Storage World is proud to be a part of the Atlanta area community. We want to share the different aspects of this great city that we call home. Stay tuned for future blog posts that share information about local businesses, things to do and see around the Atlanta area and Atlanta sports teams. This week, we are focusing on the return of football with the Atlanta Falcons.
High Hopes for this season
The Atlanta Falcons will be starting their regular season games against division rivals, New Orleans Saints, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, September 8th at 1pm. It has been a rough pre-season so far, with a losing record of 0-3 with one more game to go. However, the team is looking good and could be primed to be heading to the Super Bowl. Many sports commentators are predicting that the Falcons will be in the Super Bowl this year. Last year, the Falcons fell short in the NFC title game in January 2013 to the San Francisco 49ers. It’s been 14 years since the Falcons have been to the Super Bowl. The last time that they played in one, was 1999, where they lost to the Denver Broncos. The Falcons are hoping to win their first Super Bowl championship for the franchisee this season. Under the leadership of head coach, Mike Smith, the Falcons have been in the playoffs 4 out of the last 5 seasons. They have one of the best offences in the NFL under quarterback, Matt Ryan. According to some 2013 predictions, the team could be one of the NFL’s highest scoring offensive teams. The only “soft spot” for the team is on defense, but that can be developed as the new players and additions to the team get developed.
A Bit of Falcon History
The Falcons are members of the National Football Conference South Division. The team was founded by Rankin M. Smith in 1965. The first Falcon football game was played in Atlanta Stadium (later named Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium) in 1966. Mr. Smith and his family owned the Falcon’s until 2001 when it was purchased by Arthur M. Blank, the retired chairman of Home Depot, which is also headquartered in Atlanta. Today, the Falcons play in the Georgia Dome which was built in 1992 and was featured predominately in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games. The Falcons have a strong tradition of franchise players. Some of these players have been honored with having their jersey’s hung from the rafters of the Georgia Dome. The policy is not to retire the uniforms, but honor the players in a Ring of Honor. Some former honorees includes: Deion Sanders, Tommy Nobis, Jessie Tuggle, Jeff Van Note, Steve Bartkowski and William Andres.
Storage World and Storage World on Wheels wish the Atlanta Falcons the best of luck this football season. We hope to be writing about them again in January as they make a trip through the playoffs to the Super Bowl! Go Falcons!