2007 Falcons

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  1. Don Wassall

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    Many NFL teams keep pretty much the same racial (im)balance on their roster from season to season. Not so with the Falcons. During 2003, the last year Dan Reeves was the head coach, Atlanta had 10 white starters and 23 whites on the roster. That began changing rapidly during the Jim Mora Jr. era and is continuing under new head coach Bobby Petrino, as the Falcons begin '07 with just 4 white starters and a mere 11 white players on the 53 man roster.


    The number of white starters would be only 3 if Caste System god Michael Vick hadn't screwed up so badly that even the NFL and the corporate media couldn't save him this time around. Oh well, there's still JaMarcus and Vince to hype as the next saviors as black quarterbacks continue to be distinguished by their deficiencies and susceptibility to injury.


    Joey Harrington fared poorly on bad Lions teams after being the third overall pick of the 2002 draft and quickly became despised by drunk white fans everywhere. Harrington moved on to a bad Miami team last year and now is the starter on a bad Falcons squad whose receivers epitomize what seems to be the main qualification to be a starting WR in the NFL -- bad hands. Oh and they run bad routes, have poor concentration and alligator arms. But they can run short distances in a straight line quickly, which is enough to make the likes of Michael Jenkins and Roddy White first round draft picks.


    The former number two quarterback, Matt Schaub, was traded to Houston in the offseason. Schaub was clearly a more talented QB than Vick, but one of the rules of the Caste System is to not have gifted backups during one of those experiments when a black QB is being given half a decade or more to succeed. (See for example: Stewart, Kordell.) So Chris Redman and Casey Bramlet out of Wyoming are backing up Harrington at the only position on the Falcons other than kicker that isn't mostly or completely coal black.


    Center Todd McClure and RT Todd Weiner start on the offensive line. Tyson Clabo is the only other white o-lineman. All the tight ends and wide receivers are black.


    On defense, Keith Brooking, playing at middle linebacker this year, is the last man standing from the 2002 Atlanta defense that featured five white starters. Brooking is in his tenth season after being a first round draft pick in 1998 out of Georgia Tech.


    Backup end Josh Mallard is the only other white defensive player on the Falcons.


    NUMBER OF WHITE STARTERS: 4


    APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF WHITE PLAYERS ON 53 MAN ROSTER: 11


    GRADE: F-
     
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  3. White Shogun

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    There are all kinds of 'inexplicable' things happening around the NFL this year. Most of it appears to be a number of head coaches who have no plan, no organization, and who can't make anything but a knee-jerk decision when they run into a problem.

    I don't know much about Grady or why he was cut, and couldn't care less. I'm talking about the entire Falcons organization- letting Schaub go to avoid a quarterback controversy, then bringing in Byron Leftwich? Continuing to give Dunn the bulk of the carries with Norwood on the bench?
    Certainly seems like Petrino is giving the veterans the benefit of the doubt in the running game, anyways.
     
  4. Don Wassall

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    Warrick Dunn has been a very effective and durable runner even though he is small, but he started to slow down noticeably last season and now he's obviously washed up yet remains the starter.Dunn was at his best when utilized a lot as a receiving threat and on runs around the edge, but for some reason the Falcons just keep runningthe little guyup the middle for no gain. Stupidity, or the tendency in the NFL to play "respected" black veterans after they should retire or become backups?
     
  5. Tom Iron

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    Gentlemen,

    It's my view that the nfl is going through some real changes. They're grappling with the idea that they've got to make big changes in their player personel. They know that the blacks are out of control and they know they've got to take back control of the teams. Right now the coaching staffs are just feeling their way along. They've got to be very careful going about this. But I think the nfl establishment is finally committed to overhauling the player makeup of the league. But it's going to take some time. It's going to happen though.

    Tom Iron...
     
  6. bigunreal

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    I don't know how the NFL can continue to find new coaches who hate white players even more than the old ones, but somehow they do. Petrino proved this by his treatment of Joey Harrington alone. The notion that anyone as out of shape as Grady Jackson could be considered an "athlete" of any kind, let alone a professional one, shows clearly just how absurd the situation is. I'm still waiting for the first jock-sniffer to point out the lunacy of all the claims that "football is a year-round job- there is no off- season." Just look at these players! What kind of workouts does one do in order to maintain the kind of blubber that so many of these pigs display every time they waddle onto the field? Old-timers like Ron McDole and Dave Butz were positively chiseled in comparison to these obese clowns.
     
