Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Why Can't Georgians Just Believe?

C'mon Falcon fans, visualize it.

Past performance is a predictor of nothing. Well that's not entirely true, if you have Tom Brady you're probably going to win and if you're the Cleveland Browns you're probably going to lose. But outside of that, nothing is pre-written in today's NFL.

But it's all doom and gloom for the Falcons faithful. Despite having the #1 seed and the home field for the NFC Championship game, the fans are pointing to disappointing previous playoff exits, a blown 4th quarter lead last week (they still won y'all!), and the unstoppable Colin Kaepernick and his 8 career starts riding into town.

What makes the plight of the Atlanta Falcons so special? A home blowout two years ago at the hands of Aaron Rodgers and the eventual Super Bowl champ Pack? Eugene Robinson? The Cowboys comeback in 1980?

Let me put on my reality glasses and I see a team that was devastated after Michael Vick, and an embarrassment after Bobby Petrino. But a magic wand got waved and it all got fixed. Underrated coach Mike Smith and undersung QB Matt Ryan have the Falcons in the playoffs for the 4th time in 5 tries. And Ryan is 34-6 at home, 8-0 this season in games that counted.

So what's the problem? Is it that the Braves came up short so many times? Is it that Georgia's national championship hopes ended on the same field on the last play of the game?

Get over it. Or don't. Just enjoy the ride, you might just win the Super Bowl.

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