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tamalie wrote: I feel so badly for the Falcons fans. If the Vikings fans had blown such a big lead and lost the Super Bowl, the people around would never recover. How do you go into the 2017 season with any sense of positivity or optimism, even with the Falcons being a top team regardless?
The Falcons don't have fans, they have bandwagon jumpers.



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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Ultimark wrote: I never got the feeling that they take pro sports too seriously in the southeast. If this had happened to the Eagles or Giants, there might be suicides.
That was going to be my other comment...are there really any die hard Falcons fans?  Like, REAL die hards?  I've always thought ATL was comprised mostly of people from different parts of the country who had other primary NFL rooting interests.
More natives now than in the past but, yea, a lot of transplants still.   The old time native also seem to favor college football and basketball over pro sports.  If the Georgia Bulldogs had lost like this in a NCAA championship game, then the reaction would be extreme.  

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Atlanta fans must feel worst than Cleveland fans.



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Benlen wrote: Atlanta fans must feel worst than Cleveland fans.Way worse.  Cleveland never had a 7 to 1 lead against the Cubs in game 7 in the 8th inning.  To me, that is the baseball equivalent of what happened to the Falcons.

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Ultimark wrote: I never got the feeling that they take pro sports too seriously in the southeast. If this had happened to the Eagles or Giants, there might be suicides.
That was going to be my other comment...are there really any die hard Falcons fans?  Like, REAL die hards?  I've always thought ATL was comprised mostly of people from different parts of the country who had other primary NFL rooting interests.

That seems like a silly question.  The Falcons have been in Atlanta for more than 50 years and the city doesn't have more transplants than Miami or many other cities.  Over the course of 5 decades, I guarantee you the team has gotten tens of thousands of pretty hardcore fans in Georgia and even surrounding states that don't have a pro team.  No one is saying it's Green Bay, and I know college football might be more popular than pro in SEC territory, but come on. 

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srossi wrote: dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Ultimark wrote: I never got the feeling that they take pro sports too seriously in the southeast. If this had happened to the Eagles or Giants, there might be suicides.
That was going to be my other comment...are there really any die hard Falcons fans?  Like, REAL die hards?  I've always thought ATL was comprised mostly of people from different parts of the country who had other primary NFL rooting interests.

That seems like a silly question.  The Falcons have been in Atlanta for more than 50 years and the city doesn't have more transplants than Miami or many other cities.  Over the course of 5 decades, I guarantee you the team has gotten tens of thousands of pretty hardcore fans in Georgia and even surrounding states that don't have a pro team.  No one is saying it's Green Bay, and I know college football might be more popular than pro in SEC territory, but come on. 
I am not saying there are no die hards.  I am saying there are far fewer than elsewhere and being a die hard in ATL or the other SE cities isn't quite the same as elsewhere.  Anyway, unless we can get some people from there to opine we are just providing opinions.  

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srossi wrote: dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Ultimark wrote: I never got the feeling that they take pro sports too seriously in the southeast. If this had happened to the Eagles or Giants, there might be suicides.
That was going to be my other comment...are there really any die hard Falcons fans?  Like, REAL die hards?  I've always thought ATL was comprised mostly of people from different parts of the country who had other primary NFL rooting interests.

That seems like a silly question.  The Falcons have been in Atlanta for more than 50 years and the city doesn't have more transplants than Miami or many other cities.  Over the course of 5 decades, I guarantee you the team has gotten tens of thousands of pretty hardcore fans in Georgia and even surrounding states that don't have a pro team.  No one is saying it's Green Bay, and I know college football might be more popular than pro in SEC territory, but come on. 

Not a silly question at all, and has a lot more to do with the city of Atlanta than how long the Falcons have been in existence.  

Do you know anybody who you would label a Falcons die hard?  Does anybody on this board know anybody who's a Falcons die hard.  We have a few people from Georgia on this board.  Are they or do they know anybody who's a Falcons die hard?  

Between my real life, this board, Facebook and various other avenues, I feel that I could name at least one die hard of at least 28 or 29 of the other NFL teams.  Off the top of my head, can't think of anybody who's a die hard Jacksonville fan, or LA Ram fan (because, you know, LA) or an Atlanta fan.  Do they really exist?  Just thinking it's a silly question doesn't mean it's so.  



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It is even hard to find a die hard Miami fan. I know one - a cousin of mine who has never been to Miami. Adopted them when he was 6. 50 now. Has seen them in 5 different cities but never in Miami.

