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I usually don't pay attention to the talking heads.  They are their for ratings and not much else.  Last night on my hour drive home from work I had the radio on one of the ESPN affiliates and some tool was on.  I think it was Bomani Jones or something like that and he had a show.  For the closer part of 45 minutes I listened to him rant about what kind of losers Atlanta teams were and the fans were for believing in them.  He went on to say how pathetic we all were (teams and fans) and that of all our sport franchises we have only won one championship and that was because we played Cleveland.  He then went on to say how we might be the most talented team but will lose it all because we are Atlanta.  He said he got off the narcotic (Atl) a long time ago and would never believe in an Atlanta team, especially the Falcons, ever.  I guess he use to support ATL teams.

Not that I care what he has to say, but to clearly and deliberately degrade the fan base by is taking it a little too far.  Say what you want, but ubiquitously call all Atlanta fans losers and say that we are foolish for following a team that we love.  Not sure why I got so pizzed off at this guy.  Usually I just laugh at the talking heads, but he really rubbed me the wrong way.  He made it personal.  He actually asked people to call him and explain if he should ever start supporting the team again.  I so wanted to call him and tell him to never come back.  Real fans stick through it, good and bad.

 

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Just now, FalconinPA said:

You are a better man than I, I would have changed the station. Ain't nobody got time for that.:lol:

I was going too, but I was really getting mad.  The stuff he was spewing plus the traffic.  When he was taking calls I was hoping someone would call him and put him in his place.

I have never, and will never, listen to ESPN other than in the morning.  And to be honest the only thing I listen too is Mike and Mike, but this might just make me turn that off too.

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Just now, Crunksauce said:

He must know the pain. We all do if we are true Atlanta fans. But that being said, doesn't this year feel different?

Yes it does, I think a lot of us are feeling it. Must be kind of fandom energy field or something. I talked to my brother yesterday and the first thing he says when we started to talk about the Falcons was something feels different this year. Man I hope we pull it off and confirm that our feelings are right

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8 hours ago, schwarzenegger321 said:

I was going too, but I was really getting mad.  The stuff he was spewing plus the traffic.  When he was taking calls I was hoping someone would call him and put him in his place.

I have never, and will never, listen to ESPN other than in the morning.  And to be honest the only thing I listen too is Mike and Mike, but this might just make me turn that off too.

I know how it is, I actually was watching the NFL network before the Seahawks game and they we really downing the Falcons and I went to turn it, but I just couldn't right away. I watched for about another minute, then turned the channel. It's like a bad wreck that you are passing and you don't want to look, but you can't turn away.

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The best thing to do is call the person out for his irrationality.  It's an entirely emotional argument intended to rile up others emotions and just logically doesn't hold water.  So I'd say something like, "If you want to be all emotional and discard all of your mental capabilities of thinking rationally, then by all means, be loud and irrational."

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18 minutes ago, FalconinPA said:

You are a better man than I, I would have changed the station. Ain't nobody got time for that.:lol:

I've been calling for the dispatching of THE PUNISHER to distractors' homes. He needs to rest. Blank will handle it. Brooklyn will be dispatching its finest of the Jewish mafia. Cement shoes, chainsaws--THE WORKS! :ninja:

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28 minutes ago, Kaptain Krazy said:

Bomani Jones is from Atlanta, attended school in Atlanta, and part of his schtick is to play the jaded ATL sports fan. Yes, it's annoying. But it does help to understand the context. He's not an outsider mocking Atlanta because he's had it better.

This.

Honestly doesn't bother me.  Partially because I know Bo a lil (not well) through mutual friends.  It's a part of his schtick as a guy that lived in Atlanta and experienced all the L's we took.  At times I've felt the same way and if you've been a fan of this team for over 25+ and other Atlanta teams you likely can relate.

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34 minutes ago, slamee101 said:

This.

Honestly doesn't bother me.  Partially because I know Bo a lil (not well) through mutual friends.  It's a part of his schtick as a guy that lived in Atlanta and experienced all the L's we took.  At times I've felt the same way and if you've been a fan of this team for over 25+ and other Atlanta teams you likely can relate.

If you know him, please ask him if he will take me up on my offer to fight.  I will meet him by the Nique statue tomorrow at 1pm.  I'm 6'4" and will be wearing a red Falcons Tuxedo.

