Atlanta Falcons: Searching for fans into Falcons’ mania

10412 ATLANTA: Falcons fans cheer their undefeated team as they take the field to play the Cowboys at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

10412 ATLANTA: Falcons fans cheer their undefeated team as they take the field to play the Cowboys at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Steve Hummer is working on a story for Saturday’s AJC, and would like to hear your opinion. Have you bought into these Falcons? Or, mindful of the disappointing past of the team, do you remain hesitant about expecting much from it? What is the general level of excitement of those around you?

Please e-mail your thoughts to Steve@ajc.com, and please include name, the city where you live and a phone number.


71 comments Add your comment

IsThisTheYear

November 5th, 2012
8:35 pm

Ask me on February 3, 2013.

P B Orr

November 5th, 2012
8:41 pm

I’m all in, D-led dude :) Go you palpitating peregrines!

Singletary

November 5th, 2012
8:43 pm

Too cute (not). Andrew Siciliano at NFL Network bowed to the Falx fan pressure for “no respect” on emails by saying, “Oh, we may only talk about other teams, but we do respect you.”

Andrew, think of it this way. Next time you are stuck in line at the Dept of Motor Vehicles, and your # that is in the top 3 keeps getting called less than hangers on ~ #s lower than the twelve likely to make the playoffs, let me tell you that feels like no respect… and the fact you are going to be waiting for your tags until January.

I hope you think of this analogy next time you attempt to slough us off, and go sit yourself back in the hard chair. BTW, ARE you separated-at-birth from VP candidate Paul Ryan?

Herpes Butter

November 5th, 2012
9:12 pm

They need better beer in the Dome

Jim

November 5th, 2012
9:21 pm

In the past, if we beat the Cowboys, our entire season was considered a success, even if we we lost every other game. This year all we care about is, Who’s next? I don’t see another team in the NFL that even comes close to us. Can you believe Matt Ryan didn’t make the NFL networks “Top 100″ list, an now they are talking MVP. If they were to, unfortunatly lose a play off game, it wouldn’t matter to me, because I know who the best team is. GO FALCONS!!!

BIRDSFLYHIGH

November 5th, 2012
9:36 pm

BIRDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

fanATicaL

November 5th, 2012
9:58 pm

The process isnot over until we win the SB.But I feel the fans who have taken this ride the longest.Will find the end the sweetest

Chameka

November 5th, 2012
10:07 pm

Im so proud of the falcons and i can’t wait until they get there ring come superbowl it been a long time coming and it finally hear keep it up and ill be there cheering on 8-0 baby!!!!!!!

Zach

November 5th, 2012
10:07 pm

Ive bought into these Falcons since Matt Ryan’s first professional pass

Long Time Team Fan

November 5th, 2012
10:11 pm

A GREAT team effort.Matt showed us his true toughness as a competitor after Ware blindsided him.I really enjoyed this hard fought close score game.Congratulations to the whole team and coach Smith.

Big Crimson 75

November 5th, 2012
10:16 pm

F the past!!
People living it in are losers.
What happened 10, 20, 30…. Years ago has nothing to do with the 2012 Atlanta Falcons.
Get real people.

FALCONS FAN FOR LIFE

November 5th, 2012
10:20 pm

Losing in the playoffs is never a happy moment. Of course there’s reason to be unhappy. No matter the record, no matter the past, true Falcons fans should always support their team. Let the team know Atlanta will ALWAYS be behind them. No more booing our team in the last game of the season. No more leaving a game early. Let them know we will stand up the entire game and yell as loud as we can if that helps our Falcons win. The Atlanta Falcons need its fans to rise up! Prove to the NFL and all of the so called experts, that the Atlanta Falcons are for real!

Falcon James

November 5th, 2012
11:02 pm

This is by far the best Falcon team in the history of the franchise. They are the most complete in all three phases. We have a superior coaching staff to any NFL franchise and probably the smartest, tactical, and best talent scout in the league with Dimitrof. What is not to love about this team? No one has crystal ball to predict the future, but based on the past 8 games, there is no reason to believe this team cannot beat any team in the NFL and go deep into the Post Season.

lowdownjj

November 5th, 2012
11:05 pm

If it ain’t Dirty Birds it ain’t $HI% !

