One of the countless clichés in sports goes something like this. “When you win, act like you’ve done it before.” The Atlanta Falcons are clearly not familiar with this adage.
In the week leading up to Atlanta’s game against the New Orleans Saints, Falcons WR Roddy White made a foolish statement that served no purpose. Actually, it served the purpose of angering the citizens of New Orleans and Saints’ players. To paraphrase White, he said he hates everything about New Orleans except the food.
Well, I certainly thought the Saints’ 31-27 win would have taught Roddy White a measure of humility and respect, but I was wrong. After the game, White said the Saints didn’t win the game, Atlanta gave it away. Someone should remind Roddy White not to run his mouth because New Orleans will face Atlanta again this season.
There is always bad blood when a player leaves his team as a free agent. Fans feel betrayed and the player appears to be only interested in money. Carl Nicks voiced his displeasure with the Saints in the week leading up to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game versus New Orleans. But at least the Saints didn’t mess with Nicks in pregame warm ups.
I was shocked when I heard what the Falcons did to Curtis Lofton before the game. According to LB Scott Shanle, several Atlanta players broke into the Saints’ pregame drills to verbally assault Lofton. Worse yet, when Falcons’ coaches realized what was happening, they did nothing to stop it.
What the Falcons’ behavior before and after the game tells me is that they know nothing about being a champion. Winning eight games does not guarantee a Super Bowl victory. Everyone knows that the classless behavior displayed by Atlanta to New Orleans does nothing but incite the opposition.
If the Falcons want to reach the next level, they need to start beating their main division rival and winning a few playoff games. Unlike New Orleans, the Falcons do not have a “pedigree” of winning and their actions this past week show why. Thanks to the Falcons’ classless behavior, the Saints are already motivated to destroy Atlanta again.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of the New Orleans Saints. Patrick’s favorite Saints season was 2009 when New Orleans won Super Bowl 44. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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