Tandy Posted August 13, 2011 Share Posted August 13, 2011 Okay, first of all, I have to gloat. The lockout brought one absolutely fantabulous thing for me - a change of seats. We are on the aisle - row 7 at the 40 on the Falcons side. I felt like I was on the sidelines. Amazing! You can hear the players, see their expressions, watch everything that's happening on the field - and the feeling is amazing!Now - for my nightWe went down to the tunnel when we went in - around 5:30 and watched the players warming up on the field. Julio Jones was looking great out there in warm ups - and then he headed back to the tunnel. I had my husbands hat in my hand and I hollered - Julio! I wished him luck - and then he started into the tunnel. He took a few steps - stopped - started again - then stopped and turned around and held his hands up to me! I was soooo pumped! I tossed him my sharpie and the hat because it's all I had with me - and he signed it. So, I have his sig - and I'm so happy about it! What a great kid!Then there were the frisbee dogs before the game. They always make me happy and last night was no different. Such a simple thing to make the fans happy - thanks, Falcons!Then there was the fact that Abe's sister sits 2 seats in front of us - that was pretty great too! Now, for the real reason I'm giddy all over. Watching our first team was awesome! The first couple of throws - in fact, the first drive attempt was frustrating for me. I said, OK - they have to shake off the jitters, but I wasn't thrilled anyway - in fact, I was frankly nervous. Logically, I knew that we were looking at a team that had no OTA's or mini-camps and I know defense gels before offense - but still, there is the emotional side that tugs at you anyway. Then that first string took off. The first time Julio caught the ball - he looked literally like a speeding bullet. He was so fast that I jumped back in my seat. You could hear the people around us as well. We were all shocked at the burst of speed shown by that young man. It reminded me of another player we had once. The speed you see on television and video is one thing - seeing it live, especially the first time you see it - is shocking. I have seen the replays of those catches several times since the game and it just doesn't show it. I'm telling you folks, I'm sold. I'm absolutely buying into this kid. He is about as electric, explosive and exciting as any player we've EVER had on our roster. Now, guys, I was a h-u-g-e Vick fan. I adored him so much when he was a Falcon. I still have to watch him every chance I get because I admire his athleticism and speed and escapism. I think he's amazing as a football player. I don't root for him because he's in our conference, but I still admire his play. When Vick was a Falcon, I was always so excited and pumped up to see him hit the field. You just never knew what you were going to see - but you knew there were going to be those moments that made you jump back in your seat and gasp in a little air. Well, I'm going to tell you right now that this is exactly what I see in Julio. Exactly what I felt after seeing him live on the field. I know it's the first preseason game. I know it's preseason. I know, I know, I know. I don't care. When you see that "Wow" factor, you know it. I'm going on record right now and saying it. He is the real deal. This guy is going to be a super star. You can mark it, package it and store it in the vault. He's electric, powerful, big and smart. To borrow a phrase from a friend of mine.... he's going to be a stud, folks .... Trust Me!This, from our first preseason game. Those of you who know me, know I don't put stock in preseason games. I know what they are for. Our coach could care less if we win or lose - he is evaluating and they are trying out little things to see how they handle it. I know there is no game planning, no scheming, no real football savvy out there. I understand that - and I put absolutely no real stock in what I see during the preseason - other than watching the young guys to see who might make the team and contribute. However, this game gave me an excitement deep in my gut that I can't shake. I have been smiling since that first quarter - and I just can't stop. I am so freakin' pumped up about this offense that I can barely contain it. Ok - here are some observations from the live game - without having seen the game replay yet.1. Ryan looked good.. His passes looked good after that first one. He seemed happy and relaxed out there. Nice to see. You could tell he wanted to get that ball to Julio to get him through those first game jitters. In the beginning, he reminded me of when he was trying to get Gonzo that catch 1000. Overall, he appeared to be more in control and stronger than before. I think he will definitely show improvement again this year.2. Turner looked in top form. He was downright beastly. You could see the power and the burst from him that was missing the latter part of last year. I believe the surgery he had over the offseason worked. I feel excited about what he will contribute this year again. I'm seeing double digits and 1200+ this year from him.3. Harry looked like the Harry from '08. He looked so good out in the pre-game warm ups and in the game. It was great to see that TD from him.4. Weems dropped his first pass. Right after I jinxed him by telling my granddaughter that he catches everything in front of him. It's ok though - he still looked pretty good out there. The fans booed when he called a fair catch a couple of times with plenty of time to run, but I can't blame him. First preseason game. He looked pretty good on ST though.5. Franks is balling. He looked like he's going to give Weems a run for him money in the return game. I'm wondering if we see one handle punt returns and one kick returns. Will be interesting to see this play out the rest of the preseason.6. Quizz looked pretty good. Nothing really spectacular in this game, but solid.7. Our 1st string D looked really good. Abe looks like he's going to have a great year. Grimes is Grimes - Aggravate 'Em Grimey! He looked awesome out there. Jerry looked good - much, much better than last year - that was nice to see. Corey Peters was kicking butt and taking names out there. I can't wait to see when we get Edwards included in that pass rush. Overall, I feel great about our 1st team.8. Owens. SMH Owens. SMH Please, Coach, do something.9. Hated to see JPW get hurt and I hope he's ok. I wasn't really impressed with the new kid, but wouldn't expect to be. He was playing with the scrubs in his first game ever. He may make a pretty serviceable backup. Will be interesting to see what he brings to the game over the next 3 preseason games.10. It was Great to be at a Football game again. I don't care if it was preseason - it was fun. I had a blast and I'm more pumped up about this season than ever.Well, I'm sure there is more - but I gotta run for now. I just wanted to share what I saw a little. Gonna be a good year, folks! Trust me!Edit: Pics Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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