Live from the Dome, where consolation is available

The Dome pulses with energy at 11:43 a.m. Or not. (Photo by M. Bradley)

The Dome positively pulses with energy at 11:43 a.m. Or perhaps not. (Photo by M. Bradley)

The Falcons can’t make the playoffs. You know that already. They can, however, get to 9-7. Which would be huge. But you knew that, too.

Beyond that, I don’t have much for you. Inactives haven’t been announced. The opponent, Buffalo, has 18 men on injured reserve. Brian Brohm is expected to start quarterback, which could make this an all-Petrino day if Matt Ryan can’t go the distance. (Both Brohm and Falcons backup Chris Redman played for Bobby P. at U of L, as you also know.)

Speaking of which: I’ve seen Petrino’s name listed as a possibility for the Florida post. At such times I ask myself, “Who makes these lists?” He’s a good coach who’s bad with people. That wouldn’t fly at UF. He’s never in anything long-term, as the Falcons know too well. The only chance Petrino would have to coach the Gators is if the first 10 choices turned Jeremy Foley down. Which they won’t. It’s the best job in the nation.

Back to the Falcons. Today’s tilt has a consolation-game feel to it. Like many of you, I fully expected this season to extend into the second week of January. (Sporting News had the Falcons playing in for the NFC championship.) I have to say I’m disappointed, but I’m not massively surprised. By October it was clear this offense wasn’t quite what it needed to be, and it was apparent in August this defense wouldn’t stop many people.

So here they sit, 7-7 two days after Christmas. The schedule didn’t help. Injuries didn’t, either. But the cold truth is that they never were as good as we/they hoped. And if they still manage to get to 9-7, I’ll call that good value for an underwhelming season. Not to mention the needed end to a streak that should have never gotten started but has, astonishingly enough, lasted into the 44th season.

With that, I’ll open the floor for discussion. And I’ll be here to entertain comments until the final whistle, which I predict will arrive at 4:02 p.m. EST. And I am, as we know, never ever wrong.

OK, here’s your inactives. For the Falcons: Troy Bergeron, Chris Houston, Michael Turner, Charlie Peprah, Harvey Dahl, Jason Rader and Jamaal Anderson. For the Bills: Who cares?

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Meanwhile...dare I say it?

December 27th, 2009
11:49 am

Dare I say…first?

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
11:51 am

Meanwhile, I’m going to ask a question sometimes posed to me: Do you ever sleep?

Kudos on this achievement.

Reid Adair

December 27th, 2009
11:55 am

According to FalconsJMoore on Twitter, the inactives are Turner, Bergeron, Peprah, Houston, Dahl, Rader, Anderson and Wilson (3rd QB).

Reid Adair

December 27th, 2009
11:57 am

On a separate note, Mark, I agree with you about Petrino. I don’t see any way possible that Jeremy Foley would even consider bringing Petrino to Gainesville.

mmgtfan

December 27th, 2009
11:58 am

Im remembering that 4:02 prediction

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:00 pm

The team Web site tends to get the inactives earlier than we do. As you’d expect.

Meanwhile...dare I say it?

December 27th, 2009
12:05 pm

Mark I try to sleep, but that d@mn editor of yours keeps on calling with the topic at hand. I keep telling him I’m not on the payroll at the AJC, but all he says is “Rosebud” and hangs up.

I try to go back to sleep, but then Michael Stipe knocks on the door shouting “What’s the frequency Kenneth” and it’s game over at that point as far as sleeping.

I knew I should have listen to Tiger when he tried to warn me about the side effects of the Ambien.

lanier

December 27th, 2009
12:06 pm

i know you would rather be doing something else but if you didnt show the AJC would fire their last sportswriter. wait maybe you are faking it and are watching from a bar. if so good move

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:08 pm

“Rosebud” is AJC code for, “Write shorter.” Just FYI.

Heather

December 27th, 2009
12:11 pm

About the Falcons: Who cares? Really.

The Dogfighter Returns

December 27th, 2009
12:12 pm

what’s up with the website for 790 the zone? did steak forget to pay the station’s bills? :)

Sonny Clusters

December 27th, 2009
12:15 pm

At least Mr Blank is not on that list of inactives. They will be some fanny patting today. Mark, please let us know how Mr Blank is dressed as soon as you spot him. We was wondering if he got any clothes for Hanukkah?

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:16 pm

Mr. Blank is never inactive.

And he’s wearing gray slacks and a blue blazer. Classic look.

Dawgs2009

December 27th, 2009
12:19 pm

Does it matter about Michael Turner? Really? What was he going to accomplish today other than one or two plays. Good call on sitting him. We will need him next year. Perhaps they can make another playoff run.

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:20 pm

That is a good call on Turner, Dawgs2009. It’d be nice to win these games, but not at the expense of games in 2010.

Meanwhile...dare I say it?

December 27th, 2009
12:20 pm

Now that makes sense. He’s ALWAYS yelling “Rosebud” in my ear. I keep telling him “You wouldn’t limit da Vinci to painting on a postage stamp would you?” and he keeps making snide references to the Terrell Owens School of Humility.

My guess is, he doesn’t know who da Vinci is, so he keeps changing the subject.

Sonny Clusters

December 27th, 2009
12:21 pm

Mark, ever since you told us Santa Glaus is Coming to Town we was wondering if you had any more Braves news? Clusters always thought a team needs to be strong down the middle and right now this team may be stronger down the middle than in several years. Do you see a right handed power bat being added before kickoff?

