Throwback – Atlanta Falcons

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After the Coca-Cola museum, but a few years before the 1996 Summer Olympics, Deion Sanders was the star attraction of Atlanta.  The Falcons finally got media attention on them thanks to Neon Deion.   Flamboyant would be the conservative way to describe the Neon Deion persona off the field.  On the field, flamboyant would be one way to describe his play style.  He would volunteer to defend against the legendary Jerry Rice.    The high stepping was to slow his incredible acceleration as he clearly made a run for yet another touchdown.  Yes, he slowed down for his burned defenders.

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Throwback – Carolina Panthers

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I will hold my San Francisco 49ers responsible for taking the wind off of the Carolina Panthers’ sails.  Head coach George Seifert was hired from the 49ers to Carolina in 1998 to try to improve the Panthers’ terrible record.  I’m afraid the 49ers sucked out all of the playoff energy from Seifert and other free agents that played with the 49ers before signing with the Panthers.  He helped drive a young, competitive team to a young, dysfunctional team.  Continue reading

Throwback – New Orleans Saints

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The dark period of the ‘Aints had a few moments of light.  From 1971 to 1982 the Saints had Archie Manning at quarterback.  This generation might know him as the father of Cooper Manning (The Best That Never Was), Peyton Manning (Monsieur Fivehead) and Eli Manning (Is It Clutch Time).  Archie was an extremely talented quarterback stuck in an extremely terrible football team.  Archie was smart, athletic, and wasn’t afraid to go outside the pocket or scramble to make plays or score.  I believe that’s what you would call a Mobile Quarterback in modern sports writing lingo.   He was ahead of his time.  It makes you wonder what kind of stats Archie would put up if he was in today’s NFL (behind a competitive Saints offensive line).

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Throwback – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Bo Jackson, one of the greatest athletes in the 20th Century, was a prime 1986 draft pick and the Buccaneers had the #1 draft position.  Hugh Culverhouse, owner of the Buccaneers at the time, took Bo on a private jet to visit the facilities and show Bo around.  The use of the private jet violated NCAA policies, which made Bo ineligible to play baseball for the rest of his senior year at Auburn.

Bo was devastated.  He loved both football and baseball.  He felt Hugh was forcing him to sign with the Bucs by ending all chances of playing baseball in college.  Bo swore to never sign with the Bucs.  He played professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals instead.

[There will be more on the greatness of Bo Jackson when I cover the Los Angeles Raiders eye shadow play.]

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Welcome back to Tampa Bay, Lovie Smith.  Things haven’t been going well for the Buccaneers this season.  Let’s just say something is wrong when your season is being compared to the Cleveland Browns’s season.  Anything would be an upgrade.  I look forward to news from Florida about your crazy defensive schemes and how your roster can’t keep up with your demands.  Also stupid spin stories that you can’t win championships even with your defense oriented play calling.

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Carolina Panthers

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Congratulations to the Panthers for securing the #2 NFC seed in this year’s playoffs.  I honestly did not expect them to do so well. I think once Cam Newton (Panther’s QB) changed the towel position from emo hoodie to superhero cape things really started going the Panthers’ way.  I like Cam, but he did needed that bad streak and bad press from all of last year.  How do you know how good your high points are without some low points?  I still can’t shake the idea that the Panthers are an expansion team, even if they were inaugurated in 1993.  Should my Niners not make the first round War Eagle I mean go Panthers.

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New Orleans Saints

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I grew up when the Saints were bad.  So bad they were the “Ain’t”s.  So bad that the handful of fans in the Superdome wore paper bags on their heads whenever they got on TV.  Just when I thought Hurricane Katrina ruined NOLA for good, the voodoo deities declared that this is the washing of all previous sins by the Ain’t-s.  A Superbowl win, crazy video game offense, and a defense that couldn’t possibly go wrong.  Well, the defense did go wrong.  I don’t like to call them bounties, more like employee incentives for ESPN top 10 worthy clips and ending opponents’ careers.   I mean, hard hits are awesome in video games.  Might as well make it real, right?  I still call this crew the Saints.  Drew Breesus is enough proof the Saints are still blessed (or covered in voodoo gris-gris).

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Atlanta Falcons

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Mike Smith, the Falcons head coach, is a master of not meeting expectations.  Smitty’s tenure has lead to consistent playoff runs.  He got future football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez to play his last years with the Falcons.  (Tony needs to be like a 4th string in some team that wins the Superbowl.  Or become an assistant coach in a team that wins the Superbowl.  He deserves a Superbowl ring before Canton calls him up.)  Yet bad calls, Matty Ice (Falcons QB) losing his cool, and opposing teams with way more momentum in combination have made each playoff run fall short.  Even though the Falcons are in my division, I root for them.  Most of the time they are the team that coaches and plays right.  If nothing else, Atlanta needs to be great again so we can see the Dirty Bird rise again.


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