The collapse was epic, but the journey should not be forgotten. The Super Bowl Championship may have seemed like a mirage to Falcons fans: a yanking of the Lombardi Trophy “Lucy” style, as she did to Charlie Brown just when he’s about to kick the football.
The Trolls Venture Beyond Their Bridges
The offseason trolling has been ongoing since the last piece of confetti fell in Houston, where the Falcons came up just short of NFL glory. T-shirts are still being printed with pictures of scoreboards showing the late 3rd quarter lead of 28-3. Division rivals continue to take their best shot as well: Saints fans created a Mardi Gras float poking fun at the Falcons’ failure titled the Young and the Ringless.
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The latest dig was made by the Champion New England Patriots with the unveiling of their World Championship ring. Called “one for the thumb,” it’s made up of 283 diamonds (again a reference to the 28-3 lead), which is enough to make Falcons’ fans throw up.
Yuck it up fellow fan bases, but you’re poking the bear (or better yet, falcon). Falcons’ fans and players will never forget the ending to their 2016 season. Eventually, the pain will only help them spread those wings and soar to the top of the mountain.
Consistency Should Comfort Us
I’m a glass half full kind of guy. There’s only one thing I ask of the teams I root for: consistency. Have a chance each and every year to compete for a championship. There are those seasons where some teams capture lightning in a bottle with the end result equaling a championship. Those achievements are not to be viewed as any less of an accomplishment.
Championships flags, or, in the NFL’s case championship banners, fly forever. The championship memorabilia that fans collect never goes out of style. Old school championship gear? How about new school championship gear? Patience is a virtue, and Falcons’ fans have waited long enough. I truly believe the ultimate payoff is just around the corner.
Not many teams throughout history in the NFL have been able to rebound from Super Bowl failure. At least not in the season immediately following championship heartbreak. The feel of this Atlanta Falcons team is different. The Falcons seem to be oozing with confidence. General manager Thomas Dimitroff dropped a recent sound bite about this roster being the strongest and deepest that he’s had as his time being GM of the Falcons.
This type of talk isn’t just fluff. The culture in Flowery Branch has been transformed since head coach Dan Quinn’s arrival two years ago. The Brotherhood vibe is real. If you haven’t noticed what’s been brewing in Atlanta, than you’re not paying attention.
Built To Last
I make this plea of Falcon fans. Don’t view the 2016 season as a failure. Remember the good from Super Bowl LI. And there was good, as a matter of fact, three quarters of very good. View the 2016 season as just the beginning. Youth and energy is on the side of the Falcons and talent doesn’t hurt when trying to achieve greatness.
More good news; the Falcons are bursting at the seams in the talent department. The stars are aligning and the opportunity to contend yearly for a championship has arrived. Embrace the suck and the champagne will never taste so good!