New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons Rivalry: True Happiness Is Hating This Much

September 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

(Best of Randy) Halloween, 2009
Hatred strikes me as one of the few signs of life remaining in the world. This is another thing about the world which is upside-down: all the friendly and likable people seem dead to me; only the haters seem alive.
Walker Percy  
Any Saints fan 40-plus remembers when they became a Falcon hater like it was yesterday.
It was Nov. 12, 1978, when New Orleans Saints fans discovered the kind of true happiness that only the hatred of a bitter rival can produce.
With the Saints still in playoff contention on that fall afternoon 31 years ago, Archie Manning and a stubborn defense held the Steve Bartkowski-led Atlanta Falcons at bay for 59 minutes.
The Falcons had closed the gap to 17-13 on a Hascal Stanback touchdown run with 57 seconds to go. Then, the Saints took over presumably to run out the clock.
Legendary Saints radio Voice Wayne Mack , a Chicago native, had the call:
"With this big win, the f...

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