Chattin’ with Bradley: The rain, the Falcons and other things

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.”

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Hillbilly Deluxe

September 20th, 2009
11:33 am

My requeest is “I Wish It Would Rain” by the Temptations. Keep your powder dry, Mark.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
11:35 am

I’ll make the effort, Hillbilly. Congratulations on being Numero Uno today.

Ron Martin

September 20th, 2009
11:40 am

Terence Moore, now there’s a columnist who could sing!

Bangkapi Ajarn

September 20th, 2009
11:42 am

I thought Cox did great myself, poise against an SEC defense is no small thing. The Falcons,however, are stil a work in progress, the true test of the defense will not come until the Pats game.

I think the Falcons D may be a year or so away, and will prove to have a porous secondary relative to other NFL teams. Better than average run D, below average pass D, continued outstanding special teams D.

Did anyone else catch the comment in one of the talk shows yesterday (forget which one) that John Abraham is looking for mega bucks, Hainsworth-ish money?

honest_abe

September 20th, 2009
11:45 am

i wouldn’t mind watching a shootout like last night’s ga game. fun!

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
11:47 am

Cox is just fine. He’s an SEC quarterback, definitely.

Cracker man

September 20th, 2009
11:49 am

What’s your amended prediction for Falcons record? I’m confident enough to go with 11-5 again …

Jamaaliver

September 20th, 2009
11:49 am

Atlanta has some of the most unbearable weather for a Southern City. Freezing rain and sleet in winter (we won’t be hosting another SB anytime soon)

Blazing, mind-numbing heat and droughts during MOST summers.

I can’t imagine ever going back to playing outdoor football again.

And as always, I’d like to request Hotel California by The Eagles. (Hope Philly smashes NO today.) Plus it’s just a really good song.

Tom

September 20th, 2009
11:49 am

Mathew who? Joe Cox is my hero. Can’t seem to find anything good to say about the Defense. Is there anybody out there besides me that thinks Tommy Tuberville would make a great DC

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
11:50 am

I’ll stick with 10-6. For the time being, anyway.

Barack Obama

September 20th, 2009
12:05 pm

Good luck Atlanta Falcons

Sonny Clusters

September 20th, 2009
12:14 pm

We was always glad when it rained because we most always had crops in the ground but it can be real troubling when playing ball. On rainy nights, mostly, we would line up behind Stinky Wintes and run behind him. We never had a dome at Parkview but we was always a premium program.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
12:17 pm

Duly noted, Sonny.

Roudy Roddy

September 20th, 2009
12:21 pm

I’d have more chances if they would move me to corner. With Tony G.in our line-up I’m only getting 5 chances and our corners are getting 10 chances each.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
12:22 pm

It was apparent pretty early in camp that Matt Ryan had a new favorite.

Sonny Clusters

September 20th, 2009
12:36 pm

Playing favorites can be troublesome though we always tried to get the ball to Jeff in a crunch and let him run up the sideline throwing a stiff-arm. Jeff could really stiff-arm – anybody that’s seen his baseball swing can tell that. Stiff-arming is coming back. Who is the best stiff-armer on the Falcons? We was thinking it might be Jerious.

brewdawg

September 20th, 2009
12:36 pm

I think last night’s game was the key game of the season for UGA. Take care of business at home next week against ASU and it sets up a BIG game on Oct 3rd against LSU. Everything still there for the taking for UGA. Still going with 8-4 mark? (Not being sarcastic, genuine question)

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
12:37 pm

Michael Turner’s OK on the stiff-arm, too.

NCBravesFan

September 20th, 2009
12:38 pm

Mark, you are the furthest thing from a moron.

But your prognostications are, with all due respect, pretty much the Black Death of forecasting.

So stick with the Panthers and we’ll all be happy. ;-)

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
12:38 pm

Astounding everyone, I haven’t picked a Georgia game wrong so far. (I know — there have only been three.) I’ll stick with 8-4.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
12:39 pm

All due respect is more than I’m due, NC.

brewdawg

September 20th, 2009
12:43 pm

Fair enough Mark. Always a pleasure

Sonny Clusters

September 20th, 2009
12:45 pm

We was not able to get tickets to today’s game so we are glad Mark is there. One time we was at a Braves game and somebody streaked across the field and slid into home plate. That was painful to watch. One time we was at a Falcons game and we saw Tommy Nobis upstairs and he looked like he could still play some. Writing stories like that is human interest.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
12:51 pm

Tommy Nobis still sits upstairs with us. And he looks like he could hit someone even now.

BugKiller

September 20th, 2009
12:51 pm

FIRE WILLIE MARTINEZ!!!

Oh… I’m sorry. Wrong blog. Hehe. Stupid me.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
12:54 pm

That’s OK, BugKiller. That one works wherever.

NCFalconFan

September 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

I am trying to watch 3 pre-game shows, read Twitter, chat w/Bradley and will watch the game at 1pm. It’s really becoming a job watching the NFL, but I absolutely love it!!!

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

Pretty nice scene. Falcons being intro’ed. Throwback unis and all. (They look nice!) Fans are waving red and white flags. Smoke going up.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
12:56 pm

You have to multi-task in today’s wired world, NC. Though three pregame shows is, in my view, three too many.

NCFalconFan

September 20th, 2009
12:57 pm

I love the THROWBACKS!!!

NCFalconFan

September 20th, 2009
12:59 pm

I know I need to pick one or maybe two pre-games, but I’m scared I’m going to miss something.

oldeoutlaw

September 20th, 2009
12:59 pm

alright…back to the black with red helmets….

oldeoutlaw

September 20th, 2009
1:00 pm

seems like someone could take the three shows and make 1 worth watching!!

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
1:01 pm

In my old age, I’ve given up pregame shows. Fox on baseball took care of that for me.

oldeoutlaw

September 20th, 2009
1:02 pm

You nailed that one Mark

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
1:02 pm

Falcons kicking off. But you know that. You’re watching at home, right?

Country Boy

September 20th, 2009
1:03 pm

ahhh yes ….. the rain, the park and other things by the cowsills about a million years ago. Thanks for the memory and Go Birds.

oldeoutlaw

September 20th, 2009
1:03 pm

unfortunatly…didnot have tickets

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
1:04 pm

Jake under center. First play’s a toss-sweep. Peterson and Lofton stuff it.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
1:04 pm

Jake completes a pass to Steve Smith. Who gets really excited. Carolina doesn’t complete many passes. Brian Williams was covering.

oldeoutlaw

September 20th, 2009
1:05 pm

stuffed that one in there wow

oldeoutlaw

September 20th, 2009
1:05 pm

using that sieve defense

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
1:05 pm

Jake again. Who’s he think he is — Ryan Mallett?

BugKiller

September 20th, 2009
1:06 pm

Our defense is getting shredded by Jake Delhomme.

FIRE THE THROWBACK UNIFORMS!!!

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
1:07 pm

Third and three. At the 27.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
1:07 pm

Got it. I think.

Yep.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
1:08 pm

Lofton again with a tackle. He’s pretty decent.

Mark Bradley

September 20th, 2009
1:08 pm

Another third down. Third and seven.

oldeoutlaw

September 20th, 2009
1:09 pm

panthers did this last week to Philly

domes suck

September 20th, 2009
1:10 pm

Football was meant to be played (and watched) in the rain!