Live from Falcons versus Saints: Welcome to the Egg Bowl!

The winner of tonight's game gets this handsome egg trophy. (AP photo)

Borrowing a Mississippi custom, the winner of tonight's game gets a handsome egg trophy. (AP photo)

By now, you’ve heard that some workers at Hartsfield-Jackson greeted the arrival of the New Orleans Saints by pelting a team bus with eggs. What the humorless Saints apparently failed to grasp was that the throwing of eggs is an Atlanta welcoming tradition. Like draping a lei around an arriving tourist is in Hawaii. Or like tossing beads is during Mardi Gras.

Wait a second. Scratch that last one.

As if this rivalry of Big Ben Right and Drew Brees rubbing it in needed more fuel, the egg toss surely supplied it. These teams, as you know, despise one another. The Falcons hate the Saints because the Saints keep beating them and laughing about it. The Saints hate the Falcons because the Falcons never seem to get the yolk … er, joke. (And also because of Roddy White. Don’t forget Roddy White.)

Cold numbers in a heated series: The Saints have won 11 of the past 13 games against the Falcons and seven of nine since the advent of Dimitroff/Smith/Ryan. Yes, it’s getting old. Yes, it’s time for the Falcons to beat this team, which on the record isn’t all that good. Yes, I believe it will happen tonight.

And with that, the figurative floor is again open. I’ll be here to watch, comment and toss out the ceremonial first egg. I invite you to join me, and I promise to do my best to see that all of y’all have an eggcellent time.

By Mark Bradley

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Sonny Clusters

November 29th, 2012
8:00 pm

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2012
8:00 pm

falconsrus

November 29th, 2012
8:04 pm

Hey MB GO BIRDS

Hillbilly D

November 29th, 2012
8:04 pm

This blog ought to more lively than the tent show at the county fair, tonight.

Hillbilly D

November 29th, 2012
8:04 pm

This thing is eating my posts already?

Sonny Clusters

November 29th, 2012
8:06 pm

Let’s hope Mr Blank’s wearing his egg-proof coat tonight. This is eggzactly the kind of behavior that makes Atlanta fans get bad press like when they threw stuff on Turner Field during the play-in game. Everybody knows how sophisticated the fans are in rival cities like New Orleans and Philadelphia where all they do is cheer and sing kumbaya.

Sonny Clusters

November 29th, 2012
8:10 pm

Mystery solved. WSB has been wondering what that woman was tossing over the fence to the airport worker . . . and now we know it was eggs!

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2012
8:11 pm

Sorry, Hillbilly. I’ve tried to tweak the filters, but nothing I do seems to help. I have no idea why your post got caught

Lil' Barry Bailout

November 29th, 2012
8:11 pm

I don’t know how the Falcons overcome their lack of a pass rush and inability to stop the Saints run game.

Saints 31-17.

Eric C.

November 29th, 2012
8:12 pm

Well, if the Saints win…the Falcons will still have the #1 NFC seed.

falconsrus

November 29th, 2012
8:13 pm

Tony G says it starts tonight

Eric C.

November 29th, 2012
8:13 pm

Lil’ Barry Bailout…Weatherspoon is back in case you haven’t noticed.

Never First, Just the Best!

November 29th, 2012
8:14 pm

Were they at least free range eggs?…lol

AndrewRiggs

November 29th, 2012
8:14 pm

Wow..anyone catch Drew Brees little speech..”this is our division, we know it, they know it”.

Never First, Just the Best!

November 29th, 2012
8:15 pm

I bet they searched eveyone at the game for eggs befroe they got in.

Lil' Barry Bailout

November 29th, 2012
8:16 pm

Fair point, Eric C. I haven’t heard about Samuels…is he playing tonight?

Big Crimson 75

November 29th, 2012
8:16 pm

We are going to stomp the Saints!!!
I’m expecting the most impressive Falcons performance of the year tonight.
Go Falcons!!

Eric C.

November 29th, 2012
8:17 pm

I wish Aaron Brooks was still QB…Brees never quits

Hillbilly D

November 29th, 2012
8:17 pm

MB @ 8:11

It’s a good thing I ain’t paranoid. :-D

Lil' Barry Bailout

November 29th, 2012
8:18 pm

Is Samuels playing tonight? Could be a problem if not.

