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To All You So-Called Sports Writers & Media People:

I write this message today because of something that's quietly going on in a place that was the focus of attention, although of a lesser kind, during the 2007 NFL preseason and season. This place is Flowery Branch, Georgia, a place where the media was attracted to last year for the sole reason of seeing the fallout of a team that had lost its' key player, and that you people had gained yet another reason to disrespect my favorite NFL yet again. Once again, my Atlanta Falcons had become disrespected by the media and the fallout was an abysmal season followed by a an absolute atrocious act of cowardice committed by one head coach before the season had completed.

This disrespect goes much further and deeper than just the 2007 season. You see, I've been an Atlanta Falcons fan since I was five years old back in 1966. I didn't know Tommy Nobis when he was drafted, but I did get to see him play on TV. He would have to go down in history as one of the Top Ten Linebackers to ever play the game. It's apparent that none of you media types have ever seen him play or he would have been elected to the NFL's 'Hall of Fame', which is seemingly a mythical and a joke of a place because once again, my favorite NFL team, nor any of its' players, get no respect.

In 1971, Monday Night Football debuted with Howard Cosell & Company on ABC. For once a nationally televised game broadcasted during prime time. Not only did the Falcons get disrespected in not getting hardly any games played on MNF, but when the Falcons pulled the occasional upset on Sunday, Cosell did another job of disrespecting them by barely showing them in his 'Monday Night Highlight' reels. It was easy to say, Howard disliked my favorite NFL team. I disliked Howard for it too.

1978, The "Grits Blitz" Defense became one of the most dominating defenses to ever be fielded in NFL History. This defense allowed fewer points per game than the media's darlings, the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately we didn't have the offense to match and the Falcons had more work to do, still disrespected but maybe not quite as much.

1980, The Falcons finally win their first West Division title. It still makes me wonder why the NFL put a team located on the Eastern Seaboard in its' Western Division (and the Dallas Cowboys in the Eastern Division). If that was the case, maybe we would have faced the Rams instead of the Cowboys in the playoffs that year and history would have been re-written. But never the less, the loss to the Cowboys, in a year that we were respected, and picked to win the NFC Championship, but only for another losing season and further disrespect in 1981.

1998, The 'Dirty Birds', a nickname given to the Falcons this particular year where the level of play was highest since the 'Grits Blitz'. This Super Bowl team featured a power running game as well as a decently balanced passing attack. Over 30 years I had supported this franchise and to win the NFCCG over the Vikings was something I'll never forget. Minnesota had all but had their tickets for Miami and the disrespect towards the 'Birds in that game was building up then a fire got lit up and opportunity opened the door and we walked right through there, shocked those Vikings fans and stole their tickets to the Super Bowl. Although still being disrespected (For stealing the game), us long time fans were excited to say: "The Falcons are going to the Super Bowl!" We lost the game and the next season, lost Jamal Anderson and had yet another losing record.

2004, the Falcons make it to the NFCCG after beating the 'Greatest Show On Turf' 47-17 only to lose to the Eagles who finally found a way to stop our one-dimensional offense and also expose the weaknesses of the QB who was basically, single handedly running the offense. Some respect is given as we're picked (along with the Eagles) as a top contender for the 2005 season in which we opened vs. Philadelphia and hand them a whipping. But this would be the last of our high hopes as the 'train-wreck' was about to begin after this 8-8 season and the forthcoming chain of events starting with the 2006 season, when the QB flips off his fans and the Head Coach is replaced after the end of the season.

2007, Yes, you media hounds lust for this year, the absolute worst nightmare of a year that only true fans of this franchise would have to survive, sometimes wanting to give up. I'm not going into the events that happened but rather how it felt. To you media people, it would have been like Derek Jeter going to jail, and Joe Girardi leaving right now, during the last month of the Yankees season. Only having the players find a note in their locker room stating he left to go elsewhere. The difference being that the Yankees have long been a winning organization, the Falcons have been just the opposite. Us true fans pay our dues like no other team's fans and still get no respect for being loyal.

2007, A lot of the Falcons' "Bandwagon" fans turned their backs and fled, even before the head coach did. "Good riddance", we say. These people weren't fans of a team, but only of a circus sideshow. You see them occasionally, and their comments don't reflect support of the team nor do they like the changes that the team has made since the 'train wreck', which shaked the foundations, earned more media attention than has ever been obtained, and basically changed, not only the Falcons' franchise, but the NFL as a whole entity. For once, even us lifetime fans possibly questioned our loyalties because this was so hard to swallow. But as bad as 2007 was, we were a better team than the Miami Dolphins, a franchise that tasted much success.

