There’s no need for me to fib and say “I’ve been a fan of the Atlanta Falcons since they came here in 1966.”
That phrase has been spoken several times in recent days on Atlanta sports radio and, truth be told, only a fraction of the “fans” saying it are telling the truth. Many fans, like myself, weren’t even born in 1966 when the Smith family brought the team to Atlanta.
My earliest memory is 1978, when as a seven-year-old, I recall the Falcons making the playoffs and falling to the mighty Dallas Cowboys, of Tom Landy and Roger Stabauch fame. I vaguely remember my father being upset as the Falcons had a legitimate chance of winning the divisional playoff game after outplaying the Cowboys in the first half. Alas, it was not to be.
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