Live from New Orleans: The Falcons will lose – but not today

Just another example of how the Saints afford us Atlantans no respect. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Just another example of how the Saints afford us Atlantans no respect. (Photo by M. Bradley)

New Orleans – Father Peter P. Finney delivered the homily at the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Clement of Rome in Metairie, La., this morning, and here we note: Father Finney is the grandson of Peter Finney, the gentlemanly sports columnist of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and Father Finney actually gave no homily at all. It’s a St. Clement tradition to do without one during its annual Oyster Festival, which is ongoing this weekend. (There was carnival paraphernalia all over the parking lot.)

Father Finney noted that today’s Oyster Festival session is set to commence at noon –  “when the Saints kick off,” he said. Then he noted: “The Saints’ game will be shown on television.”

Our rather roundabout point being: Even when the Saints stink, they’re still the talk of the town. (Metairie is a suburb off Lake Pontchartrain, of which my hotel affords me a half-scenic view.)

I’m on record — if you have three minutes and 32 seconds, you can hear me say it to Bill Littlefield of NPR’s Only A Game — that the Falcons won’t go undefeated. (My quote: “I don’t think anybody really seriously believes the Falcons are going to go 16-0.”) But there’s CineSport proof of me picking the Falcons to reach the Super Bowl and, via the Internet and the print AJC, I’m also on record as predicting that they’ll sweep the Saints.

That belief probably won’t win me many friends among the Oyster Fest folks, but it is, for better or worse, how I feel. I don’t think a lousy defensive team can beat the Falcons, and the Saints are on course to be the lousiest defensive team ever. I believe the Falcons’ first loss will come two weeks hence, at Tampa three days after Thanksgiving. I do not believe it will happen today.

But I have, as we know, been wrong a time or two. Whatever occurs, I’ll be here to watch and comment, and I implore you to join me. And I thank you, as ever, in advance. (Oh, and if you missed it: Read the fine print on the seat card depicted above.)

By Mark Bradley

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Greg

November 11th, 2012
11:35 am

At least it doesn’t say Bedwetter! First.

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Mark Bradley

November 11th, 2012
11:41 am

Kudos, Greg. And the thought did occur.

AU Liberal in ATL

November 11th, 2012
11:46 am

As a longtime Falcon’s fan, over 30 years, I expect a loss every week. This week is no different.

Chuck Shick

November 11th, 2012
11:46 am

Good morning Falcons nation! Time to rise up in the Crescent City and show the hung-over Who-Dats who’s boss in the NFC.

Look for 55 and 71 to keep Brees running for his life and coughing up the rock!

Bird

November 11th, 2012
11:48 am

Falcons lose today.

Humphrey

November 11th, 2012
11:52 am

I expect a loss today. Can’t lie. Hope we win, but I think we lose this one.

DeepDiver

November 11th, 2012
11:53 am

Chuck Shick

November 11th, 2012
11:53 am

OK, AU Liberal and Bird…Get with the program or go visit the American Idol blog.

Either you rise up or shut up!

vesaversa

November 11th, 2012
11:56 am

I predict that the Falcons will score over 30 points and win big today .

Jack ®

November 11th, 2012
12:04 pm

The Falcons may not go 16-0, but I sure do want them to win today. Maybe the TV announcers will even have something nice to say about the Birds.

Chuck Shick

November 11th, 2012
12:04 pm

Mark, Every year, the football talking heads talk about “Statement Games”. I would suggest that this is the Falcons opportunity to silence the critics and stomp a hated division rival on their home turf.

Your thoughts…

we steal ruin this state

November 11th, 2012
12:06 pm

I would rather see the Birds lose at some point (NOT today though), and get the loss(es) out of their system before the playoffs.

Panic fan

November 11th, 2012
12:06 pm

Will be watching very close on what and when the refs make those game changing calls Last week they had it down to a art of how to take a game away, even in press vick and andy reid made mention of very questionable calls at just the perfect time to insure a saints victory We shall overcome all the dirty little tricks today but this will be a battle till the end should be best game of the day

Steve

November 11th, 2012
12:09 pm

Mark, over or under 54?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 11th, 2012
12:15 pm

They could have written – Bedwetter. That would have been horrible.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 11th, 2012
12:24 pm

It
Is
FALCONS
Win
TIME

Jackets Win
Dwags Win
FALCONS will complete the weekend…….

atlfalconsfan0125

November 11th, 2012
12:29 pm

Hmm, I dont have a good feeling about this one.

Mark Bradley

November 11th, 2012
12:38 pm

I thought the Philadelphia and Dallas games were supposed to be statement games.