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: srossi wrote: dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Ultimark wrote: I never got the feeling that they take pro sports too seriously in the southeast. If this had happened to the Eagles or Giants, there might be suicides.
That was going to be my other comment...are there really any die hard Falcons fans?  Like, REAL die hards?  I've always thought ATL was comprised mostly of people from different parts of the country who had other primary NFL rooting interests.

That seems like a silly question.  The Falcons have been in Atlanta for more than 50 years and the city doesn't have more transplants than Miami or many other cities.  Over the course of 5 decades, I guarantee you the team has gotten tens of thousands of pretty hardcore fans in Georgia and even surrounding states that don't have a pro team.  No one is saying it's Green Bay, and I know college football might be more popular than pro in SEC territory, but come on. 

Not a silly question at all, and has a lot more to do with the city of Atlanta than how long the Falcons have been in existence.  

Do you know anybody who you would label a Falcons die hard?  Does anybody on this board know anybody who's a Falcons die hard.  We have a few people from Georgia on this board.  Are they or do they know anybody who's a Falcons die hard?  

Between my real life, this board, Facebook and various other avenues, I feel that I could name at least one die hard of at least 28 or 29 of the other NFL teams.  Off the top of my head, can't think of anybody who's a die hard Jacksonville fan, or LA Ram fan (because, you know, LA) or an Atlanta fan.  Do they really exist?  Just thinking it's a silly question doesn't mean it's so.  

HBF can chime in if he sees this (hasn't been around for a while), but I'm just saying that anecdotal evidence of not knowing a diehard fan in your circle hardly means that out of all the fans that go to games there on a weekly basis (and the many more who watch on TV) that there's aren't at least a few thousand that really care.  You'd have to to watch some of those games.  It's not like the stadium was completely empty or just filled with visiting fans those years the team was awful.

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Some of the issues with building fan loyalty in Atlanta has been the lack of consistent success until recently. The Falcons never had consecutive winning seasons until 2008 and 2009. From 1966 onward until then, every winning season was preceded by and followed by a losing season. There were no dynasties, even along the lines of several consecutive division titles or wildcard bids. Even when the went 14-2 and made the Super Bowl in 1998, they went 7-9 in 1997 and 5-11 in 1999. With all of the other things handicapping the Falcons, the lack of success certainly hasn't helped.

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tamalie wrote: Some of the issues with building fan loyalty in Atlanta has been the lack of consistent success until recently. The Falcons never had consecutive winning seasons until 2008 and 2009. From 1966 onward until then, every winning season was preceded by and followed by a losing season. There were no dynasties, even along the lines of several consecutive division titles or wildcard bids. Even when the went 14-2 and made the Super Bowl in 1998, they went 7-9 in 1997 and 5-11 in 1999. With all of the other things handicapping the Falcons, the lack of success certainly hasn't helped.
That's another difference.  The Eagles had long stretches where they were awful yet they still had an avid fan base.  There was one stretch where they were bad from 1962 to 1978 or 79. Then they had 1 good period.  Then many more years of losing.  Then came Buddy who couldn't win playoff games.  After several years of BS, we had our silver years with Andy Reid.  Couldn't win the big one.  

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Heenan Fan wrote: Heenan Fan wrote: Falcons lose late on a controversial call.I told you so. Either the facemask penalty, but more so the asnine pass interference penalty in ot. Yeah, it probably was PI, but it was not the right way to end the game since so few of these type of penalties are called in the Super Bowl. The Michael Crabtree butrape non-call in SB 47 was 10 times worse than the PI call tonight. Bullshit finish, and I called it.BS.  He tomahawked chopped him clearly before the ball got there.  You HAVE to call it regardless of when it happens during the game.  Falcons were holding the entire game in the secondary.  There could have been even more pass interference calls if the Patriots didn't catch everything else.



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I was out of town and just got a chance to read this thread. Kinda fun given the outcome. I was in Montgomery visiting my brother to watch the game with him. By halftime, we were suicidal. Brady looked awful and threw several bad passes. Couldn't run the ball and couldn't stop the Falcons offense. As the Pats started to make the comeback it was hard to believe they could make it all the way back. Edelman made that catch and I said to my brother... "this could happen" Thankfully. It did. An incredible comeback and an epic fuck you. Brady/Belichick/Kraft win. The End

P.S. Thank you James White!

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