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:21 pm

“Da Vinci” is AJC code for “Vince Dooley.”

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:26 pm

The way Frank Wren functions, Sonny, the Braves could have a whole new roster by the time this game kicks off.

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:28 pm

Blank update: He’s standing on the Bird logo at midfield. Hands in pockets. Looks intense.

[...] GO CHECK OUT MARK BRADLEY’S LIVE IN-GAME CHAT. I will  have a new post-game blog posted later tonight. — DOL [...]

Reid Adair

December 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

Saw that the Bills have TE Joe Klopfenstein listed as their third quarterback – with Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick both inactive.

Meanwhile...dare I say it?

December 27th, 2009
12:31 pm

Is Ralph Wilson standing on the other side of the logo jawing at him?

Sonny Clusters

December 27th, 2009
12:31 pm

Mr Blank is giving the other side a Blank stare. That’s supposed to scare ‘em. Let’s hope he doesn’t resort to firing any Blanks over there.

Michael

December 27th, 2009
12:32 pm

I like how that stat worked out that running backs who are overworked one year are done the next.

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:33 pm

Don’t hold me to this, but I believe the two owners exchanged warm greetings.

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:34 pm

Blank update: Just shook hands with Bills CB Drayton Florence. Don’t know the connection there.

Sonny Clusters

December 27th, 2009
12:36 pm

Drayton’s was on his momma’s side.

Meanwhile...dare I say it?

December 27th, 2009
12:37 pm

That the owners exchanged warm greetings is sad news, if for no other reason that an opportunity was missed to introduce the word fisticuffs into the proceedings.

Meanwhile...dare I say it?

December 27th, 2009
12:40 pm

No doubt the conversation with CB Drayton revolved around “Sure is warm in here today. How’s the weather up in Buffalo in December?”

dean

December 27th, 2009
12:41 pm

Did y’all know that, TV-wise, Savannah is considered Home Territory for—the Jacksonville Jaguars? Sigh. The hometown of our beloved UGA mascot, and we’re Home Territory for a Florida team. That sucks. Enjoy. Go Falcons!

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

Not to say I’m an advocate of fisticuffs between men wearing ties … but today’s tilt could use some spice.

Barkin'Dog

December 27th, 2009
12:45 pm

Heather…. I for one care about the Falcons. I’m sure a lot of others here do as well. The real question is: “Who cares that Heather was here?”

scott

December 27th, 2009
12:47 pm

i one day wish the falcons would return to the super bowl or else win consistently..it would do wonders for this racialy divided city and would bring people together…i,m very dissapointed in them this year

Frank Wren

December 27th, 2009
12:49 pm

By June when Javy’s ERA is over 5.00 and Melky is hitting .300 and lighting a spark on this team Ill accept all of your apologies.

What part of Vasquez is 34 and on the backside of his career and Melky is 25 and just starting to come into his prime do you people not get?

Ask Yankee fans if they are happy with the trade. They feel like they were robbed.

Frank Wren

December 27th, 2009
12:50 pm

Oh and I got two of their best prospects in the deal too.

Jase

December 27th, 2009
12:51 pm

Mark – Is Roddy wearing his lucky “Mike Vick” t-shirt under his pads today? The “Sonny Clusters”
t-shirt ain’t been working the last few games.

brewdawg

December 27th, 2009
12:52 pm

Frank,

It’s not so much that we don’t see the potential upside of the trade… down the road. But if you were serious about making the Braves a contender for 2010, then Javy was the big trade piece we had for adding a big-time bat for the middle of the order.

FalconLover

December 27th, 2009
12:53 pm

Can I post today?

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
12:54 pm

I need me a Sonny Clusters T-shirt, now that you mention it.

Frank Wren

December 27th, 2009
12:57 pm

Javy was the big trade piece

He wasnt that big of a piece. Listen he is a career .500 pitcher with an ERA of 4.20 . He had a great year last year. Odds he does it again are slim and none. More likely he reverts back to being a .500 pitcher with a 4.20 ERA.

Bob Uecker was a .200 hitter but im sure he had a month in his career somewhere where he hit .400.

mmgtfan

December 27th, 2009
12:57 pm

How does the crowd look?

Sonny Clusters

December 27th, 2009
12:58 pm

They was a big demand on the first issue of Sonny Clusters shirts. Not sure if any was left. They was orange and a big seller. You should have seen Mr Blank in that orange tee shirt!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 27th, 2009
1:00 pm

IT’S KICKOFF TIME! (Mark, tell Mr. Blank to get a new P.A. system)

brewdawg

December 27th, 2009
1:00 pm

Frank,

Exactly. His value is likely at an all-time high. So why not use his career year to get a big bat so that we can get post-season baseball back in Atlanta, instead of doing a Pirates-esque trade for prospects and a middling outfielder?

JTH

December 27th, 2009
1:00 pm

Falcons 34-24 then next week 28-27 and the curse is over!

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
1:01 pm

Always glad to have D-Led join the festivities.

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
1:02 pm

Falcons about to kick the pig, which I mean only metaphorically.

Crowd is small, but not as small as I feared.

JTH

December 27th, 2009
1:02 pm

Jason Snelling please have a big game for my Fantasy football championship. I’m sitting Jerome Harrison for you.

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
1:03 pm

Eric Weems with a big hit on kick coverage.