The Atlanta Falcons suffered an awful defeat in the Super Bowl. I’m not going to dwell on that, or sugarcoat it, or whatever. That’s just the reality of the situation, and we all have to move forward with that knowledge.
That loss was so crippling, though, that many have begun making judgements about the collective psyche of the Falcons fanbase, perhaps with some reason. This Yahoo! article on the most broken fanbases in the NFL does just that, and it puts the team #3 on the list.
Why, you ask?
3. Atlanta Falcons: 28-3. 28-3. 28-3. There’s no way around those numbers, and for Falcons fans, there never will be. With last year’s Super Bowl, the Falcons almost eliminated a half-century of frustration, only to fall into a deeper crevasse than ever before. You want a metaphor for Atlanta sports? The final 22 minutes of the Super Bowl sum it up nicely.Last playoff season: 2016
The two teams in front of the Falcons here are the Jets (which is pretty self-explanatory) and Washington, which has come just shy of actively pummeling their fans after they pay for their season tickets. Both are justifiable choices, but it is a little odd to see the Falcons here fresh off a Super Bowl, no matter how vicious and awful that loss may have been.
Personally, I’ve seen a ton of resilience from Falcons fans, and I don’t consider the fanbase broken. I guess we’ll see what a season of 28-3 jokes do to us, though.