Rise Up: Why the Atlanta Falcons Are Now the NFL’s Model Franchise

November 11, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Falcons dress up in their 1966 replica uniforms tomorrow night as they play a huge game against the vaunted Baltimore Ravens. How ironic would it be if the new and improved Falcons could be making one of the biggest statements in team history, in front of a national audience, wearing the uniform that hung upon the bodies of one of the more shamed teams in sports history?
Since the beginning—back in 1966—the Atlanta Falcons franchise has been a bottom dweller, finishing countless seasons with losing records and committing embarrassing plays on a way-too-regular basis. Heck, their first-ever kickoff was literally missed; the kicker missed the ball.
Would time heal the Falcons? You tell me. They never had back-to-back winning seasons in the 20th century. They made one Super Bowl appearance, in 1999, where they were dismantled by the Denver Broncos.
And, of course, their inconsistency following that Super Bowl run pretty much took all just...

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