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Falcons Fans Root Against Heartwarming Tales

Trying to think of what was the weirdest part of the last two hours of my life.

1) The fact that the Falcons' official team Web site lists the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of fans from across the country.

2) The fact that I decided to call a bunch of these random fans and ask them if they felt guilty for rooting against the most heartwarming story in sports today, the story that has been beaten over my head so many times today that I can't help but cry tears of black and gold.

3) The fact that I called about 30 fans and got about 27 wrong numbers. (Falcons PR people, if you're going to go ahead and let your fans post all that personal information on your Web site, can't you at least make sure that it's up-to-date?)

4) The fact that person No. 27 I called was also a wrong number, but happened also to be a Falcons fan. That's just weird, right? Random blogger calls random person and asks if she's a Falcons fan, explaining that he got her information from the Falcons' Web site, before learning that she's never posted her personal information on the Falcons' Web site but that she is, indeed, a Falcons fan.

Anyhow, the consensus from the fans is that yeah, they sort of see why all of America will be rooting for the Saints tonight and possibly getting tattoos of the fleur-de-lis on inappropriate parts of their body, but no, they still won't feel a tinge of regret as they bobble their Mike Vick bobbleheads and do the Dirty Bird. (One of the guys I talked to actually told me he had 5 or 6 Mike Vick bobbleheads out as we spoke.)

2006 Howard graduate Shaun Carter of Georgia: "Don't get it twisted: Atlanta Falcons fans want to win. I don't think anyone wants to blow 'em out, because we still feel bad. We don't want to hurt the fans, we don't want them to be disappointed, but we still want to win. We're trying to go to the Super Bowl this year; we can't afford losses to New Orleans. They're our rivals; we don't give them nothing. Give them the money to build the Superdome, that's all they need; we don't need to give them no W's."

Dawn Waller of Ashburn: "You get paid millions of dollars to play a childhood game, may the best team win. That's it for me. I'm glad they're finally home, but hey, if you deserve to win that's great, and if you don't, sorry for you."

Mike Bonelli of Mechanicsville: "I feel for 'em, but no, I can't root against my Falcons. I do feel for 'em, but nah. We've had so many bad years that I look forward to any good season or any winning season we can have. We feel sorry for the Saints fans, we hope the game goes well for them."

Jimmy Nuccini of Connecticut: "I know everybody in America is probably going to be rooting for the Saints; it doesn't bother me. I'm still a Falcons fan. It's sports. I mean, I know it's sad about the whole Hurricane Katrina thing, and it's their comeback, but I'm a Falcons fan and they're there to win the game. That's kind of how I feel."

(Personally, I'll be pulling hard for the Saints, since a New Orleans win earns me a sixer of Clipper City's Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2006; 5:56 PM ET
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I still feel badly that the Saints had to play a "home game" in New York against the Giants last year. How ridiculous was that? So the Giants get nine games, in essence, and take the NFC East by a game despite having a lesser record in the division than the Redskins. Think that extra home game helped them reach 11 wins?

Posted by: Colin | September 25, 2006 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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