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1 hour ago, schwarzenegger321 said:

I usually don't pay attention to the talking heads.  They are their for ratings and not much else.  Last night on my hour drive home from work I had the radio on one of the ESPN affiliates and some tool was on.  I think it was Bomani Jones or something like that and he had a show.  For the closer part of 45 minutes I listened to him rant about what kind of losers Atlanta teams were and the fans were for believing in them.  He went on to say how pathetic we all were (teams and fans) and that of all our sport franchises we have only won one championship and that was because we played Cleveland.  He then went on to say how we might be the most talented team but will lose it all because we are Atlanta.  He said he got off the narcotic (Atl) a long time ago and would never believe in an Atlanta team, especially the Falcons, ever.  I guess he use to support ATL teams.

Not that I care what he has to say, but to clearly and deliberately degrade the fan base by is taking it a little too far.  Say what you want, but ubiquitously call all Atlanta fans losers and say that we are foolish for following a team that we love.  Not sure why I got so pizzed off at this guy.  Usually I just laugh at the talking heads, but he really rubbed me the wrong way.  He made it personal.  He actually asked people to call him and explain if he should ever start supporting the team again.  I so wanted to call him and tell him to never come back.  Real fans stick through it, good and bad.

 

Bomani Jones is an Atlanta native that has suffered a ton of heartbreak and frustration with Atlanta teams. He's like a lot of posters on this board who have been fans for 30+ years. 

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Bomani Jones is a jackass. I saw what he said Monday after the Falcons had beaten the Seahawks and he was all like "Do I have faith in the Atlanta Falcons? HeIl no. Even Falcon fans don't have faith in their team. All they have is hope." That was on Highly Questionable when they asked the question of "Do you believe in the Falcons now?"

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7 minutes ago, JD dirtybird21 said:

Bomani Jones is an Atlanta native that has suffered a ton of heartbreak and frustration with Atlanta teams. He's like a lot of posters on this board who have been fans for 30+ years. 

I've certainly been a fan since 'day one' but in all of my 50+, I have NEVER given up hope on this team (or any other Atlanta team).  Even as bad as both the Falcons and Braves had been, we saw a very nice few years in the 90's and where we saw the Falcons make it to a Super Bowl and the Braves make it to several World Series.  Although the Braves only got that one title, (although I think they'd gotten a few more if they'd put Smoltz in the bullpen), there's always hope.  I think over the next few years, we're going to see a resurgence of the Braves again and we're already experiencing a rebuilt Falcons team that's playing at a very high level with a lot of very young players.  Some tunes will be changed over the next 4-5 years I believe and people at ESPN will then be almost as sick of Atlanta as they are the University of Alabama.

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13 minutes ago, JD dirtybird21 said:

Bomani Jones is an Atlanta native that has suffered a ton of heartbreak and frustration with Atlanta teams. He's like a lot of posters on this board who have been fans for 30+ years. 

Doesn't excuse him or anyone else on this board that want to use that as an excuse to **** on the team and the fans like me that truly believe the Falcons will win this Super Bowl this year. Talk about weakminded. It's ******* patheticly stupid. "I don't believe the 2016 Falcons can win the Super Bowl because they broke my poor little heart too many times." Grow the **** up! I sure hope you don't live your real life with such a negative point of view. "Oh no. I got fired from this job. I guess I'll never even try to work again because I'm always gonna get fired." Grow a set!

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City of Atlanta doesn't deserve win

Jan 6, 2012
  • Rob Parker

It's not fair.

And, we know, it really shouldn't matter.

But Atlanta -- the city, not the team -- doesn't deserve a playoff victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.

It has nothing to do with football. It's deeper than that.

Fans in Atlanta haven't exactly been going out in huge numbers to see the Braves recently. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Without question, Atlanta is the worst sports town in America.

If the New York Yankees are the standard for excellence in baseball, Atlanta is the epitome of the bottom of the barrel when it comes to fan support.

Hence, the Atlanta Falcons shouldn't be allowed to win and reward some of the worst fans in the country. They just don't get it. They are both missing in action and simply not passionate enough to appreciate their team winning in the NFL playoffs and moving on to the next round.

Giants fans -- even with a fresh Super Bowl in their memories after the 2007 season -- are living and dying with their team. Football is a part of their lifestyle, it's who they are. On Sunday, every single moment of the game will be pure agony until the clock shows all zeroes and the Giants have secured the victory.

