I’m Dawson Devitt (handle name – D3) and I am truly humbled to be moderating the newly created Bird-Cage Falcons Fan Blog. This represents a new forum for Everything Atlanta Falcons Football, from fans perspectives. This will be a great place for Falcons and other NFL fans to come and discuss, analyze, and breakdown all things that interest the fanatics that surround our hometown Atlanta Falcons.
The blog is named The Bird-Cage, or sometimes will be referred to simply as The ‘Cage for short, as a following of many of us developed a fan forum community through the Falcons Beat Blog by D.Orlando Ledbetter. The enjoyment started with a thirst for everything Falcons Football on the AJC.com website, and quickly developed into a fun hobby that has since become an almost addiction. In an era of social networking sites surging popularity, The Bird-Cage became a community forum based around talking Falcons Football. We welcome you to join in the entertaining environment.
Since this is a blog devoted solely to the fan’s perspective, all themes, ideas, and suggestions are welcome regarding Falcons Football and the NFL at large. Even though the Falcons will be the main focus, the blog will be a forum for many other things related to enjoying the discussion. If you have any suggestions for the blog, Falcons events, or anything related you’d like posted feel free to send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Every fan’s opinion is welcome and encouraged. As with other AJC blogs, the only stipulation is to keep it respectful. Disagreements, arguments, and even conflicts are completely welcomed and even encouraged, but keep it in a civilized manner and tone. Mudslinging, personal attacks, and distractions need not apply. The Atlanta Falcons will of course be the main topic, but we’ll discuss other issues regarding the entire fan experience such as tailgating, recipes, game day rituals, and anything else associated with watching our Beloved ‘Birds and the NFL.
Dawson Devitt’s Very Brief Bio
Born and raised in Northwest Georgia, graduated from The University of Georgia, and am a middle-school teacher in the Metro Atlanta Area. Grew up a Falcons fan watching greats Steve Bartkowski, Mike Kenn, Billy “Whiteshoes” Johnson, & Jessie Tuggle. Huge homer for all Atlanta sports teams, especially the Falcons. Married a beautiful, amazing Tennessee graduate (go figure) and have a wonderful gift of a son who will be torn between UGA and Tennessee growing up. But we’re all Falcons fans who reside in Dekalb County, and are current season-ticket holders. Coached middle school football for 4 years and is a fanatic for all things Falcons Football. I aspire to be like the Master of Grilling, Bobby Flay in my off time. I also have an unhealthy habit for PS2 Madden (yes, still on the old-school console). I look forward to this great opportunity I have been presented.
Favorite Music: U2, R.E.M.,Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Phish, Ben Harper, moe., Ray Charles, George Strait, Jack Johnson, Coldplay, and of course The Beatles.
Favorite Movies: Dumb & Dumber, Mission:Impossible, The Big Lewbowski, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Wonder Boys, Remember the Titans, Friday Night Lights, Bull Durham, Old School, & Major League.
Favorite TV Shows: Really there’s only Seinfeld and everything else. The Office, Friday Night Lights, Rescue Me, Top Chef, Iron Chef America, Curb Your Enthusiasm & anything on the NFL Network, particularly America’s Game.
Top 5 Bobby Flay Burgers: 1) Dallas Burger, 2) Cheyenne Burger, 3) Green Chile Burger, 4) LA Burger, 5) Buffalo-Blue Cheese Burger
D3 handle name came about by there being 3 generations of Devitt (quite the uncommon name), my dad, myself, and my son and also a combination of one of my favorite UGA(& current Falcon) players of all time: DJ Shockley – #3
Blog Hate-Fishing Alerts
As many of you may know, the blogosphere has many people who have no desire to actually engage in quality football discussions, but would rather employ destructive techniques in an attempt to distract the real conversations. Very hard to imagine that people would really spend their time simply trying to make others angry and upset and having no aspiration to truly talk about real issues, obviously making up for serious insecurities they possess themselves.
In general, these breed of posters are pretty rare and really pose no threat at all. The natural inclination is to respond directly to these negative attacks, but taking them head-on actually validates that their opinion has merit and legitimacy, and not the bile that it actually is in real terms. As hard as it seems, just ignore their posts and they eventually will go away. These troubled souls are called “Hate-Fishers” because they will throw out bait that is loaded with vitriol in an attempt to “hook” somebody into their infantile, imbecilic game of name-calling, mudslinging, and revilement. The following are the different breeds of Hate-Fishers:
Vitriolic Fly-Fishers (Level 1)
Originating in the Western U.S., these are a pretty harmless breed of Hate-Fishers that earn the nickname due to their constant peppering of insults to the Bird-Cage. Theses tactics are usually very quick spurts of bile that are slung into the ‘Cage in hopes of landing a quick hook into thei vitriolic game of hate and muckraking. These rapid surges of hate usually tire themselves out fairly quickly with no response.
Deep Sea Hate Fishers (Level 2)
This breed of hate-fishers hails from the coastal areas and has a very persistent nature to them. Like deep sea fishing, perseverance is their form of strategy infusing very long bouts of insults and spewing bile hoping for that one big catch that can validate their misery. These are harder to ignore due to their determination. Pretend you don’t even see them and eventually they will run ashore.
Molotov Cocktail Hate Fishers (Level 3)
The most unruly of the bunch, the bomb throwing fishermen really have no desire of actually hooking a catch, but rather participating in scorched earth warfare. These are a very small strain of hate-fishermen that will throw bombs at random into the Bird-Cage with the goal of simply angering the constituency. These are the most determined of the hate-mongers and require a very good amount of discipline to ignore.