cap penalty but the player gets nothing.
  7. AJC article Success of new stadium depends on deal with Falcons By Leon Stafford The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 5:58 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 How the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and the Atlanta Falcons structure the deal will determine whether a new open-air football stadium or an expanded Georgia Dome is a winner or a boondoggle for the state. Industry watchers said that the negotiations -- for a new stadium, and less so for an expanded Dome -- will involve who owns the facility, how much the state will have to pay for new construction or expansion, team lease terms, and what revenue sharing of lucrative parking and food and beverage sales will resemble. Other questions will include how much the building will it cost, the amount the state will have to earn to pay off bonds it will use to fund its part of construction and who will manage the facilities if there is a new stadium and the Dome continues operations, which the GWCCA officials have said they would prefer. "They'll first have to figure out what the Falcons are willing to put up and the rest of the deal will float from that," said Ken Bernhardt, a Georgia State University marketing professor. Victor Matheson, associate economics professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., said the real challenge will be to prove if it's prudent to undertake such an expensive project during such hard economic times. Some people will offer that it's a job stimulus. Matheson said the money could be spent just as easily in other areas, making that argument a wash. "Even if the stimulus argument is accepted, building a stadium is likely to be a very inefficient generator of jobs for the price," Matheson said. The GWCCA, a state agency that oversees operations of the Georgia Dome, the Falcons' current home, on Tuesday directed staff to pursue a "memorandum of understanding" as a next step between the agency and the team on stadium plans. The agency said a new stadium could cost $700 million and be constructed on Ivan Allen Boulevard between Northside Drive and Marietta Street. The state projects that it could raise between $350 million and $400 million if it goes to the bond market in 2013 or 2014. The remaining cost would be paid by the Falcons. The Falcons have not commented publicly since Tuesday, and the GWCCA on Friday issued the following statement: "It wouldn't be appropriate at this early stage to speculate as to what business terms surrounding a potential new stadium are priorities for the GWCCA. Business terms will be developed with the Atlanta Falcons during the 'Memorandum of Understanding' process, which could take up to a year to finalize." The underlying factor, Matheson said, is the Falcons are under intense pressure because of the changing economic dynamics of the National Football League. "Under the current collective bargaining agreement, teams are required to have a payroll that is a fixed percentage of the average team revenue of the league, " Matheson said. "'Unlike salary caps in the NBA, in the NFL, there is both a cap and a floor. As other teams like the [Dallas] Cowboys build monster, revenue-generating stadiums, it drives up the league average, increasing the salary floor that teams like the Falcons are required to hit." Dallas' new Cowboys Stadium cost $1.2 billion, while the New Meadowlands Stadium for the New York Giants and the New York Jets topped out at $1.6 billion. To pay for the behemoth fields, the teams raised ticket prices, increased parking fees and designed luxury suites to sell for top dollar. The Falcons' deal to play in the Dome doesn't allow them to capture as much of the proceeds and the situation is less competitive than it is for other teams in the league. In fiscal 2009, the Dome had revenue of $31 million, according to the GWCCA. The Falcons received $16.6 million while the Dome kept $14.3 million for operations and to pay down debt. "Only ticket revenue and television revenues are shared throughout the league, so all of those hot dogs [Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones is selling in Dallas means money in Jones' pocket, but higher salary requirements for everyone else," Matheson said. "Hence the drive by teams like the Falcons to have someone else build them a new stadium in order to generate the revenues needed to meet payroll." Find this article at: http://www.ajc.com/s...ium-856618.html
  8. Well gee, a 10-6 team just won the Super Bowl. So maybe we should have just lost those games then. And we still would have had back-to-back-to-back winning seasons for the first time EVER. So I guess our man-eating defense was responsible for the wins since it wasn't Ryan...or was it Turner blazing speed? Man, are you even a fan of this team? I'll be as critical as it's warranted but try to at least act like you know football.
  9. He overpaid because it was the market. He was the best corner available and we had the greatest need. How was TD gonna negotiate the price down when the player had the leverage? And I'm not throwing Robinson away on one season. It wasn't like he was consistently burned. Heck, they almost never went to his side. He battled two injuries and adjusting to a totally new scheme. In my most humble of opinions, he was worth his money this season. Now, without improvement then that changes things. That is why an investment is measured over time and not instantly.
  10. I know he's overlooked by many on this board. But has anyone mentioned that game against GB was probably the worst one Grimes had all year. He seemed a step off. Also, Williams may be a better cover guy than Owens, However, I don't think hard-hitting Owens will miss many opportunities to knock Rodgers on his arse. I know he's overlooked by many on this board. But has anyone mentioned that game against GB was probably the worst one Grimes had all year. He seemed a step off. Also, Williams may be a better cover guy than Owens, However, I don't think hard-hitting Owens will miss many opportunities to knock Rodgers on his arse.
  11. Why are the Falcon's getting tips? They are the number 1 seed. They are at home. They had the bye. Oh, and they beat them already this season. Could it be because Aaron Rodgers just won his first playoff game? Or maybe because they "finally have a running game?" Oh, I know. It's because they are the Hot Team. Please Falcons, just win for your city and fans. I don't even care anymore about what anyone else thinks.
  12. Article link This was the meat of the article so that's what I posted. Click on the link to read the rest. Now, I'm an Atlanta native and lifelong fan so I've had my heart broken on too many occasions. But sometimes it is what it is. This team is not like the ones before. They play solid, smart and consistent football. Whatever happens, I think they'll leave it all on the field. But from this current owner, GM, coach and core of players, I expect greatness.
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