Your typical Atlanta fan -- who is probably from another city since so few are actually from ATL -- will be preoccupied with something else. They might not even be sure what time the game is on.

In fact, at some point, they might ask a friend -- filled with sweet tea -- at a pork-saturated barbeque, "Are the Falcons playing today?"

 

Pathetic.

But it's Atlanta, known as Hotlanta.

It's not for their passion when it comes to sports, just the weather. Oh yes, it gets hot down there.

But when it comes to sports, no city is as cold to warm up to its home teams. And it's just not when it comes to the NFL and the Falcons.

All of their teams have suffered from terrible support.

Just ask the Hawks. Atlanta's young and exciting basketball team has had problems selling tickets over the years -- even during a pretty thrilling playoff run a few years back. It's not like they play in a dump on the bad side of town.

The Philips Arena downtown is sweet, a cool place to see a game and be a part of the city as well. Yet, on most night you can get a section to yourself.

Even back in the old Omni days when I covered the Knicks for the Daily News, there were always more Knicks fans in attendance than Hawks fans -- and they had Dominique Wilkins, the Human Highlight Film. Shame more didn't see him play in person.

 

Sadly, there always seemed to be empty seats at Turner Field when the Braves were in the playoffs as well. You still have to wonder how fans got tired of the Braves winning. They had the best pitching staff in Major League Baseball for a decade and won a World Series back in the '90s. Fans should not have missed a pitch during that run.

Worse is the lack of passion the fans showed after an epic Braves collapse this season. Looking like a shoo-in most of the season, the Braves, who were 8½ games up in the National League wild-card race to start September, gave up their postseason spot on the last night of the season. The Braves went 9-18 in the final month, including a five-game losing streak to end the season. It allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to get in instead en route to winning the World Series.

Heads should have rolled. Instead, Braves first-year manager Fredi Gonzalez wasn't under fire from the fan base and will be back this coming season. Again, most probably didn't even notice.

Of course, there are some true-blue Atlanta sports fans. But in the 25 years I have covered sports in that town, attendance has always been an issue.

Despite winning 14 straight division titles, the Braves only led the league in attendance once. In Game 4 in the 2010 NLDS, there were 6,000 empty seats. In the 2005 NLDS, there were 10,000 empty seats in Game 1 and 4,000 empties in Game 2. In the 2004 NLDS, there were 9,000 empty seats for Game 1 and 10,000 empties for Game 2.

Last season, the Hawks ranked 22nd in attendance in the NBA.

And don't forget the NHL!

It's bad enough Atlanta got another hockey team, the Thrashers, after losing one already, the Flames in 1980. But it happened again -- the Thrashers are now in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnipeg? How embarrassing. Atlanta is once again hockey-less. Why? Terrible fan support.

The NHL wanted to believe Atlanta is a major-league city, a city that could support all four major sports. But it can't. Atlanta is now the first city in the NHL's modern history to lose two hockey teams. So sad.

That's why it would be a waste for the NFL gods to allow the city of Atlanta to lukewarmly enjoy a postseason win.

The city and its lame fans simply don't deserve it.

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7 minutes ago, Falconsfan567 said:

Doesn't excuse him or anyone else on this board that want to use that as an excuse to **** on the team and the fans like me that truly believe the Falcons will win this Super Bowl this year. Talk about weakminded. It's ******* patheticly stupid. "I don't believe the 2016 Falcons can win the Super Bowl because they broke my poor little heart too many times." Grow the **** up! I sure hope you don't live your real life with such a negative point of view. "Oh no. I got fired from this job. I guess I'll never even try to work again because I'm always gonna get fired." Grow a set!

Oh I'm not saying it's an excuse man. It's just a reason. That's all

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1 hour ago, slamee101 said:

This.

Honestly doesn't bother me.  Partially because I know Bo a lil (not well) through mutual friends.  It's a part of his schtick as a guy that lived in Atlanta and experienced all the L's we took.  At times I've felt the same way and if you've been a fan of this team for over 25+ and other Atlanta teams you likely can relate.

Yep, he still supports the Braves because they have sentimental value. I'm sure you guys have came across alot of Georgians jaded with the Falcons. If you've been a fan in say the last 10-15yrs you don't really understand how they feel. The Falcons have sentimental value to me so I will always stick with them.

TBH, the Falcons have never done anything to make people believe in them. Let's keep it real, the Falcons fail over and over again. Hopefully, Sunday they can begin to change the perception.

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