Through no fault of their own, the Atlanta Falcons keep finding new lows to plummet through, kinda like a rhino through a pagoda.
This time it's the NFL's typically arcane policy on games that don't sell out. Specifically, the rule says that if a pre-season game doesn't put enough butts in the seat, local television stations can show it on tape delay or ruin themselves financially by buying all remaining unsold tickets and broadcasting the game live.
So as a result, MyNetworkTV affiliate WATL is showing the game at 10 p.m. EST, with the Falcons now suffering the embarrassment of running after Jaws: The Revenge, which is an affront to decent, movie-loving Americans everywhere. Further proof that for all the wonderful things it does for fans, the NFL's TV policies could use a huge overhaul.
On the plus side, after following one of the bigger bombs in movie history, the Falcons should look pretty terrific Friday night.