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meme

November 6th, 2012
1:20 am

meme

November 6th, 2012
1:30 am

cmon man, with the edit

meme

November 6th, 2012
1:42 am

meme

November 6th, 2012
1:43 am

haha missed me

Falcon fan born Falcons fan wen I'm dead

November 6th, 2012
2:02 am

We’ve been waiting for this for years since whoever, whenever, whatever can remember this and organization has worked hard for us the fans. As a former collegiate football start for my respected university I can seeit in their eyes this team is playing for The City of Atlanta’s approval. So we as fans should show our appreciation back believe in OUR team Red & Black till we die. DBlock , Red Hat, Falcons Forever. Durty Burd World Rule

Zane M

November 6th, 2012
3:55 am

Ive been a hardcore Falcons fan since I was 13 years old and I havent been this excited for the Falcons in a long time. But although we are doing well in the regular season I cant help but feel worried for the post season. As we have seen in Atlanta sports we are good in the regular season we just have terrible post seasons. The Hawks round 2 ceiling, the Braves not meeting usual expectation, the Falcons not quite living up to their potential. But this year I feel good things coming. I want their to be a winning tradition here in Atlanta. I want to proudly say I am a Falcons fan like my friends and I. We will take it past the post season, we will make the Superbowl. Rise Up.

Choke On My Grits

November 6th, 2012
4:31 am

It’s going to be tough but we’re going to win the superbowl !

Choke On My Grits

November 6th, 2012
4:32 am

You heard It here…..

Samuel

November 6th, 2012
6:59 am

I think any time your football team get’s national attention that has to be a good thing. I look at the talent on this team and if theirs no major injuries, I believe they can go deep into the playoffs.

extremus

November 6th, 2012
8:00 am

I’m delighted to see the Falcons 8-0 and out in front for a potential home field advantage, but here’s the unavoidable truth: the national and local skepticism isn’t going away, at least for now. Right now the Falcons are playing loose and are, much like the Braves during the 1990s, going through the regular season schedule as almost a formality. They ARE a very good football team; not perfect, but much improved from last year.

But they know that they could go 16-0 and it wouldn’t matter to fans or the national media; if they don’t win at least one playoff game their season will be deemed a failure. Is that fair? Whether it is or not, the real challenge for both the coaching staff and every member of this team will be not to succumb to that immense pressure whenever (and whomever) they end up playing in the playoffs. To do so would invite playing scared, making mental mistakes they haven’t all season (sound familiar?), and very likely making yet another early exit.

This Falcons team is good enough to win the Superbowl if they stay healthy and can keep the pressure not to fail at bay. And the longer they’re able to fly under the radar this season, the better it will be for them. They know the real test begins in January, regardless.

Esquire

November 6th, 2012
8:39 am

Myself and those Falcon fans around me know all to well the disappoint of Falcons past. But here is the difference. Rankin Smith Falcons vs Arthur Blank Falcons. Since Blank purchased this team there has been a steady rise to present performance. The Smith Falcons had there moments especially with Dan Reeves one of the best hires. And throw out the disaster of 2007 as depression set in watching Byron Leftwich do his JaMarcus Russell imitation moving like his feet were tied together. I don’t have to buy into these Falcons, I am all in. Why be hesitant? This is the best ride I’ve ever been on as a Falcon fan. Sure, I want a Super Bowl win but no matter what happens during the balance of the season we won’t forget 2012.

4BsihTneeS

November 6th, 2012
8:47 am

Your team’s going to get exposed this week!

Esquire

November 6th, 2012
8:53 am

too well the disappointment………………lol, it’s early!

Falcon Since 1966

November 6th, 2012
8:55 am

Wow ! Did you see how the Saint spanked the unbeatable Eagles last night? We will never beat them it’s gonna be a bad day come sunday between 1 and 4. NOT!!!!!
Falcons win with last second drive! Boo Yaaaa!

4BsihTneeS

November 6th, 2012
9:14 am

The birds are going to get their wings clipped this week, revealed as the pretneders they are. You guys enrolled for this course? Class starts on Sunday: How to whip the flying rodents 1001.

C

November 6th, 2012
9:15 am

The biggest difference with this Falcons team is coaching. The coordinators are excellent at game planning and making adjustments. The Falcons teams of the past decade always have been outcoached in big games but I don’t see that happening with this crew. The Giants game in December and the Playoffs will be the true test. Go Falcons!

meme

November 6th, 2012
9:39 am

hey B4 Gods through flushing (katrina) the toilet known as new orleans go home ya turd S Payton misses your face (head)

Pablo

November 6th, 2012
9:43 am

Palpitating peregrines? I like it!!

