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Forecast: More fun to hate the Falcons when they're good

Credit: Associated Press

Forecast: More fun to hate the Falcons when they're good

by Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer

wwltv.com

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Updated yesterday at 2:17 PM

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* Print out your "Bless You Boys" flyer

* Send your Saints fan photos

OPINION: Atlanta is going to be really good for the next few years and I couldn’t be more excited. Why? It’s because the Atlanta Falcons will be much more fun to hate if their games against the Saints actually matter.

Don’t get me wrong, hating the Falcons is already quite delicious. My hatred for all things Falcon warms my soul on a cold November night during the football season. My hatred for the Falcons has been pure and good except beating the Falcons has never really meant anything. Sure, beating the Falcons in the Superdome used to mean not having to watch Atlanta fans leave the stadium doing that drunken cousin version of the chicken dance they called the ‘Dirty Bird’ and that was reason enough to celebrate for a month. But the Saints-Falcons games always had the importance of two hungry men fighting over a can of cat food. It didn’t really matter who won because deep down both team’s fans knew they were losers.

Hating the Falcons most of the time was like watching your dumb next door neighbor fall down in the mud and then laughing at him. Then the next day you fall in the same mud he did the day before and he mocks you. This has gone on for 40 plus years.

Well my friends it’s all about to change. The Saints have the Lombardi trophy and the Falcons finally managed to cobble together two straight winning seasons for the first time ever. The Saints-Falcon games are important now. Playoffs, division titles, and homefield advantage might all be in play! So the hatred will only intensify - just you wait.

Matt Ryan - soon you’ll hate him so much you’ll be yelling things at your TV like, “Matty Ice is the dumbest nickname in the history of nicknames. Ryan’s nickname sounds like some cheap college beer I bought on sale after an LSU football game that made me vomit just like watching Ryan does.” And the hate will feel so good. Hating people in real life and calling them names and insulting them is wrong and even frowned at in public. Hating a football team, insulting their goofy looking QB in the comfort of your own home is not only ok, why it’s what makes football so fantastic.

While fans of both teams can remember a lot of the crazy games the fact is only one game the Saints-Falcons contest was really important in the grand scheme of the NFL. The December 28, 1991 playoff game which the Falcons won with Jerry Glanville, MC Hammer, and Evander Holyfield on the sideline in overtime. If my hatred for all things Atlanta Falcons ever runs low I just think of Michael Haynes running by a bewildered Milton Mack for the game winning touchdown.

/bangs head on table and looks for something to punch.

Atlanta now that both you and the Saints are actually good football teams the hate, vile, and disgust I hurl at you will have real meaning. This gets me so excited I want to kiss you but instead I’d probably just punch you in the face.

The Week’s games

Last Week:3-2

Season: 6-4

New Orleans (-4) vs. Atlanta: Hey Atlanta, the Saints are coming off a short week, a cross country flight, and won’t have Reggie Bush so you probably won’t ever have a better chance to beat Drew Brees in the Superdome. I have no idea what to make of Atlanta. They lost to a team with no QB (Pittsburgh) then beat a team with no QB (Arizona) so I’m not ready to believe their defense is any better. This should a good test for the Saints defense.

The Saints usually play better run defense at home and have a better pass rush. The offense will get on track but consider this the opening chapter in the book where the Saints are the mountain the Falcons will take about three years to climb. We’ll call this chapter ‘Matt Ryan’s trail of tears’ and we’ll bottle those tears to make a Hurricane to drink after the game to celebrate. Remember kids to always drink responsibly and enjoy those Matt Ryan tears.

Saints 38-31

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Don’t get me wrong, hating the Falcons is already quite delicious. My hatred for all things Falcon warms my soul on a cold November night during the football season. My hatred for the Falcons has been pure and good except beating the Falcons has never really meant anything. Sure, beating the Falcons in the Superdome used to mean not having to watch Atlanta fans leave the stadium doing that drunken cousin version of the chicken dance they called the ‘Dirty Bird’ and that was reason enough to celebrate for a month. But the Saints-Falcons games always had the importance of two hungry men fighting over a can of cat food. It didn’t really matter who won because deep down both team’s fans knew they were losers.