Adogg36

November 11th, 2012
12:38 pm

Expect a tough game today agaist dem aints.But we got to do what we got to do to earn respect from these critics. I feel dat we are going to loss one of da two games against da aints.Dey done had our# for years.Make it Shake Birds!!!

telling it like it T I is

November 11th, 2012
12:39 pm

Falcons will lose like 6 games this season …starting today

Chop It Up

November 11th, 2012
12:39 pm

Wow, Drew Brees just said the Saints own the South division and that the Falcons can do all the talking while they do all the hitting. Really can’t wait for this game to start and the Falcons blow them out.

Eric C.

November 11th, 2012
12:39 pm

I’m really disappointed to see so many Falcon fans calling for a Saints victory…where is your faith?!? Having said that, I don’t feel good about this game either :(

Hillbilly D

November 11th, 2012
12:40 pm

The Falcons will lose – but not today

Truth or the Bradley curse? We’ll know in about 4 hours.

Adrian

November 11th, 2012
12:40 pm

Don’t mind a loss. Just not to the saints. Please let’s not give those inbreds the satisfaction. I do believe we will be playing with quite the edge given last years pile on in the superdome at the end of the season

MFranklin

November 11th, 2012
12:41 pm

The S.aints will be up for this contest. In fact, every team we play while undefeated will be gunning to hand us the first loss. But the S.aints even more because if there is any team and any city that genuine hates ours, it is New Orleans. The fans will be loud and obnoxious and the guys in black and old will be feeding from that energy just as we do in our house.

If we don’t come in fully charged and ready to rock… we could get our first ugly number here.

DieHardFalconsFan!!!!

November 11th, 2012
12:42 pm

I know its a division game but we just beat a good philly D and a great dallas D. Matt ryan is gonna have a field day today! Im saying 4 touchdowns and 356 yards passing. RISE UP!!!!

Michael M.

November 11th, 2012
12:42 pm

Fox Sunday bragging on the Caints……………..can you believe it ? Nothing on the Falcons………………………………………………Drew Sleeze out there telling the Team they own this division……………..last time I noticed the Falcons own thbe whole NFL with a 8 – 0 season thus far !

I hope Atlanta comes out there and scores touchdown after touchdown on every possession and make believers out of the Sports newscasters and everyone. Rise up Falcons and clobber those Bountygaters this afternoon !

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 11th, 2012
12:42 pm

Come on MARK let me post during the Falcon game

The Biscuit

November 11th, 2012
12:43 pm

Falcon Fan since ‘66. I boil this game down to one factor. The pass rush on Brees. Brees is hugely elusive even when pressure is there. Quick side step. Duck and spin. It’s like he has a sixth sense or something. That being a given, three or four sacks, and the Falcons win. Anything less than that, at home, the man will find a way to win. He’s got the track record to prove it. GO BIRDS!!!

atlfalconsfan0125

November 11th, 2012
12:44 pm

The Saints seem to have our number in recent years, thats why im worried. But on paper this should be a cake walk for the Falcons…

The Biscuit

November 11th, 2012
12:49 pm

Wish The Spoon was playing in this one! Maybe the Beer Man can “git ‘er done”.

Clay

November 11th, 2012
12:55 pm

I also do not think the Falcons will go undefeated. I would not mind it if the Falcons lost a game or two along the way…just as long as the losses are not against the Saints or Giants, that is.

Cuz

November 11th, 2012
12:56 pm

Had any good Gumbo yet Mark?

Mark Bradley

November 11th, 2012
12:58 pm

Actually, I did have gumbo last night. Thanks for asking, Cuz.

Answer This

November 11th, 2012
12:59 pm

Time to rise up!

2 > 7

November 11th, 2012
1:01 pm

They will keep saying “THIS” would be the signature win, but after Falcons win, they will dismiss it saying: “But, they have losing record…”

Mark Bradley

November 11th, 2012
1:03 pm

The Falcons have it first. “It” being the football.

Mark Bradley

November 11th, 2012
1:04 pm

Third and 10.

Mark Bradley

November 11th, 2012
1:05 pm

And that’s a … first down.

Roddy White.

AtlNative

November 11th, 2012
1:05 pm

Roddy White bails out Michael Turner again

scfalcon

November 11th, 2012
1:05 pm

That run it up the middle play is a great idea to start the game.

Mark Bradley

November 11th, 2012
1:06 pm

And that’s an uncovered Tony Gonzalez.

Mora less Petrino

November 11th, 2012
1:06 pm

Tony G will get #100 and a 101 against this D.

Mark Bradley

November 11th, 2012
1:06 pm

And that’s first and goal.

Michael M.

November 11th, 2012
1:06 pm

Falcons moving the ball…………….need to get 7 on the first drive……………..

Cuz

November 11th, 2012
1:06 pm

Wow, what a throw.

AtlNative

November 11th, 2012
1:07 pm

Once again Turner cant pick up 1 yard…….

phil

November 11th, 2012
1:07 pm

Mark Bradley

November 11th, 2012
1:07 pm

How easy was that?

Eighty yards, 3:22.