In case you have been lost in the world wind in which we call the first two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, the Atlanta Falcons are going to the Super Bowl. For only the second time in team history, the Falcons are NFC Champions and are set to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51 this Sunday in Houston. The city of Atlanta is electric and its fans are eager to see their team in the big game for the first time since 1998. Amidst the political turmoil our country is enduring, a winning sport franchise is just what Atlanta needed to join together ‘In Brotherhood’.
Many ATLiens attribute the Falcons success to their team mantra ‘In Brotherhood’. Second year head coach Dan Quinn coined the phrase with intentions to bring the team closer together. Coming into the season, youth in the Falcons’ defense caused many to doubt Atlanta’s chances at the winning season, much less a Super Bowl birth. Nonetheless, MVP Candidate Matt Ryan along with all-pro wide receiver Julio Jones led the Falcons’ high-powered offense and the defense jelled during the course of the season as the Falcons embraced coach “Q’s” philosophy. “The Brotherhood that these men in our locker room built has led to this moment,” said Quinn during his postgame interview following the Falcons victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. The city of Atlanta is following the lead of its most beloved franchise creating a buzz not seen since the glory days of Michael Vick.
On Friday, thousands of fans, celebrities and former players came together “In Brotherhood” to celebrate the Falcons Super Bowl birth at Atlanta’s City Hall.
Mayor Kasim Reed stood at the podium as confetti fell from the atriums ceiling while the crowd chanted “Rise Up!” As the kids would say nowadays, it was ‘LIT’. One would have thought the Falcons won the Super Bowl, as the energy in the room was exhilarating. I interviewed many fans and their belief in the Falcons chances of winning the Super Bowl was overwhelmingly positive. Atlanta resident, Kerel Gerey said, “We got to win it, I feel like we all got our hand on it… Tom Brady doesn’t want it more than the city of Atlanta.”
In addition to Friday’s pep rally, Thousands of fans gathered at Atlantic Station Sunday as the Falcons team bus got on the ‘’Road To Houston.” V103’s very own Emperor Searcy rallied up the fans on Sunday afternoon as people of all creeds lined the streets of downtown Atlanta cheering on their team.
The final game of the season will be no cakewalk as the Falcons opponent, the New England Patriots, are arguably the best franchise in the history of team sports. Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady, is making his seventh Super Bowl appearance and is looking to become the NFL’s all-time leader in Super Bowl victories with five. Despite the fact that Atlanta is facing a future Hall of Fame Quarterback and Head Coach, Atlanta believes the Falcons will ‘Rise Up’ this Sunday and be victorious in Super Bowl 51.
The buzz Super Bowl 51 is creating in and around the city cannot be ignored. You cannot go anywhere around the city without seeing someone wearing a piece of Falcons memorabilia. ‘Water cooler talk’ revolves around the Super Bowl and how Atlanta matches up with New England. The Falcons are giving everyone a break from the madness going on in today’s politics. The ‘Word on The Street’ is that the Atlanta Falcons are taking us away from the core issues that are pulling us apart, and bringing us together “In Brotherhood”.
Radio Journalist, Julien Virgin, is a staff writer for CBS Radio Atlanta.