It was a very disappointing year for being an Atlanta Falcon fan. I know, not exactly something that is a new development, but nonetheless, there is some sense of a feeling that this franchise is cursed. I imagine the heartache that a long-time Falcon fan feels is much greater than mine, since I’ve only been a fan since I was about eight years old (circa 1991). For guys that have been fans since the 60s, 70s, and 80s, it must be much worse.
For the first time in franchise history the Falcons looked like they would go the route of the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox and “reverse the curse.” At the midway point when we were 6-2, and with “cupcakes” like Green Bay, Detroit, and New Orleans left on the schedule, and the unlikely chance that we would get swept by both the Panthers and Bucs, it was unimaginable that the team would not go to 9-7 and end that hideous streak.
Alas, it was not meant to be. I’m not here to cite the variety of reasons why I think the team failed, because they did. And it might just boil down to the team wasn’t good enough. And now us loyal Falcon fans are forced to wait another two years in hopes that the streak will be broken, and finally we can truly say that we are seeing the beginning of a new era of Falcons football.