Published Friday, January 25, 2013
Fans of Atlanta’s professional sports teams deserve better. They deserve a championship.
Many of those fans had hoped this was the year the Atlanta Falcons would return to the Super Bowl and win it. The team went once before in 1998, but lost to the Denver Broncos. This year, the Falcons had the best regular season record in the National Football League, and fans thought this was the team’s year to win it all.
As darkness descended on the Georgia Dome Sunday evening; the Falcons’ lights went out for this season. They were stopped 10 yards short of the end zone as time was running out and lost a heart breaker to the San Francisco 49ers. Many Falcons fans have been downcast all week.
The Falcons, the Braves and the Hawks have just one championship since the teams came to Georgia in the 1960s. The Braves, who had an unprecedented 14 straight baseball division championships in the 1990s and early 2000 years, only won one World Series. The Atlanta Hawks have never played in an NBA championship series.
Right now, the Falcons may be stronger than ever before. They have great management and coaching. They need more quality players. The Braves seem intent on rebuilding the baseball team back to the glory days of yesteryear. The Hawks are in a period of transition. A new general manager may be the best in the team’s history, but the Hawks are not likely to compete for a championship in the next couple of years.
Fans of Atlanta teams have been supportive and patient. These fans are hungry. Indeed, they deserve championships.