4BsihTneeS

November 6th, 2012
9:44 am

@meme: Wow? You thought that up all by yourself? That’s like a run on a 4th and 6 inches: Fails.

I hope Vitt keeps Brees in the game so he can run up the score on your defense again. LOL!

Esquire

November 6th, 2012
9:49 am

@4BsihTneeS

Talk is cheap…………….!! But you are right about one thing, “Class starts on Sunday”. This is where you will see your 3-5 team pummeled by the 8-0 MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS! Pay attention and you might learn something like how to sit in class and not wear a DUNCE HAT.

Again, talk is cheap, trash talk even cheaper.

4BsihTneeS

November 6th, 2012
9:54 am

@Esquire: It’s a sports blog! What are you expecting? A Vision Statement? Go do your cheer girl!

Esquire

November 6th, 2012
10:02 am

SuxThisBZERO…..Glad to see you have accepted and grown to embrace the destiny of the 2012 edition of the Caints. Us Falcons fans are delighted with your teams demise………!! By the way……we are 8-0……….and you are what…..3-5……REALLY……..too bad!! Don’t forget that N and D on your keyboard don’t stand for Notre Dame!! And come Sunday 3-6 won’t feel really all that different except the pain of the MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS taking your team down!! How will it feel with your Coach ditching you?

Esquire

November 6th, 2012
10:11 am

4BsihTneeS
November 6th, 2012
9:54 am

@Esquire: It’s a sports blog! What are you expecting? A Vision Statement? Go do your cheer girl!
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MaxxFalcon

November 6th, 2012
10:13 am

Falcon Since 1966

November 6th, 2012
10:13 am

ANYONE thats got ANYTHING bad to say about this years team has not been a Falcon fan for very long. In the Smith ownership years the Falcons were just a look see what I got toy for a rich man and his family that could care less about putting a winning team on the field. Thank god for Blank. We knew he was new to the football world and would make some F-ups but he has shown us that no matter wht he is hell bent on building a winner year in and year out in Atlanta. let them rasie the Hotel /Motel tax to 10% and let the out of towners buy our new dome. Thank you Mr. Blank for all you have done and will do for My favorite team!

Esquire

November 6th, 2012
10:20 am

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Mike Franklin

November 6th, 2012
10:41 am

We need a song like we had in 1980 and 1998… something that goes viral in the fan base and lights the league up!

NOLA'S DONE

November 6th, 2012
10:42 am

LOL an aint’s fan telling us they’re going to expose the Falcons hahahahahah thats funny, who else have they exposed ??? NOBODY hahahahah Do you hear that suucking sound from the west ??? IT”S JERRY JONES !!! Kiss Peyton good bye !!! Brees will be shortly (no pun intented) behind him !!!!!

D man

November 6th, 2012
10:54 am

Seen, I thought you and Choke were banned? Falcons have something to prove this Sunday in the super dome. Time for some payback…

SawThat1nce

November 6th, 2012
11:41 am

My poor ole’ gray haired granny could have walked through that OLine that the Eagles have.
Poor MV(and I don’t even like him).

SuperBowl Bound Falcons

November 6th, 2012
11:42 am

Love my FALCONS! Win lose or draw, they are my team and no one comes close to this team. #2012isouryear!

SawThat1nce

November 6th, 2012
11:44 am

DOL, don’t you think that it is about time to take the filter off of the Eagles starting(or perhaps, former starting) QB’s name?
Come on man, nobody really cares about him anymore.

Wham-o

November 6th, 2012
1:17 pm

I’m all in with these Falcons! The offense has all the tools. The defense has a new hero every week. The Caints are in sad shape! The Falcons will show them no mercy! Shuan will rethink his plans of coming back after this game.

Joshua

November 6th, 2012
1:54 pm

“I’m all in, D-led dude Go you palpitating peregrines!”
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haha nice.

Joshua

November 6th, 2012
1:58 pm

When you look at how they play, wearing down opposing teams, making few mistakes, striving to just control the game and always be in a position to dictate the outcome at the final drive; and when you consider just how effective they have been, it’s hard not to think this team has the make up of a champion. They don’t care about lighting up the scoreboard, and they don’t care about inflating the stat sheet. But they are the best team in football of imposing their will on the other team, and time after time they emerge victorious.

I am excited about this team.