Falcolns Suck Again!
The Atlanta Falcons have never had back to back winning seasons. Never.
The franchise was founded in 1965 by Rankin Smith. His family of bad owners owned the team until 2001, when Home Depot founder Arthur Blank bought the team. He reduced ticket prices to sell out the Dome so the home games could be seen on TV. He brought in some big name players, including Michael Vick, and a good coach in Jim Mora. In 2002 the Falcons went 9-6-1 and made the playoffs in Vick's first year as a starter. In 2003, he got hurt in the preseason, and the season went down with him. But despite going 5-11, the Falcons ended the year 3-1 after Vick's retrn.
With two healthy season by Vick, now would be the time to end this drought of no back to back winning seasons.
Last years' team went 11-5 and made the NFC Championship Game. That team returned many stars, including Warrick Dunn and Michael Vick on offense. The Falcons started out 2005 by beating the NFC Champion Eagles. That turned out to be no big deal this year. They barely lost to the Seahawks, which seemed at the time to be a major let down, but turned out to be no big deal since the Seahawks are the best team in the NFC this year.
The 2005 Falcons compiled a 6-2 record, losing by only 6 total point to the Seahawks and world champion Patriots. Finally, Atlanta thought. Not only back to back winning seasons, but back to back playoff seasons.
Alas, God saw what was happening and said -- "Hell No!"
Despite a healthy Vick, the Falcons will end the season 8-8 after losing several games they should have won, including two to the Bucs, and getting blown out in a few others.
Even Arthur Blank, who bought and turned this team around in the eyes of the city and on the field, has his limits.
It goes without saying that I have no sympathy for Red Sox fans.