Falcons fans: Are you rooting for or against the Saints?

The Falcons have been going against the Saints forever. So should Falcons fans be pulling for Indianapolis?

The Falcons have been going against the Saints forever. So should Falcons fans be pulling for Indianapolis? (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Had an interesting exchange last night with Falcons coach Mike Smith, when I spoke to him about two conference championship games. At one point, I asked Smith if he had any feelings about the New Orleans franchise finally making it to the Super Bowl.

“No, not really,” Smith said.

So the whole thing about the tormented franchise . . .

“No.”

This wasn’t surprising, I suppose. Smith coaches the Falcons. Football coaches don’t get emotional about other team’s conquests, particularly when the other team is a division rival. (The Falcons lost two close meetings this season). But I was wondering: How do Falcons fans feel about this?

In the live blog off championship Sunday, several Falcons fans chimed in, saying no true Falcons fan should be pulling for the Saints. Maybe because I didn’t grow up here, I can’t relate to the hate in the rivalry. Plus, I’ve never gotten a sense of that “hate” in annual Falcons-Saints games that I do Georgia-Florida, Georgia-Georgia Tech and even Braves-Mets.

Question: Am I wrong for liking the fact the Saints finally made it, especially with the backdrop of the problems in the city of New Orleans? How to do you feel about the Saints being in the Super Bowl, and will you be pulling for them or Indianapolis?

Let me know what you think and I’ll check back.

307 comments Add your comment

truth

January 25th, 2010
9:31 am

GO COLTS!!!!!

Freshmaker

January 25th, 2010
9:31 am

Freshmaker

January 25th, 2010
9:32 am

Gah! 2nd. I am a failure. :(

unknown hinson

January 25th, 2010
9:34 am

Colts all the way… It’s not quite like the Mets but you gotta root against your rival

Freshmaker

January 25th, 2010
9:36 am

I’m rooting for the Saints, though I like both teams about equally. The Saints are definitely good for the city of N.O., and it would be great to see them win the city a championship – they’ve been through a lot. I view the Falcons – Saints rivalry as more of a friendly one as opposed to bitter.

Peadawg

January 25th, 2010
9:37 am

Just like I root for the SEC except Florida(a Georgia fan), I’ll root for the NFC South. Go Saints!

NFC SOUTH! NFC SOUTH! NFC SOUTH!

January 25th, 2010
9:38 am

Of course we are pulling for the Saints! Just like when we pull for the top 3 teams in the SEC when they play for the championship. It makes us feel better about our own failures.

truth

January 25th, 2010
9:39 am

Jeff

January 25th, 2010
9:40 am

I have been a Falcons fan since 1985, but as much as I want to beat the Saints when we play them, I have never hated the Saints. Maybe because they have been even worse than us for most of the time, so I couldn’t engender any animosity towards them. Now, due to my UT allegiance, I will be rooting for Peyton Manning, but it wouldn’t bother me a bit if the Saints win.

Jim n Buckhead

January 25th, 2010
9:41 am

I hate Manning and the Saints equally…i will be watching the puppy bowl or the lingerie bowl….Colts will win big

Michael Stipe

January 25th, 2010
9:42 am

I echo Freshmaker’s sentiments. Even though I’m a long suffering Falcons fan, the two teams sort of mirror eachother in terms of ineptitude. Plus, factoring in the Katrina disaster recovery, a Super Bowl victory would help the city’s self image.

Paul H

January 25th, 2010
9:43 am

MOST DEFINITELY rooting against the Saints and all other Falcons fans better be doing the same.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 25th, 2010
9:45 am

since manning already has a ring, i’m pulling for the saints. i agree it would be a “feel good” story after everything that city has been through.

Jeff Schultz

January 25th, 2010
9:46 am

Ah, Fresh — But you got second AND third.

Jeff Schultz

January 25th, 2010
9:48 am

Unknown — I hear ya.

KornDawg

January 25th, 2010
9:49 am

I, for one, do not believe in conference or divisional loyalty. I want the Saints to lose every game simply because the Falcons are in competition with them. I’d feel the same way if it was the Panthers or Buccaneers. Nothing personal, it’s just that when those teams lose it’s usually better for the Falcons. Also, noone wants to hear their rivals flaunting a Super Bowl (am I allowed to use that term? I don’t want the NFL coming after me) victory.

the real Old Gold

January 25th, 2010
9:49 am

Jeff Schultz

January 25th, 2010
9:49 am

Michael Stipe — Thanks for checking in. Always considered Peter Buck a bigger sports fan than you.

YellowJacketFalcon

January 25th, 2010
9:52 am

Hate the aints. Always have always will. Garbage city & a garbage team with Shioty hooligan inbred fans. I’ll pull for the Bulldogs before I would ever pull for the aints.

