Following an impressive 2008 campaign that resulted in the franchise's first playoff appearance in four years, the Atlanta Falcons were decidedly more pedestrian in 2009. Second-year quarterback Matt Ryan succumbed to the sophomore slump. Feature back Michael Turner was hurt for most of the latter part of the season. The defense was found to be rather lacking. After all was said and done, the Falcons missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
Of course, before each season, hope springs eternal and somesuch other cliches about how things can go right for nearly any NFL team under the correct set of circumstances. And, indeed, the Falcons are one of those teams that can fare very well, provided everything falls into place for them. But such calculated assessments don't do well with the ticket-buying public.
That's when you need to haul out the gospel choir to harmonize behind Samuel L. Jackson shouting messages of encouragement. YES ATLANTA WE GONNA RISE UP! I'M SAYING RISE UP! RISE UP RIGHT NOW! RISE THE HELL UP! DO THEY SPEAK FALCON IN RISE UP?
DON'T MAKE ME READ FROM EZEKIEL AGAIN! THAT'S WHAT I'M GONNA DO IF YOU DON'T RISE ON UP!
SHOOT, I EAT THE FALCON! I EAT THE HEAD! I EAT THE WINGS! I EAT THE WHOLE DANG-ON THING! DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM RISING UP!
YES THEY DESERVE TO WIN AND I HOPE THEY DO IT WELL