FLOWERY BRANCH — In the movie ’Men In Black’ they had this little contraption that would flash a white light and make you forget that you saw aliens.
I think the Falcons used one of those on the players. None of them seem to remember that the Saints defensive linemen posed with position coach Bill Johnson for a picture on the team’s logo. (Maybe the above photo will refresh their memories!)
The also couldn’t remeber that Remi Ayodele, who’s now with Minnesota, told a reporter that he urinated on the team’s logo after their 17-14 victory. A Falcons official said the team would remember the incident at the time, but the players can’t seem to recall a thing. They may have been “briefed” by the coaches and/or the communications staff not to discuss it.
Here’s what All-Pro wide receiver Roddy White had to say, “Oh wow, that’s kind of crazy. They came down here and got a ‘W.’ They can kind of do whatever they want to do. That’s kind of what happens. When we won down there, we kind of went on the field. It happens. We kind of did our thing when we went down there and won the game. They won, so congratulations to them.”
Right tackle Tyson Clabo said, “No, I didn’t realize that it even happened. That’s not one of my concerns.”
Running back Michael Turner said, “We know we don’t like each other. We’ve been fighting each other since 2008 for this division. It’s a rivalry game.”
Quarterback Matt Ryan said, “As a quarterback, people don’t realize how much this head system is on. You don’t hear a lot of what people say. I’m sure that there is a little bit more.”
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said, ”I’m not too familiar with that (logo incident.) I heard about it. But at the same time, I don’t forget a lot of stuff. Sometimes you have to have the memory of an elephant.” (Or get blast from that White light).
Saints defensive end Will Smith doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.
“Every time we play on the field, we take pictures,” Smith said. “I mean, if we’re not taking it, someone else is taking it. . . I mean, they can use whatever they need for motivation. I don’t think it’s anything of importance. It was a tradition that we did and that (the media) blew out of proportion. It wasn’t as if we were rubbing it in on them. It was just something we did that we kept under wraps until y’all exposed us.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog