January 2nd, 2009 15:16 EST
Who would have thunk that the Atlanta Falcons professional football team would be able to field a competitive football team this year after the disastrous mess that befell the franchise in 2007?
Just over one year ago, on December 10, 2007 to be exact, Michael Vick, Atlanta`s superstar quarterback was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison for staging canine mutilations and slaughters for the entertainment of red-neck southerners too fat and dumb for respectable girls to date on Saturday nights.
As armed guards hauled the once invincible, but now handcuffed, Vick off to prison, betting folks calculated that the Atlanta Falcons would need five years, or more, to recover from the loss of their dog-abusing star.
Yet, despite all of the gloom and doom forecast by sports pundits, these Falcons, sans the dog killer, have finished the 2008-2009 season by making the NFL playoffs as a wild card entry.
Which means that while Michael Vick continues to cool his heels in prison, his teammates are headed to Phoenix, Arizona for round one of the road to the Super Bowl against the Arizona Cardinals.
The good fortune of the Atlanta franchise can be attributed to a number of positive developments this year, none greater than the performance by NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Matt Ryan. (1)
Ryan spearheaded he Falcons` remarkable turnaround and in the process caused Atlanta and its fans to ask, "Vick Who?", and "Who Says White Boys Can`t Jump?"