I'm optimistic by nature, so it's hard for me to even consider the possibility that, in my lifetime, the Falcons could never win a Super Bowl. In the five years leading up to the 2013 season it felt like the team was on a trajectory that could only culminate in a Lombardi trophy. This past season was a reality check. The team has a lot of deficiencies to address to compete at the highest level in the NFL.
The Falcons are one of 13 teams who have never won a Super Bowl. The Seahawks were the 14th team on that list, but obviously removed themselves from that distinction with their recent Super Bowl win over Denver. Since the advent of the Super Bowl, the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans join the Falcons in never having won a Super Bowl.
At least the Falcons have been to a Super Bowl. The Browns, Jaguars, Lions, and Texans have never even made it to a Super Bowl. Or maybe it's worse to be a Bills or Vikings fan, having seen your team get to the Super Bowl, yet remain winless in the ultimate game.
For me, this is an easy call. I love this team, and I can't imagine rooting for anyone else. I also love the game, so I wouldn't even consider giving up football altogether. I would stick with supporting the Falcons regardless. It might even take a little of the stress out of game days if I knew the outcomes really didn't matter in the long run.
What if you had the advantage of knowing right now that the Falcons will never win a Super Bowl? Would you still root for them, or would you choose another team or give up the NFL altogether?