Now to the present. During this past offseason, many moves were made by this franchise that many of you media types have totally written off and consider in a full 'rebuilding mode'. Starting at the top a new GM was hired, then a new Head Coach and staffing changes were made. Several key contributors that played on this team were released (Crumpler and Dunn) and picked up from other teams. Those that stated that they didn't want to be here were either traded (in the likes of Deangelo Hall), or cut from the team only to find out that if you were cut from here, you might as well go to the unemployment office (such is the case with Jimmy Williams and Joe Horn). How's THAT for disrespect?

This year's draft has resulted in new starters on offense: QB Matt Ryan, LT Sam Baker and WR Harry Douglas. Depth at RB is deep with the signing of Michael Turner, returning veterans Jerious Norwood & Jason Snelling, and rookie RB Thomas Brown. The WR corps is strong with Roddy White, who had a breakout season last year, Laurent Robinson, who is going into his second year and showed much promise last season. There's also the return of Brian Finneran after being out for two full seasons appears to have regained his signature 3rd Down conversion abilities. 2004 first round choice Michael Jenkins also returns and has shown significant improvement in preseason, especially with Ryan at the helm. The offensive line, a unit many consider very bad, has been hugely successful in preseason and made the decision to start a rookie QB a very easy one to make. This unit has shown a lot of intensity and somewhat questionable play and has seemingly garnished the new nickname, "The Nasty Birds". Just anyone try to disrespect this unit and they'll get in your face for it!

The defense, another big question mark, has kept opposing offenses from the end zone for 10 straight quarters going into their last preseason game. The LB corps is rock solid and the DBs have been playing very solid in their coverages. With Hall gone, a new talent has emerged in CB Brent Grimes who has been playing lights out in his preseason coverages. The defensive line has returning DE John Abraham who is a dominating pass rusher as well as a re-signed Grady Jackson, a DT that eats up a lot of space in the trenches. This unit may be the weakest link of the team as special teams has played very well during preseason. But as well as the new staff has done in addressing potential shortcomings so far, the defense will most definitely become 'Priority #1' during a draft next year that will certainly have a lot of great defensive players emerging from the college ranks.

Although another postseason game may not be in the cards this season, it is definitely not out of the realm of possibility! The offense here is capable of putting up a lot of points once Ryan gels as the QB and if the running game with Turner gets established, you can see a lot of possession time by this offense and little time for the defense to be in harm's way. Being picked to go 1-15 and/or 3-13 seems to be the norm from the media types this year and once again, their disrespect for this organization is unparralleled and they've seemingly chose to show their backs toward the Falcons, the same way the 'Bandwagoneers' have over the past year. Us true blue Falcons fans that have grown with this franchise see something really special happening here and it's our wish that you continue with your disrespect and hope that the rest of the NFL follows suit. But let me forewarn you now that I am a fan that's going to get rewarded for ALL of the heartbreak, ALL of the let downs and above all, ALL of the DISRESPECT that has come with being a lifelong fan of the Atlanta Falcons when they pull upset over upset this upcoming season. Then in the upcoming seasons, I finally get rewarded with back-to-back winning seasons for the first time. And in the end, I believe we will return to the Super Bowl and bring home that legendary Lombardi Trophy, and finally get that respect that has eluded us since 1966, when the Falcons made their first pick on who many consider the best Falcon to ever play the game, Tommy Nobis.

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thats to much reading for me but i got your drift after 1st couple paragraphs, i hope you plan on sending your article to other places cause i doubt the media spends anytime on these boards

I understand, some people just don't want to take the time to hear what a LIFETIME fan of this team wishes to state because, believe me, this would be the 'short' version of it...

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I understand, some people just don't want to take the time to hear what a LIFETIME fan of this team wishes to state because, believe me, this would be the 'short' version of it...

You educated me on the stuff before 1980 (when I first became a fan myself). I just wish I could have seen the Gritz Blitz players in action.

Rehashing the other stuff just made me want to punch a wall. :D

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Thanks, I know it was a lot to go through. I wanted to post it here and that way it would be easy to copy/paste it to the media/sports writers that are always disrespectful of our team.

Yeah, because the Falcons and they're turrible franchise never deserves to be disrespected.

Man, there will be many on this board that jump off a cliff after the 4th game when you're 0-4.

It's going to be epic

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care to define near? What, 10 years?

You must be a Falcon fan in hiding. Why would you be on this board if not. Either you got to much free time. I bet you was a huge Vick fan and you were upset by his arrest. Or you need a girl to give you some attention. I think it may be all three, because you spend alot of time on this board, especially to not be a Falcon fan.

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You must be a Falcon fan in hiding. Why would you be on this board if not. Either you got to much free time. I bet you was a huge Vick fan and you were upset by his arrest. Or you need a girl to give you some attention. I think it may be all three, because you spend alot of time on this board, especially to not be a Falcon fan.

It's sad isn't it?

