I can’t promise that Falcons-Panthers will be half as entertaining as last night’s Georgia-Petrino tilt. I wish I could, but some things are beyond even my control. So, if things get dull, you can amuse yourselves by reading through the 2,365 comments (at last count) the Bulldogs’ defensive struggle with Arkansas prompted. Pay particular attention to those calling for Joe Cox to be benched even as he was tying a school record for touchdown passes in a game.
Turning to the pros … I’m at the Dome now, and I’d like to say a word on the Dome’s behalf. There are autumn Sunday when it’s bright and shiny outdoors and folks are moved to say, “Look at this weather. What do we we need a roof for? Football’s meant to be played outside!”
This is not such a day. The weather of the past week has been enough to prompt my new neighbor Noah to say, “Man — does it always rain this much down here?” And it poured this morning. It’s starting to clear now, but still … thank goodness for that off-white roof.
As for the game itself: I figure Carolina will either get blown out — Jake Delhomme’s final errant flings as quarterback — or will make an impassioned stand and take it to the wire. (More detailed MB thoughts on this pressing matter can be accessed here.) It’s kind of a trap game for the Falcons, coming as it does after the smashing opener and before the trip to Foxborough. But a good team playing at home should be able to win.
So why, then, did I pick the Panthers a month ago? Because, in the midst of the semi-alarming exhibition season, I didn’t think the Falcons’ defense would look so good so soon. Because I was trying to be a contrarian. Because, as ever, I’m a moron.
At any rate, Marky the Moron will be here all game to field your comments, questions and song requests. And I note we already have one of the latter. It comes from the Ozarks. From a Guy who calls himself “Bobby P.” Says he wants to hear “Melancholy Baby.”