Don't think anyone here feels any different about the Aints and their fans, the few there actually are?

While I would love to win the Superbowl, the only other thing that matters is we pummel the Saints. The best part would be if we blew up their playoff chances in the second matchup.

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In all honesty, you could change the word "Falcons" with "Saints" and it would be the same thing. He is right...the franchises have been so even over the years but it seems like when one is up, the other is down.

But yeah, I hate the Saints. The scheduling they got last year from the league pushed me into extreme hate. I want them all dead.

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Actually, I think this article is pretty accurate minus the score prediction.

There is definitely a mutual hatred of each team from the rival city. Also, outside of '91, most of our meetings haven't had important implications for BOTH teams. Until recently, Carolina and Tampa Bay have always been one of the two NFC South front-runners. I know Tampa started 2-0, but I think we all know this season the South is going to come down to Our Falcons and the N.O Aints. Also, we are going to win, and screw the Saints :)

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I think the article was spot on about the rivalry. We've never enjoyed the "national spotlight" rivalry-wise since most of the time our teams were playing for nothing more than braggin rights. Not for the division, not two titans exchanging blows. It was simply the mutual dislike for each team that fueled the rivalry and it was regional. If the two teams can continue to get better, we will have that Monday Night, prime time matchup so the rest of the nation can see there is more to the NFL than Bears/Packers, Cowboys/Eagles.

While my dislike for the Falcons is in my blood, the Vikings and Cowboys are currently tops on my list of teams that I truly enjoy watching thier demise. But at the end Falcons will always be a team I root for to do as bad as they possibly can when playing us. :P

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Yea, I don't really disagree with the article at all. I think it's pretty accurate.

I don't like the Saints as a team, but unlike the Bucs and Panthers, I'm finding it hard to pick a few guys on their team that I loathe. I'm sure it'll come though...we haven't really seen the "chippiness" we see against our other NFC South rivals in games against them recently. I'm sure it's coming though.

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Yea, I don't really disagree with the article at all. I think it's pretty accurate.

I don't like the Saints as a team, but unlike the Bucs and Panthers, I'm finding it hard to pick a few guys on their team that I loathe. I'm sure it'll come though...we haven't really seen the "chippiness" we see against our other NFC South rivals in games against them recently. I'm sure it's coming though.

Same here, the only guy I really don't like is Jeremy Shockey, the rest of the team is hard to hate. I actually find most of the fans easier to despise, the long time Saints fans are tolerable, it's the bandwagon jumpers that are really annoying.

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Same here, the only guy I really don't like is Jeremy Shockey, the rest of the team is hard to hate. I actually find most of the fans easier to despise, the long time Saints fans are tolerable, it's the bandwagon jumpers that are really annoying.

Me too! He was the only guy I could really say I didn't like on that team. With the fans, like you said I can tolerate the fans that have been Saints fans forever, but I go to a sports bar up here in DC every few weeks with my friends that suddenly became the "unofficial" Saints Bar for watching games in this city and all of a sudden everyone was on the bandwagon last season...doing the 2nd line when they won the game, etc.

Made me wanna puke!

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Me too! He was the only guy I could really say I didn't like on that team. With the fans, like you said I can tolerate the fans that have been Saints fans forever, but I go to a sports bar up here in DC every few weeks with my friends that suddenly became the "unofficial" Saints Bar for watching games in this city and all of a sudden everyone was on the bandwagon last season...doing the 2nd line when they won the game, etc.

Made me wanna puke!

They're horrible, just about as bad as the Cowboy fans of the 90's and the Pats fans of the early 2000's. Long time Aints fans understand the history of the team and I felt happy for a few of them that I work when they won, they are from NOLA originally and understand the long civil war between the Falcons and the Aints. They can also acknowledge that the Falcons are good and are going to be good for a long time.

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Aints fan had to find a way to throw the word HURRICANE in his story, surprised. if his tears can make a hurricane watch out for his sweat &^%$#@!

ROTFLMAO...just wow. Do you even know what the author is referring to?

i understand you may not be the most "traveled" so i'll give you a hint: Pat O'Brien's.

