People have to understand: I felt like it was my fault, like it was my responsibility, that the Falcons franchise had been set back. And if Matt had been a bust … then my guilt over the harm I’d caused the city would have only grown worse. So, yeah, I’m human. It hurt when the Falcons drafted Matt. And for a while there, for sure, I was envious of Matt’s position. But Matt being such a success — that’s been a joy for me. For me, that’s been relief. It’s been peace of mind.
And the same thing goes for this MVP season of his (he’s got my vote), and this amazing Super Bowl run (I’ve got the Falcons winning, 23–16). Joy, and relief, and peace of mind. And that’s what I mean, when I say that Atlanta is family. Family isn’t just about when it’s good for you, or when it’s convenient, or when the love comes easy. Family is about when the love comes no matter what.
Rembert went to Houston and found all the Falcons fans in town for the big game:
It’s important to take the nation’s temperature on race issues periodically, but the race element of this discussion isn’t particularly interesting or nuanced, even though it does come with an Ivy-League-esque twist. However bluntly they did so, Deadspin et al. are right to stand up against racist tendencies in our discourse. Does that mean they need to go all-in with Sherman, though? No.
Despite fielding a squad of ninjas, the Atlanta Falcons were unable to overcome their own multi-touchdown lead and beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. It’s tough to pin the loss on any one thing– a game-ending injury to Michael Turner, a weak Falcon secondary, the fact that postgame stabbings don’t count for points on the scoreboard– and web-based Atlantans are having a hard time processing the loss. (Witness Atlanta’s young bloggeratti with differing approaches to an equivalent result here and here.)
Which means its up to cold, calculating Bill Barnwell to provide answers, and he wrote about Matt Ryan the only thing that one could write about Matt Ryan.
The San Francisco 49ers meet the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon in the Georgia Dome to play for the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Hidden between the media’s heavy stereotyping of this matchup are a few nice preview pieces that actually track pretty well those for last week‘s game, as well as my prediction for this afternoon’s outcome: Keep reading…