  7. Don Wassall

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    A recent poll by Sports Illustrated of NFL players found that 54 percent of them would let their child wear a Michael Vick jersey! The breakdown by race wasn't given, but an educated guess would be that black players were far more favorable toward Vick than white ones.
     
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    I guess I should be shocked, but such is the progress of the Caste System media. [​IMG] Pathetic!
     
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    As of this morning, the Falcons are having trouble selling out their home game this week and as of now it looks like their home game won't be televised. Usually some radio station or local tv station kicks in some money to buy the remaining tickets as a public relations move in these situations.Edited by: guest301
     
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    Falcons | Anderson signed
    Thu, 1 Nov 2007 09:51:04 -0700

    The Atlanta Falcons have announced they have signed free-agent DL Tim Anderson (Bills). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
     
  11. white is right

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    Great news for the Falcons faithful Vick II the trial of Jonathan Babineaux is over before it began. I guess the dog collar didn't fit... [​IMG] Here is the story..DA drops animal cruelty charges against Babineaux

    Associated Press

    Updated: November 7, 2007, 7:14 PM ET



    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Jonathan Babineaux expressed relief Wednesday after he was cleared of a felony animal cruelty charge that could have sent the Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle to prison.

    Jonathan Babineaux

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    "I'm just happy the whole situation is over with," Babineaux said. "It's been a long process. I've been waiting it out and it's finally over."

    Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Wednesday he dismissed the charges following an investigation of the death of a pit bull in February.

    Pat McDonough, Babineaux's attorney, said it proved Babineaux acted only in self-defense against the aggressive dog that belonged to the player's girlfriend. McDonough said Babineaux was protecting himself and his 5-month-old child.

    "This was a clear case of self-defense," McDonough said. "The dog had a history of violence. ... Jonathan and his family did everything in their power to make this dog part of their family."

    McDonough said the dog had been neutered, placed on Prozac, sent to a dog trainer and kept on a leash.

    Porter said his office's investigation confirmed the dog's history of unprovoked attacks.

    "There is not enough evidence to exclude every reasonable hypothesis other than the guilt of the accused," Porter said in a statement.

    McDonough gave details of how Babineaux was advised by a dog trainer to spin the dog on a leash when it became aggressive.

    "You pull the chain taut and then you spin in a circle," McDonough said. "It's supposed to disorient the dog a little bit, which then allows you to gain control and protect yourself or protect your family or whoever is in danger."

    After the charges, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it sent a letter to Falcons owner Arthur Blank asking that Babineaux be suspended.

    "I don't think anybody is more relieved than Jonathan," McDonough said. "Literally the district attorney was looking at prison time for a case like this. ... People really had convicted him before they had all the facts."

    The Falcons have been involved in the more publicized case of quarterback Michael Vick, who faces sentencing in December after his guilty plea on federal dogfighting charges. Vick has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

    "I'm sure there was a lot of pressure on the Atlanta Falcons to disassociate themselves with someone like Jonathan, but they stood by him until the truth was able to come out," McDonough said.

    PETA didn't back off its criticism of Babineaux on Wednesday.

    "The fact that a dog died at Babineaux's hands is further proof that the NFL must address the issue of cruelty to animals with the entire league," PETA spokesman Dan Shannon said in a statement.

    "No matter the circumstance, a grown man who beats an animal a fraction of his size to death clearly has no concept of humane treatment of animals or self-control."

    Gwinnett County Police arrested Babineaux on Feb. 19 after Blair Anderson said she and Babineaux argued at their home. She said she went to the movies, and when she returned, she found the year-and-a-half-old dog named Kilo in "severe physical distress."

    Following the arrest, police said Babineaux's account of what happened was inconsistent with information provided by the animal hospital about the dog's injuries.

    Said Babineaux on Wednesday: "The main thing is my name is cleared from the whole ordeal. That's where I'm at right now. I'm just happy this whole thing is over."

    Falcons coach Bobby Petrino also expressed relief.

    "He's a first-class young man who has been great since I've been here and I'm just really happy for him," Petrino said.

    Babineaux is in his third season with the Falcons. He has played in six games this season, including three starts, and has 16 tackles and two sacks.

    Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
     
  12. ToughJ.Riggins

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    Yet another validation of my smarts for having no desire to own a Pit Bull. Especially with people with young children, if they are smart they will have no part of these dogs! Their breed was breed for nastiness. I don't buy the theory that only inbreed pit bulls are dangerous, they are a breed of dog that is prone to snapping with anger. I find a lot of messed up individuals own pit bulls!Edited by: ToughJ.Riggins
     
  13. REDNOSE

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    Now, now..

    No caste"ing" of the pits. Overall a very loyal breed bred for dogfighting and are not the maneaters they are portrayed as in the news. I'm not involved in the sport but know that if one of the dogs ever bit a person, they would be looked on as useless. They would imediately be "culled" because no handler would trust a man aggressive dog in the pit. Would you?
     
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    Utter nonsense. Why do you fill this board with such nasty, mean spirited, bigoted statements? I'll have you know that some of the friendliest dogs I've evermet were Pit Bulls. Shelties, Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, and Pit Bulls are all canines. All characteristics between breeds are superficial, artificial constructs, fostered by evil breeders wishing to promote one over another for gain. I am not concerned about the many stories recounted of the vicious aspects of Pit Bulls. In my personal experience, they have always wagged their tails and loved to play fetch with sticks and tennis balls. By the way, one of my neighbors has a terrifying Yellow Lab. So don't tell me about stereotypes. Statistics be damned! It is NURTURE...not nature. I'm surprised at you, really.
     
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    Well, if they were selectively breed for being the fiercest of guard dogs and for dog fighting matches; common sense would tell you that a nasty streak could become a genetic characteristic. Of course it could also be taught from mother dog to puppy/master to puppy; nurture. I didn't say that all pit bull owners were nuts, I just think there are better choices of dogs. And don't call me a bigot; that would be you of course! [​IMG] Oh I get it, you were being sarcastic/cynical. Satire for my posting history [​IMG] Edited by: ToughJ.Riggins
     
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    Classic!! [​IMG]
     
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    that is some brilliant sarcasm. [​IMG]

    i tell you, sometimes you guys get waaaaaay too serious. it's nice to have a little levity on occasion. [​IMG]
     
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    I'd have to admit even though he was giving me a hard time it did make me laugh a little, especially the second time I read it! [​IMG] You gotta have a sense of humor.
     
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    On the subject of pit bulls, I had relatives who had a couple really nice ones, but personally I wouldn't own one. I wouldn't own a Rotwieller or a Doberman either. I like Walker hounds a lot. Those are some strong dogs, and great for coon hunting!
     
  20. Don Wassall

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    The Falcons released Alge Crumpler and Byron Leftwich, among others. Keith Brooking may also be cut, but hasn't been as of yet.


    Leftwich is probably done in the NFL except maybe as a backup. Going into last season there were still plenty of media "experts" and drunk white fans who thought he was yetgoing to be a star.


    Crumpler and his hands of stone were always over-rated. He made it to4 Pro Bowls, thanks mostly to his melanin advantage and the fact that Michael Vick was incapable of hitting wide receivers except on rare occasions, thus making Crumpler by default the only receiving threat during Dog Fighter's reign. Edited by: Don Wassall
     
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    Everyone they got rid of today was a black guy. Maybe that bodes well for Whites. Sure hope so.

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    Wow, I for one have a hard time believing they cut Leftwich. I wonder if they're planning on bringing someone else in or if they're happy with Chris Redman?
     
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    They still have Joey Harrington too. He's yet to distinguish himself, though he's always played onvery bad teams.
     
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    That's true, Don, I didn't even think about Joey Harrington. I guess he was a 'non-starter' in my mind anyway. Long way to go til the season starts though, I sort of expect them to jettison Joey , too. Never thought I'd see the day when Joey Harrington gets to keep a job on a team that cuts a black quarterback. Edited by: White Shogun
     
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    The media has always been very kind to Leftwich as they were with Vick. We questioned their abilities, but the mainstream press championed them until both fell out of favor.Contrast their treatment to that of Eli Manning, who has always been pilloried. A few days ago I read an article at Yahoo, which made me laugh..The title was, "Is Eli overrated?" He just led his team to an improbable SB victoy, and he is still being discredited. I don't remember any geek writersasking if Vick, or Leftwich were overrated.
     

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