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You must be a Falcon fan in hiding. Why would you be on this board if not. Either you got to much free time. I bet you was a huge Vick fan and you were upset by his arrest. Or you need a girl to give you some attention. I think it may be all three, because you spend alot of time on this board, especially to not be a Falcon fan.

I'm the only dose of reality on here. Obviously from this waste of a time "letter" you wrote I'm not the one with too much time.

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FF66 I remmber the gritz blitz and their goofy commercial (please pass the grits, greg brezina acting like he intercepted the bowl.) I remember John madden saying at the 1980 super bowl that the best team in football wasn't there (falcons). I remember Wiiliam Andrews first play as a Falcon a draw play good for 12 or 14 yards. I remember the super bowl tickets already being printed before the nfcc games saying sb33 vikings vs broncos when Morton Anderson kicked them right back to the printer.

I know most of you will look at my post count and say newbie, I don't really care, all I care about is win or lose this season I'm proud to say I'm a Falcon Fan!

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Great post.

How about someone sending it to the AJC? Let's see if they have the balls to post it in the paper.

How about someone sending it to the Falcon's front office? Let them know there are some true fans out there that are behind them 100%.

Yeah, I'll make dam-ned sure I send one to Terrence Moore!

Excellent post FF66.

Thank You! I got so tired of all of the traditional posts so I thought I would share this 'message' to everyone on this MB.

Great read. I agree with you 100%. The Falcons will shock the world in the near future.

'The Near Future' starts a week from this Sunday! Our game vs the Lions should be a high scoring shootout, unless that defense we've been seeing in the preseason shows up to keep Detroit out of the end zone!

Yeah, because the Falcons and they're turrible franchise never deserves to be disrespected.

Man, there will be many on this board that jump off a cliff after the 4th game when you're 0-4.

It's going to be epic

You see Jigga, that's where you are wrong. This team may not win until mid-season but all it's going to take is a single "W" to start this thing rolling. That could happen in week 1 followed by a 'surprising upset' of the Bucs in week 2. But you see, the ones that are 'still' on board after last year's disaster aren't going to be phased by an 0-4 start as that's what's 'expected' of our team.

So, after your team's defense gets busted in the mouth by the "Nasty Birds", I can see YOU jumping off of this board.... It's going to really be EPIC!!!

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great read & as another long time die hard fan(since 75)i share your passion for this team.i have mentioned the RESPECT a few times in my posts this year because, as you said, we have never really had any, but i for one still have pride in being a falcons fan, and that will never waiver. the train wreck last year had me not talking about football much here in fl, because for the first time ever, i was kind of ashamed to admit i was a falcons fan, but never backed down from admitting it...we are finally doing things the right way & i truly believe that we are going to earn the respect you speak of & begin new words that hasnt been seen much, if at all when talking about this franchise such as era,contenders,personality(as in the one we are going to develop), elite, and ,yes, im gonna say it.....dynasty....the times are changing & its our turn to take the respect that has avoided us....bTw...when did we get the nickname 'nasty birds" & where did it come from & why?

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Yeah, because the Falcons and they're turrible franchise never deserves to be disrespected.

Man, there will be many on this board that jump off a cliff after the 4th game when you're 0-4.

It's going to be epic

how can we be 0-4 when we are going to go to tampa week 2 and punch em in the mouth walk out with a double digit win and set your whole season in a tailspin.....3-1 after week 4.....tou better worry about your own team, because they are in disarray, not to mention OLD,SLOW, & BREAKING DOWN
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Good effort, good points, but I'd consider some editing before sending it to any media folks.

Yeah, it's kind of a rough draft but at least 'we' get the idea...

FF66 I remmber the gritz blitz and their goofy commercial (please pass the grits, greg brezina acting like he intercepted the bowl.) I remember John madden saying at the 1980 super bowl that the best team in football wasn't there (falcons). I remember Wiiliam Andrews first play as a Falcon a draw play good for 12 or 14 yards. I remember the super bowl tickets already being printed before the nfcc games saying sb33 vikings vs broncos when Morton Anderson kicked them right back to the printer.

I know most of you will look at my post count and say newbie, I don't really care, all I care about is win or lose this season I'm proud to say I'm a Falcon Fan!

I remember that commercial, it was kind of cheesy. Wasn't Kap'n Krazy (Kuykendall) in it too? I too remember the Madden statement after the Raiders won it all that year. Andrews was an absolute beast at RB. I remember meeting him in 1985, guy was too good a guy to have such a bad thing happen to him. I'm a proud Falcon Fan too and have been since DAY ONE.

Great passion...great letter...and I agree with your musings

Oh, and because I saw what you said in a quoted post Jigga, you're still a complete Dbag

Thank You! I've been through more crap being a fan of this team that a jack@ss like "Jigga Donkey" is not going to phase me one bit in my support of 'my team'...

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