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Forecast: More fun to hate the Falcons when they're good

Credit: Associated Press

Forecast: More fun to hate the Falcons when they're good

by Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer

wwltv.com

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Updated yesterday at 2:17 PM

Related:

* Watch Channel 4's new Bless You Boys spot

* Print out your "Bless You Boys" flyer

* Send your Saints fan photos

OPINION: Atlanta is going to be really good for the next few years and I couldn’t be more excited. Why? It’s because the Atlanta Falcons will be much more fun to hate if their games against the Saints actually matter.

Don’t get me wrong, hating the Falcons is already quite delicious. My hatred for all things Falcon warms my soul on a cold November night during the football season. My hatred for the Falcons has been pure and good except beating the Falcons has never really meant anything. Sure, beating the Falcons in the Superdome used to mean not having to watch Atlanta fans leave the stadium doing that drunken cousin version of the chicken dance they called the ‘Dirty Bird’ and that was reason enough to celebrate for a month. But the Saints-Falcons games always had the importance of two hungry men fighting over a can of cat food. It didn’t really matter who won because deep down both team’s fans knew they were losers.

Hating the Falcons most of the time was like watching your dumb next door neighbor fall down in the mud and then laughing at him. Then the next day you fall in the same mud he did the day before and he mocks you. This has gone on for 40 plus years.

Well my friends it’s all about to change. The Saints have the Lombardi trophy and the Falcons finally managed to cobble together two straight winning seasons for the first time ever. The Saints-Falcon games are important now. Playoffs, division titles, and homefield advantage might all be in play! So the hatred will only intensify - just you wait.

Matt Ryan - soon you’ll hate him so much you’ll be yelling things at your TV like, “Matty Ice is the dumbest nickname in the history of nicknames. Ryan’s nickname sounds like some cheap college beer I bought on sale after an LSU football game that made me vomit just like watching Ryan does.” And the hate will feel so good. Hating people in real life and calling them names and insulting them is wrong and even frowned at in public. Hating a football team, insulting their goofy looking QB in the comfort of your own home is not only ok, why it’s what makes football so fantastic.

While fans of both teams can remember a lot of the crazy games the fact is only one game the Saints-Falcons contest was really important in the grand scheme of the NFL. The December 28, 1991 playoff game which the Falcons won with Jerry Glanville, MC Hammer, and Evander Holyfield on the sideline in overtime. If my hatred for all things Atlanta Falcons ever runs low I just think of Michael Haynes running by a bewildered Milton Mack for the game winning touchdown.

/bangs head on table and looks for something to punch.

Atlanta now that both you and the Saints are actually good football teams the hate, vile, and disgust I hurl at you will have real meaning. This gets me so excited I want to kiss you but instead I’d probably just punch you in the face.

The Week’s games

Last Week:3-2

Season: 6-4

New Orleans (-4) vs. Atlanta: Hey Atlanta, the Saints are coming off a short week, a cross country flight, and won’t have Reggie Bush so you probably won’t ever have a better chance to beat Drew Brees in the Superdome. I have no idea what to make of Atlanta. They lost to a team with no QB (Pittsburgh) then beat a team with no QB (Arizona) so I’m not ready to believe their defense is any better. This should a good test for the Saints defense.

The Saints usually play better run defense at home and have a better pass rush. The offense will get on track but consider this the opening chapter in the book where the Saints are the mountain the Falcons will take about three years to climb. We’ll call this chapter ‘Matt Ryan’s trail of tears’ and we’ll bottle those tears to make a Hurricane to drink after the game to celebrate. Remember kids to always drink responsibly and enjoy those Matt Ryan tears.

Saints 38-31

And the Vikings and 49ers have QB's? The Steelers have one of, if not the best Def in the league. Beside 2 bad plays on Def we have looked very good. I really dont see the Saints putting up more then 24 on us.

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i loved the article, because it's as true as it can be. I love the reference to laughing at your neighbor for falling in the mud only to fall in it yourself the next day.

This is a good representation of how our rivarly and good ol fashioned hate is for each other.

Obviously, i would have like it better from a falcons perspective, but it's true. With actual season importance behind the games, it makes them that much more enjoyable to watch and to HATE THE 'AINTS!!!!

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