Atlanta Falcons Fans Learning to Enjoy Critics' Silence

Frank SpartiCorrespondent IIOctober 23, 2012

Falcon's Fans Unite!
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Perhaps it is too early to expect the Atlanta Falcons to be dubbed "America's Team".

However, they have been winning consistently for a few years, with only a small fraction of the airtime lavished upon the Dallas Cowboys.

I am not into conspiracy theories, so I will just continue to enjoy the small victories. And I am not referring to the defeat of the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning.

Still, Peyton is at the helm of a team at .500, and yet the media still gets breathless and aflutter over his every move.

On NFL network, former New Orleans Saints fullback Heath Evans said he hated the Falcons during a broadcast last year. This year he has gone silent on the matter.

Earlier this year I met a man in Dalton, Georgia that sells reclaimed "treasures," and in his warehouse he had poster-sized photographs of himself at a Falcons game. I couldn't resist talking to him about the team, and he told me that he was the longest season ticket holder in Atlanta and hasn't missed a game in decades.

There is no telling the sweet victory he is experiencing with the team's current success.

The only thing I can be sure of is that he is not hearing about it on the television.

When the Falcons became the last undefeated team in the league, I figured that the parade and bandwagon couldn't be far behind.

No, the Birds were quietly named the best team in the league, but only temporarily.

Surely, Tom Brady and the New England Patriot's would show up and save the day. Maybe the Chicago Bears' defense will single-handedly win the super bowl.

There must be someone out there, perhaps the Texans and Matt Schaub. You know, the quarterback that used to be the backup in Atlanta. Well, let's not talk about that.

I talk with Falcons fans everywhere, and they are now learning how to be happy. They don't even get miffed at the lack of recognition.

I like hearing good things about my team as much as any fan out there. I have to depend on friends and strangers that speak up while tailgating, or at a local pub or party.

No one could be sustained by the meager crumbs given us by the national media when it comes to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons!

All of us fans will have to be happy with the deafening silence of the critics.

I can already predict the outbursts if a game is lost.

That's when I will sit back and smile with the knowledge that this year the Falcons will gain respect in the playoffs.