Monday, December 18, 2006

Big Loss on Saturday Night

Despite two record-breaking performances the Atlanta Falcons fall short of the Dallas Cowboys losing 38-28. Falcons quarterback Michael Vick broke the single season rushing record for a quarterback set by Bobby Douglass in 1972. And kicker Morten Andersen became the all-time leading scorer for the NFL breaking the record set by kicker Gary Anderson. But the real story is that the Falcons could have greatly helped their chances get the wild card with a win, but instead are still on the bubble. Next week's game against the struggling Carolina Panthers will be as big as they get for the Falcons.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Falcons Still In It

After losing 4 games in a row, the Atlanta Falcons have won 2 in a row and are looking to make a push for the wild card. The Falcons continued their winning ways last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning 17-6. The Falcons held the Bucs to zero second half points and no touchdowns. That kind of defensive effort will have continue next week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Playoffs?

Can win the rest of our games?  Will we make it to the Playoffs?  Lets keep our hopes high and our chins up and continue to support our team! 

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bird Flu?

I'm looking for a pattern here. I'm just trying to get a handle on why the high-flying Atlanta Falcons have had their wings clipped two weeks in a row, and by the likes of the lowly Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns. You can talk about turnovers and penalties, but those are symptoms, not causes. Something has got Michael Vick and much of the Atlanta team looking more than a bit peaked, and we need to diagnose it soon.

For now, we need to hope that, if it's the bird flu, the Baltimore Ravens will catch it too.

Bird Flu?

I'm looking for a pattern here. I'm just trying to get a handle on why the high-flying Atlanta Falcons have had their wings clipped two weeks in a row, and by the likes of the lowly Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns. You can talk about turnovers and penalties, but those are symptoms, not causes. Something has got Michael Vick and much of the Atlanta team looking more than a bit peaked, and we need to diagnose it soon.

For now, we need to hope that, if it's the bird flu, the Baltimore Ravens will catch it too.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

KEVIN MATHIS INJURED.

Kevin Mathis will be placed on the NFL's injured reserved list according to the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons made the announcement on Monday. Mathis injured his neck during Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. His coaches expect him to make a full recovery and most likely not need surgery. Mathis was injured during the opening kickoff at Ford Field on Sunday. It must really suck to sustain an injury on the first play of a game.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Falcons to Swoop Down on Detroit

It looks like Atlanta’s Michael Vick has hit his stride, and an impressive stride it has been in the last two games. Including seven touchdowns, almost double his previous total for any two consecutive games. Tight end Alge Crumpler commented that Vick has been a driving force behind the scenes as well. “He never points fingers at anybody…and is constantly encouraging everybody.”

I like to hear that kind of stuff from star player’s teammates. After all, even though the big names probably sell a lot of tickets, football is a team sport. It can’t work any other way. Still, it’s a lot easier to be positive when you’re on a winning streak. So, Falcons, let’s go pounce on the Lions the way we just did the Cincinnati Bengals!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Like that Gershwin Tune

Who Could Ask For Anything More? Four touchdowns from Michael Vick (his career high) and an overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers! (Didn't they win the Super Bowl sometime recently?)

Two nice do-overs here: one for Morten Anderson, who got to put us over the top (41-38) with a field goal that made up for the 52-yarder that missed during regulation time. The other was for all of us who weren't satisfied with the previous meeting between the Steelers and Falcons, an overtime 34-34 tie.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

MAKE IT HAPPEN IN THE RED ZONE

Michael Vick and the gang sure need to work on converting those long drives into real scores. Six trips inside the twenty and no TD? C'mon, guys! The golden goose has laid the golden ticket for you. The Atlanta Falcons could be the best team in the league if they didn't buckle at the 20. Try getting the ball to Fred McCrary more.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Chalk Up Another Falcons Win to Our Defense

The Arizona Cardinals did manage a TD against us, but that wasn’t the fault of the Falcons’ defense. (It was a 99-yard run made by Adrian Wilson after he made an interception.) Gee, if our defense gets any more consistent, the games will start to get boring.

