I grew up in a town as far west in North Carolina as a person can go. This made Atlanta the nearest city with professional sports teams. This, compacted with the fact that my family is from the Atlanta area, made me a fan of the Falcons, Braves, Hawks and, I guess, the Thrashers.
Unluckily for me, the Braves won the World Series the year I was born. Since then, Atlanta sports have enjoyed mediocrity.
The teams have not been terrible, but they have been far from excellent.
The Falcons were good this year — very good. When I watched them, I knew we had a chance to be special. But I had a lifetime of experience of Atlanta teams failing to meet expectations.
The Falcons blitzed through the playoffs, destroying their opponents.