Lil' Barry Bailout

November 29th, 2012
8:18 pm

OK, now my posts aren’t going through.

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2012
8:19 pm

Asante Samuel is active.

Todd grantham

November 29th, 2012
8:19 pm

So Mark, should the Falcons lose will you have egg on your face?

Draggin Fly

November 29th, 2012
8:20 pm

Someone needs to tell Brees you don’t own a division with a losing record.

bnakka

November 29th, 2012
8:20 pm

Falcons were just trying to hand the Saints some eggs so we can put it on them on the field that’s all, some just happened to fall on the bus…..

Never First, Just the Best!

November 29th, 2012
8:20 pm

Wow the game cane on at 8pm and they are going to have another 30min pre game show. What the hell was the 6pm to 8pm pre game for? It’s almost like the UGA pre game on the radio starting at 9am for a 12pm kick off. Wasted time.

Eric C.

November 29th, 2012
8:20 pm

Lil’ Barry Bailout…there is a reason for that

Jimmy Crack

November 29th, 2012
8:20 pm

Brees is this whole team. Without him they might make 5-11 with all the talent. But he’s the guy and he’s worth every penny they paid him. That’s why I hate him.

Todd grantham

November 29th, 2012
8:21 pm

Possible post game title for column: Falcons lay an egg.

bnakka

November 29th, 2012
8:21 pm

Asante Samuel can be active so he can get whiffed while Ivory coasts by him, make sure Dunta is also waiting for another stiff arm….

The Ceiling Fan

November 29th, 2012
8:21 pm

Saints sweep the series, giving the Falcons their second loss. There will be lots of long, sad faces, and hurt feelings on the ole MARTA train tonight!

The Ceiling Fan

Jimmy

November 29th, 2012
8:21 pm

Let’s go birds!

Big Crimson 75

November 29th, 2012
8:21 pm

Haha.
I forgot just how awful Aaron Brooks was!!

bnakka

November 29th, 2012
8:21 pm

@Todd grantham: LMAO that was funny…..

Jimmy

November 29th, 2012
8:22 pm

Let’s slap Brees mouth shut.

Todd grantham

November 29th, 2012
8:22 pm

Mark, which came first, the Saint or the Egg?

Jimmy

November 29th, 2012
8:24 pm

What is this? Comedy hour? Amateur comedy hour?

Your Comment is awaiting moderation

November 29th, 2012
8:24 pm

If Matt Ryan can’t get it done with this loaded offense, he never will.

Todd grantham

November 29th, 2012
8:24 pm

Some folks believe I’m eggcentic. But my noodle is perfectly clear.

Never First, Just the Best!

November 29th, 2012
8:24 pm

If your not talking about the game and just trashing you might get your post blocked tonight …Hmmmm?

bnakka

November 29th, 2012
8:25 pm

Yeah lets try playing the game first before trying to shut Brees mouth..

Jimmy

November 29th, 2012
8:26 pm

bnakka,

Actually, that’s what I was sayin’!

North ave. faithful

November 29th, 2012
8:27 pm

Please beat that miserable bunch of cheaters.

Never First, Just the Best!

November 29th, 2012
8:27 pm

Who wrote that lame song?

Todd grantham

November 29th, 2012
8:27 pm

The Eggand I (1947). Funny movie with Fred MacMurray.

Jimmy

November 29th, 2012
8:27 pm

I’ll tell you…I’d much rather see Faith Hill in the games opening than the big guy.
Geeze

Mark Bradley

November 29th, 2012
8:28 pm

I don’t want to egg anybody on … but the Dome is wired tonight.

Never First, Just the Best!

November 29th, 2012
8:28 pm

Falcons v.s Texans Super Bowl! UGA nat Champs! Braves and Hawks …..Well Can’t have it all …lol

Draggin Fly

November 29th, 2012
8:28 pm

Ceelo looks like an egg.

bnakka

November 29th, 2012
8:29 pm

That’s one thing we will agree tonite Jimmy…. Cee lo’s rendition of “Lets go” is horrible.