Of all sports movies I've seen, none still resonates with me quite like the original Rocky. The Academy Award winning film depicted a fighter whose life never intended for him to be anything more than the average Joe. Yet, in the face of that, when given a chance at the biggest of opportunities - a fight against the Champ - he shines brightest. But here's the thing about Rocky - he doesn't beat the champ. Rocky does far more than anyone expected and he fought in a way that no one had seen before. His victory truly was a "moral" one.
Why do I bring this up? Because that is the light in which I see the Falcons 2012 season. The start of this season was loaded with questions and doubts about every aspect of this team. Here's the short list:
- Can Smith/Ryan win a post-season game?
- Can Ryan win on the road/outdoors/in the spotlight?
- Can Ryan throw the deep ball or lead a true pass-first offense?
- Is this really a talented team, or is Thomas Dimitroff a vastly overrated GM?