Live from Falcons-Vikings: Anybody excited about this one?

"Hey, I'm pumped. Who's with me?" (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

"Hey, I'm pumped. Who's with me?" (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

I wish I could say I’m looking forward to a great day of pro football here at the Dome, but I’d be a big fat liar. The Atlanta Falcons tend to play to the level of the opposition, and if that happens today …

(Pause to shudder.)

The Minnesota Vikings are awful, and they’re without their best player. (Adrian Peterson, RB.) They’re also without Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Alan Page, Joe Kapp, Carl Eller, Fran Tarkenton, Chuck Foreman, Cris Carter, Mick Tinglehoff and anyone else who ever put the pop in the Purple. The Vikings are 2-8, having beaten two other terrible teams (Arizona and Carolina).

This is one of those games the Falcons should win by three touchdowns, and I’m thinking it’s a game they need to win by three touchdowns. Even at 6-4, there’s scarcely a buzz about this team nationally or locally. I got out of Mass later than usual this morning, and I was thinking I might hit  traffic around the Dome, but I drove right in at 11:30.

It’s 12:03 as I write, and there’s almost nobody in the house. I know it’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving and the day after Tech-Georgia, but still … this is, on the record, a pretty good NFL team. I wondered in preseason why more people weren’t talking about the Falcons, and on the final Sunday of November I’m wondering still.

So I ask again: Are you pumped about the Birds? Are you too stuffed with Thanksgiving turkey to care? Has watching Florida fall to 6-6 and Clemson to 9-3 last night dulled the senses? Is there anybody out there? Is this microphone on?

With that, I’ll hang up and await your responses. Assuming there are any.

By Mark Bradley

1,179 comments Add your comment

Michael

November 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

First! Go Birds!

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2011
12:22 pm

Well, there’s one precinct heard from! Kudos, Michael.

Colin

November 27th, 2011
12:22 pm

I care..but I cared about the Thrashers too. I’m in the minority.

chem

November 27th, 2011
12:23 pm

Mr Charlie

November 27th, 2011
12:24 pm

Ryan is right, records do not matter in the NFL.

Tim

November 27th, 2011
12:25 pm

I can just FEEL the excitement.

bart

November 27th, 2011
12:27 pm

Something to watch on tv on a rainy Sunday – I can always take a nap if it gets too boring.

JakeDSnake

November 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

The problem seems to be that they always find a way to disappoint. Last year was the biggest example of disappointment. I still remember back in the 80’s and someone asked a friend if he was a Falcons fan. His response…. “I try to be.”

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

I’m having a hard time feeling the excitement. But I’m easily bored.

Snake Doc

November 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

There’s a game today?

Actually the only way I knew a game was being played at the Ga. Dome was when I checked my local TV listings and found out I had a choice between the Falcons/Vikings or NE/Philadelphia. I think I’ll stick a screw driver into my brain for entertainment today as the Football games on TV stink!

Mr Charlie

November 27th, 2011
12:31 pm

it is a trap game.

Anthony

November 27th, 2011
12:34 pm

Arthur Blank should find the genius who came up with trading 2 years worth of picks for a wide receiver and kick his bollocks straight to the top of their idiot head.

On top of that we didnt do well in free agency and Ray Edwards is having a bad year.

All we had to do was get a little help on the O-line and some good defense help for our secondary. We couldve been sitting along side the Packers as top team in football.

I welcome anyone to debate the intelligence of going all out on a wide receiver when last years team couldve made the Superbowl with a few defense tweaks.

Arthur Blank should start knocking some heads together.

Mr Charlie

November 27th, 2011
12:36 pm

I just hope it is not like 2005 when a 6-2 falcons lost to a 1-7 Green Bay, or in 06 when the 5-3 Falcons lost to the 1-7 Detroit, then come back and lost to a 2-7 Cleveland back to back.

Mr Charlie

November 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

Agreed Anthony, unless JJ surpasses Jerry Rice when it is all said and done, it was a bad trade.

J.J.M.

November 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

Well win today and hope the giants beat the saints tomorrow ill be very excited!

Dr. Warren

November 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

They’re a disappointment.

72 Million Dollar Bust

November 27th, 2011
12:41 pm

Overrated forever.

72 Million Dollar Bust

November 27th, 2011
12:42 pm

Lost to the Bucs.
Lost to the Saints.

Enough said.

Nikki

November 27th, 2011
12:42 pm

I still haven’t bought in to Matt Ryan. We STILL have no pass rush. The Falcons mortgaged the farm for a WR who was injury-prone in college. I’m just not hopeful this season.

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2011
12:43 pm

Here’s the thing: The Falcons are probably going to make the playoffs. Will we be excited then?

Buzz Aldrin

November 27th, 2011
12:46 pm

Time to come out and take care of an overmatched opponent…like we did against the Colts.

Remember, the Packers weren’t the #1 seed last year, we were. You just have to get in the playoffs and get hot.

J.J.M.

November 27th, 2011
12:48 pm

If they make the playoffs and I get matt ryan to sign a contract saying he will throw at least 3 deep balls in the playoffs ill show up to a game in some speedos painted black and red

Anthony

November 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

MB,

I would be happier and more excited if we didnt make the playoffs and it forces Arthur to make much needed changes.