UGAFan

January 25th, 2010
9:55 am

Pulling for the Saints, but don’t think anyone can stop Manning.

Tuckdawg

January 25th, 2010
9:58 am

I for one dont care for either of them im a falcons fan so i dont want to see the saints win but on the other hand im a much bigger college fan and since im a huge DAWG fan i cant pull for the colts so im at a loss dont really care just want to see a good game

Steven

January 25th, 2010
9:58 am

I will, forever, root for any team playing against the Saints – especially and including the Falcons. Not only does the “who dat” garbage sound ridiculous, but if people in Atlanta said a phrase like that, the rest of the country would just think we’re dumb southerners.

Not to be completely insensitive, but when is the “makes the city look good after Katrina” noise going to stop? It has been over 4 years, and the only thing that’ll make the city look better than it does now is to rebuild the houses and put poor people in them – merely playing a football game that MANY people can’t afford to even attend (and folks without homes spend money that they shouldn’t so they can be in who dat nation) will not revive a city that, in my opinion, is limited in its revival (without an influx of serious capital and new home building).

That said, I guess all the Michael Vick stories continue after years in Atlanta, so maybe Vick and Katrina have something in common – they’ll never go away.

Bill

January 25th, 2010
10:01 am

The Backdrop of the City has nothing to do with it…$$$$$$ wasted is another story.

Colts all the way. Don’t care for Saints and there crazy fans.

PMC

January 25th, 2010
10:01 am

neither for nor against really. Indifferent. I despised the Bucs when Chucky was on the sideline. I don’t really have any hatred or dislike for the Saints at all.

How depressing is it for THIS city though if the Bucs and Saints win one the Panthers were a few cheating quarters away and the Falcons are light years away?

Our one chance we get that stupid moron who is now a broadcaster for the in Charlotte picking up a hooker…. nice.

Hating Drew Brees is like trying to hate Derek Jeter.

Hilarious Leo Mazzone is talking about I’d rather have that than not get there… yeah no kidding Leo… you guys should have won 3…the Braves are the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings of baseball. How did they get lucky enough to beat Cleveland??? Oh yeah they traded Justice after he did that…. nice job Scherholtz… enjoy the gold watch….

Thank God for Morton Anderson in 98 anyway.

norman

January 25th, 2010
10:02 am

I have been a Falcons fan ever since the franchise started. I have looked at the Falcons-Saints rivalry as the Georgia-Auburn rivalry: a friendly rivalry. You want to beat the Saints & Tigers very bad, but when the game is over, I wish them well. Having said that, “GO SAINTS!”

Phil C

January 25th, 2010
10:02 am

I do not like the Saints when they are competing with us ! Having said that they are in the superbowl and we are not, so I wish them the best ….

At least till next season ;-)

La Jolla Dawg

January 25th, 2010
10:03 am

Definitely pulling for the Saints. I obviously won’t root for them during the season and if in the future, they start dominating the series with the Falcons, I won’t root for them at all. Right now, no reason not to hope they win it all.

Eric

January 25th, 2010
10:05 am

Korndawg is right on the money….collegiately speaking….War Eagle!!! I like Manning because he doesn’t take himself so seriously. He’s a great talent and he’s funny. I also like Drew Brees, have since Purdue, he’s a real class act and so is Sean Payton. Don’t care for Reggie Bush, but would like to see the Saints win it anyway, but don’t think they will. The Colts are just too good.

matt r

January 25th, 2010
10:05 am

I am pulling for the Saints so they will be less hungry next year. And our hunger will allow us to eat them for lunch.

Carpetbagger

January 25th, 2010
10:06 am

I still don’t understand why some people in the South treat college and pro football as if they compete against each other. If you’re a Falcons fan, your college team doesn’t factor into anything. They’re different conversations. The Dawgs, regardless of your love for them, will never go to the Super Bowl. The Falcons will never play in a BCS Championship game. You’re allowed to enjoy both teams equally.

Now, the Colts NEED to win this game. If the Saints win, their fans will be incorrigible if not impossible to deal with next season.

Roots in NO-Born in ATL

January 25th, 2010
10:08 am

Because my family’s roots are deep in the New Orleans and surrounding areas, it was difficult growing up in Atlanta where your friends were Falcons fans but your parents rooted for the Saints. I was somewhat confused about where my allegiance should be. I guess this is why I always viewed the rivalry as something like a sibling one. So now as an adult, even though I’m a full-time Falcon fan, I definitely would like to see the Saints win as I know my father would be proud of his beloved team!!
Go Saints, RIP Pops!!

