ATLANTA GA - DECEMBER 27: Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith waits on the field during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on December 27 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Those of you who have been around a while know I can get pretty riled up.
I refused to come down from my soapbox for weeks after Bobby Petrino left the team. I've tossed my share of written grenades in the direction of writers and analysts, most recently Trent Dilfer for refusing to intelligently expound on his position that the Saints could beat the Falcons at home, even though he was ultimately correct. I'm not immune to anger.
But I read this gem from Pete Prisco at CBS Sports and found myself shrugging. I imagine there are plenty of you who are or will be livid after you read it, especially knowing that one of the Saints might have taken a piss on the field at the Georgia Dome. If true, it certainly tops Terrell Owens dancing on the Dallas Cowboys star, though you'd never know it by the resounding silence Remi Ayodele's statement is being met with in the national media.
Know why I don't care? Because he's probably lying, for one. Second, he's a giant hypocrite either way, because I guarantee you the Saints would get their hackles up and point to their rings if a Falcon dared to prance around at midfield at the Super Dome. Ayodele even admitted that to Prisco. Ironically, this is an example of the Saints acting like a team that hasn't been there, even though they were say....less than a year ago.
Hilariously, the media would likely rise to the occasion with a bunch of shrill condemnations of these thug Falcons in that scenario, too. The fact that they haven't for the reverse tells you how the Saints have, by simple virtue of where they play and the winning smile of their quarterback, become darlings of lazy analysts the nation over.
I was content to let this pass until I was contacted by several people who wondered why I hadn't written something, so I'll just reiterate my position: I don't care. The Saints won and some of their players showed a lack of class in their post-game celebrations. Saints fans will defend that to the death. Falcons fans and players will get pissed (ha!) and make some noise about it for a little bit, and maybe the Falcons will carry a little anger into a likely playoff matchup. None of this will stop the Falcons from beating the Panthers, or either team from going to the playoffs, or your garden variety analyst from enthusiastically loving the Saints at every turn.
Honestly, I'm tired of all the secondary stuff. We should be able to enjoy a 12-3 season without constantly worrying about which Saint is peeing on what logo, or what Roddy White is foolishly Tweeting, or what a bunch of ex-NFLers with cushy jobs at ESPN think about this team. They're going to win Sunday and get home field advantage. If you think anything but how the Falcons play on the field matters, then you're raising your blood pressure for no reason. I've spent at least half the season wringing my hands over it, but it's time to stop.
The Falcons are a damn good football team. End of story.