But, I am wearing my 2010 division champs shirt so I will be excited if they make it back. As Buzz said, anything can happen in the playoffs!

Robert

November 27th, 2011
12:51 pm

Agree with all the comments on the Jones draft day trade debacle. However, this is still a team better than the competition for the wild card spots. Mark, the talking heads on both ESPN and FOX almost unanimously favored the Falcons to make the playoffs with the Giants, Bears, and Lions fighting for the other spot. Lions’ chances dropping like a stone.

NoShamSam

November 27th, 2011
12:51 pm

I wish the Falcons would take advantage of a weaker opponent and practice some of those long passes we thought we would see in preseason. Here is hoping that our pricey draft pick doesn’t turn into a bust.

MarkM

November 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

I remember Bob Berry, Dick Shiner, David Archer, Cannonball Butler, Pat Peppler, Norm Van Brocklin, Norb Hecker, Eddie LeBaron, Leeman Bennett, Marion Campbell (twice), Wallace Francis, Aundray Bruce, June Jones, Tim Mazzetti, Harmon Wages, Eddie Lee….the list goes on and on. If people think this version of the Falcons are not worthy, they really have no concept of history. So, yeah, I’m ready for this game. Winning has been a long time coming and I’ll take it any way it comes – close, big, whatever.

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

What changes need to be made, Anthony?

Nikki

November 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

@ Mark Bradley,

I’m a life long Falcon fan. I have season tickets. It would be nice to see a few big victories in the regular season. Beat New Orleans. Beat Green Bay. Beat Chicago. All of your wins shouldn’t be coming from inferior opponents (Colts) or opponents with a key injury (Houston).

To answer your question, I will be excited if they make it out of the first round.

Ken

November 27th, 2011
12:55 pm

Well Mark…it sucks for fans outside of GA! I wish I could be in the Dome EVERY SINGLE WEEK!

Anthony

November 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

MB,

If I had to choose one area…

Offensive line.

Matty cant throw from his back very well.

MarkM

November 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

I’m outside of Georgia now, too, Ken…I’d be there every week otherwise as well.

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2011
12:57 pm

A lot of empty seats, said the eagle-eyed scribe.

Anthony

November 27th, 2011
12:58 pm

MB,

From a management stand point…

Mularkey. It wouldnt surprise me if he was very vocal for getting Jones, and his play calling is questionable at best.

NoShamSam

November 27th, 2011
1:00 pm

Wish I was in the Dome with you mark. I’m in DC and no tv up here. Looks like the internet radio broadcast for me.

Keith

November 27th, 2011
1:00 pm

after yesterday’s Auburn thrashing by Bama, I’m excited about any game where we have a chance to win!

J.J.M.

November 27th, 2011
1:00 pm

“sell out crowd”

72 Million Dollar Bust

November 27th, 2011
1:00 pm

Jared Allen and Percy Harvin all day.

Mr Charlie

November 27th, 2011
1:01 pm

Dome stinks, it is a graveyard.

mountain_jim

November 27th, 2011
1:01 pm

I am excited because the Falcons are still in the hunt, and the offense has looked better when Mularkey is not calling the plays.

Let’s see a good game from Owens! Keep Baker on the bench! Stay healthy Julio!

Ginger

November 27th, 2011
1:02 pm

Looking forward to game….always enjoy watching my teams play !!!
We are still in the race for NFC south title and wildcard title and we get in the tournament and anything can happen.

I wish that college had a playoff system like NFL or something similar…Think about Green Bay last yr…if the NFL voted like college Green Bay would not have been voted champs…..Love the games. Sure hope that the Falcons make the playoffs and remember the Falcons have a game left against Saints…so very important for Falcons to win today….

Loserville USA

November 27th, 2011
1:02 pm

I am POSITIVE Mularkey and Van Donatell will make this game EXCITING.

60 minutes of real football? Doubtful.

JSS

November 27th, 2011
1:02 pm

Finally some folks are seeing what the rest of the league sees… Alas, there’s is always that one homer who mistakes “rah-rah” for being “all in.” They are who they are! There’s no sugar coating that fact… No, it is like Canada Dry Ginger Ale, not the best tasting or the most exciting brand…

Once Recent Reader

November 27th, 2011
1:02 pm

Big game today. If not excited bout Vikings, gotta be at least very interested in the outcome of this game. I do not need a 3 TD win . …just a one point win is fine. However . . ..I do understand that it would be nice to get a big win against a team having a bad season . . .. . and not another nail biter!

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2011
1:02 pm

Sorry to hear that, NoShamSam. We’ll do our best to keep you informed.

mountain_jim

November 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

Apparently Baker getting snaps today? There goes the season if Ryan gets hurt – plus Ryan’s confidence and performance gets better the longer Baker is out.

JSS

November 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

Weeeeeeee-eeeeeeeeee-eeeeems!!! Splat!

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

Falcons have the ball to start. And they come out in the Wishbone!

Mark Bradley

November 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

Kidding about the Wishbone.

mountain_jim

November 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

Typical mularkey wasted first down

J.J.M.

November 27th, 2011
1:04 pm

NoShamSam you want a streaming link?