Falcons' Fans Tried To Crowd-Source A Billboard In New Orleans To Troll The Saints, And Somehow Managed To '28-3' Themselves
NOLA- According to an Atlanta Falcons subreddit, Falcons fans raised more than $2,000 though a GoFundMe account to place billboards in downtown New Orleans alluding to the calamitous playoff losses the New Orleans Saints have gone through the last two seasons. That money has been refunded after the organizers could not find a New Orleans company to accept their business and display the message.
The forum had users vote in a poll to select the message displayed on the billboard, which was to be placed within a half mile of the Superdome. Among the top five were, “Atlanta Weather Report: Sunday Feb. 3rd, 42 degrees, NO BREES," and “Last 2 Saint playoff scores ‘It’s a NOLA thing.’” Super Bowl LIII will take place in Atlanta on Feb. 3.
The mock-up image posted on the forum was signed at the bottom, “brought to you by Atlanta football fans.”
Among the responses from companies that rejected the billboards: “You won’t get anyone to put that board up here in NOLA and why would you want to. Drew Brees is more of a classy player than anyone in the entire league. Shame on you.”
What is this, what is this? I think I caught a glimpse of my teeth in the mirror out of the corner of my eye, but I'm too shook to double check as that sight would require a reincarnation of a smile that I was quite certain had died right alongside the NFL's integrity. This feeling, which I believe I remember as joy, is one that has lied dormant for the last week, so credit to Falcons' fans for doing the unthinkable by scraping the pan in slightly uplifting the scorched spirits of Saints' fans. The Who Dat Nation was so vulnerable to being kicked while they were down that they might as well have been on a tee, and their hated rival's failure of a fan base somehow didn't even need the loathsomeness of Lucy to Charlie Brown themselves in a form and fashion that could boost Cody Parkey's confidence.
To think that the loyalty of a New Orleans-based business could be bought with nothing more than $2,000 is a laughable underestimation of the Saints' worth to their city, and yet I'd consider contributing even a quarter to that dumb, dime-a-dozen troll job is financially irresponsible. Honestly, while being an undeniable indictment of Atlanta's interest in its own football team, everything about this sequence of events is completely and utterly sad. So much so, in fact, that - if only for a brief moment - it actually reminded Saints' fans what it's like to be happy.
The black & gold haven't exactly painted themselves as the most grounded group over the last week, as the cries of conspiracy have gotten pretty far out of hand, but at least they can take solace in the fact that they aren't the ones that could barely afford to buy a clue after their reality check bounced. As the backlash from the 'NOLA no-call' is blasted across multiple billboards in an enemy territory whose ad-space is theoretically in high demand for the next week, said enemy couldn't even 'Rise Up' enough funds for retribution...
The wound is still too fresh to focus on football, but leave it to Falcons' fans to unintentionally offer Saints' fans another reminder of how blessed they are not to root for Atlanta at a time when they needed it the most. That's the one offer New Orleans will take them up on.