In Response to: The Streak Continues

I was going to post this as a reply to Seth’s post below, but I think I’d rather get it on the front page.

8-8 and asking if people are still loyal Falcons fans? That is sad, and pretty indicative of what the rest of the nation thinks of Atlanta sports fans.

Sure, watching a team squander their potential and tank the season after a hot start is disappointing. But to ask if fans will still buy tickets to next year’s games? Wow.

There’s a lot of other teams out there with more loyal fans who have had to put up with a lot more than an over-rated quarterback and unimaginative play-calling. Do you think Green Bay fans are ready to abandon the Packers after they stunk it up this year? Or Saints fans after their miserable season?

Suck it up, Atlanta. Support your teams in the good times and bad times. And I would hardly call never winning two back to back seasons “the worst streak in all of professional sports”…

6 Comments so far

  1. Seth (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    To be clear, Kent, I’m asking those questions to see whether or not the perception of Atlanta sports fans matches reality.

    For the record, I’m still very much a Falcons fan (albeit a pissed off one) and I’ll likely watch all the games on TV when I can’t attend them in person.

    I really just wanted some raw reactions (much like my own) to the debackle of a season which 2005 became.

  2. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    Why is loyalty to a sports team an admirable quality?

  3. Kent (Atl Metblogs) (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    I guess for the same reason that loyalty is an admirable quality.

  4. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

    I like sports — both playing and watching. But why is my lack of loyalty to a professional sports team something to be criticized? Teams aren’t loyal to their players. Players aren’t loyal to their teams. The two primary loyalties in pro sports are to winning and money.

    Why is the sports fan — the only person in the equation who’s not making any money — why is the sports fan supposed to the loyal one? I pay for a ticket. I watch the commercials. I buy the Falcons t-shirt. I cheer at the appropriate times. I’ve done my job.

  5. ga fan (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

    well said, Andisheh. I think that a team, the owner and players must do something to inspire and keep fan loyalty, whether by keeping types of plays, team characteristics intact while building upon those core program. If not, the fans will leave.

    Unfortunately I have never been an Atlanta Falcons Fan even though I live here and watch the games. The Falcons have consistently been overrated and overhyped since about 1980.

    I do, however like Georgia Football. Go Dawgs.

  6. shoobiedoobie (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    i dont know why everyone is harping on you.

    youre right, the douche below you is wrong, and if you stop supporting the falcons after this year then you are a sports retard.

    our team is young. our team had early injuries to our free agency pickups. vick couldnt run or juke or cut as quickly this year on a bad ankle. next year we will draft safeties/o-line. then we will be back to the three-pronged run attack. then we will open more passing. then we will be unstoppable.

    and the bulldawgs suck. they choked hard. the big east rules. sec is the weakest ‘major’ conference in college sports.

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