Not really. But, c’mon guys, there’s a way to make things a bit more exciting: when we get down close to the goal line, say, inside the 20, we might surprise our opponents and make a touch down. I mean, Morten Andersen is amazing – his tying his career record with 5 field goals in a game was to me the most impressive thing about the whole game on Sunday. But he’s going to eligible for Social Security soon, I believe, so we really, really want to find a way to score from that red zone!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Falcons' Schedule Will Challenge Michael Vick

Six of the opponents the Falcons face during 2006 will be teams that made the playoffs of 2005: the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Bucs, New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, and the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Michael and Team, please don't let this discourage you--let it motivate you! We're buying our Falcons tickets to see you and cheer you on!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Fallen Falcon in the News

I read some disturbing news last week. Former Falcon Travis Claridge died from acute pneumonia in February of this year. ESPN reports he had intoxicating levels of the oxycodone, a pain killer, in his blood when he died. They say that he died from the combo of the drugs in his system and an enlarged heart. I suppose these athletes get fed pain killers all the time for injuries and stuff and get so used to them that they take too much. I think it is sad.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2438741

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Draft rumors abound on the net.

It appears the New Orleans Saints are looking to make everyone think they are going to draft Matt Leinart. The Tennessee Titans are having trouble with the McNair situation. They have tried to stop him from working out on their property so that they will not be liable if he injures himself because they are counting on being able to rework his contract to free up some money room for spending during the draft. Do you have any NFL news to share?

Monday, March 27, 2006

Who could have known?

The Florida Gators advanced after defeating Villanova 75-62.George Mason, UCLA and LSU also have advanced making up the Final Four. My picks for the Final Four were all knocked out pretty early and Texas almost pulled it off. No one could have predicted this group of teams would be the ones to advance.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

No Falcons – Got Braves?

With football over I have turned my attention to the Atlanta Hawks. They are not doing half as well as the Falcons did this season, and I am surprised by how poor their defense is doing. Baseball season is coming though, and the Atlanta Braves have an exciting spring schedule. I think Bobby Cox has built a good team and our pitching looks like it is going to be stellar.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

They were just boys when…

The Atlanta Falcons 2005 season is being picked apart and looked at from all angles now that things have calmed down in the post-Super Bowl NFL world. I would like to see the critics consider the fact that we had a lot of rookies in our starting line-up and should be grateful for the season we had. Think of how strong those players are going to be in 2006 after their performances of 2005.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Super Bowl XL Competitors to be Determined

It was upsetting to watch the Atlanta Falcons lose three games in a row to end the season, however I am glad the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t make it to the playoffs either. This Sunday the Denver Broncos go up against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers will battle the Seattle Seahawks. I’ve bought my Super Bowl XL tickets and I know that no matter which two teams advance, it is going to be an exciting night at Ford Field in Detroit.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

An International Friend Learns Falcons Football

Klaus Alinen is a part of our international practice squad. He came here from NFL Europe as a part of the NFL’s International Player Development Practice Squad program. He really appreciates the opportunity and has grown a lot since the start of the 2005 season when he came here from Europe. Playing as the ninth man on an eight man practice squad, Alinen has learned a great many positions on both sides of the ball. His strength was on offense for the Berlin Thunder but as a Falcon he has gained more experience and depth of talent that he may not have earned playing in Europe. I am glad that the Falcons participated in this project.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Falcons End Season With Lopsided Loss

We thought we would be able to knock the Panthers out of the playoffs and end with back to back winning seasons but the Atlanta Falcons lost to Carolina 11-44 on Sunday. Injuries plagued the Falcons this year and we ended up playing a lot of our rookie players in place of the veteran starters. So now we look to the off-season for answers and to train up our 13 rookie players a bit more. The Falcons hope to make some player moves and acquisitions that will strengthen the team’s defense and offense. The Falcons will be picking fifteenth in the draft right after Philadelphia.