Tailback U

January 25th, 2010
10:10 am

Jeff
I revile no other NFL team as much as the Saints.
The thought of the Saints winning a superbowl before the Falcons
win one is a disgusting one for sure. Haven’t Falcon fans suffered
enough without embarrassment ? I feel for the city of NO and
what they have gone through but come on now. I kinda think if
I even try to say ” Go Saints ” I’d puke before getting it out.
Uh …sorry for the graphic visual.

Russ

January 25th, 2010
10:10 am

I’m more than sick of Manning, but that being said the Saints are the Falcons arch-rival. I don’t know how any true Falcon fan could cheer for the Saints. GO COLTS!!!

Fish2774

January 25th, 2010
10:10 am

As much as it hurts, but their in the Divisional family I’ll have to choose the Saint’s. Go Breezy

TMoney

January 25th, 2010
10:11 am

Against, decidedly against. I could never bring myself to root for the Saints. I’m already tired of hearing the Saints fans at my office and around where I live. They seem to think their team is led by the second coming. I’m really going to be pulling hard for the Colts come 2-7.

Boom Dizzle

January 25th, 2010
10:11 am

If you are a true Falcons fan it’s NO WAY and/or NO REASON that you should be cheering for the Saints…….

GeoffDawg

January 25th, 2010
10:12 am

Don’t particularly care about the Saints one way or the other. I’d rather their team be mediocre to increase the Falcons’ chances at winning the division but that’s about it.

bugman

January 25th, 2010
10:14 am

Da Saints.

I’ll root for them whenever Atlanta is not in the mix. Regular season is a diff dawg, tho.

Mave2124

January 25th, 2010
10:15 am

Root for the Who Dats??? Are you serious? I’m with Mike Smith on that one….No way….GO Colts! Make sure Matt Ryan takes notes on how mto run an offsense from Manning.

Lifelong Falcon fan

January 25th, 2010
10:17 am

The Colts. Dats who.

Lifelong Falcon fan

January 25th, 2010
10:18 am

Boom- You said it!

Tucker T

January 25th, 2010
10:18 am

I feel kinda like coach Smith. Indifferent. I don’t have a major hate for the Saints but also don’t like them much either. Reggie Bush? Now I do hate him for his idiotic comments he made earlier this season about making the Pro Bowl. He has had a good post season but I still think he is overrated and afraid of taking a hit.

stevie g

January 25th, 2010
10:22 am

I’ll be rooting against the AINTS during the Super Bowl. Rooting for them would be like me, a die hard Georgia fan, rooting for Florida in a national championship game (or any game). It’s impossible.

BullDawg Rick

January 25th, 2010
10:23 am

Who Dat Who Dat!!!

Go Saints… Formerly known as the group “Aints”!!!

McNasty

January 25th, 2010
10:25 am

How could any Falcon fan pull for the Aints? Has anybody been to a home game where the falcons lose? The Aints fans lead a umbrella mardi gras parade around our home dome complete with trumpets and costumes mocking Atlanta. It is humilliating as a falcon fan.
Things turned out OK sunday because Farve got pounded into retirement and lost and N O will not see a faded self centered ego manic @ qb in Miami and will lose.

Mark Knopfler

January 25th, 2010
10:25 am

Mark, I rooted for the Saints yesterday, but I will root for the Colts for the Superbowl. I was living in Indiana when the Colts drafted Peyton Manning. It is good to see him so successful when I had to suffer through the first season and all the second guessing about missing Ryan Leaf. So Peyton and me are like brothers in arms

drew

January 25th, 2010
10:26 am

I pulled for the Saints yesterday simply because I wanted to see Brett Favre denied his fairybook ending.

As a Falcon fan, it’s hard for me to hate the Saints, as they are one of the few franchises that have had less success than the Falcons. Manning’s got his, so I guess I’ll pull for the Saints…I like the idea of having two games next year against the reigning champs.

David Smith

January 25th, 2010
10:27 am

The Saints will crash and burn in Miami against the more experienced Colts. Peyton Manning will pick the Saints defense apart when they try to blitz, Drew Brees will throw two costly Interceptions, and the city of New Orleans will have their hearts ripped out and will have a new title to go will their history (Super Bowl Chokers) as well as a new dance from their owner (The funeral march boogie).

Mark Knopfler

January 25th, 2010
10:28 am

Sorry Jeff, I like my name so much that I called you Mark as well. You are better looking than that Bradley chap anyway

Jt

January 25th, 2010
10:28 am

I pulled for the Saints yesterday for one reason- I am sick of Brett Favre and the media’s love for him (btw the Fox crew mentioned his name 139 times during yesterday’s broadcast). I do not hate the Saints like I do Tampa Bay or Carolina. I actually like their team- fun to watch when they are not beating the Falcons. But on Super Bowl Sunday, I wll be pulling for the Golden Boy and the Colts.