Is Rooting Against Atlanta Wrong?


First and foremost: Tony Gonzalez was one of the best Chiefs in franchise history and will go down as the absolute greatest tight end in NFL history ever. Everything he has done for the Chiefs over the years is greatly appreciated. He brought us all so much joy and pride over the years. He always said he wanted to finish his whole career in KC.

However, my all time favorite player Tony Gonzalez “bitched” (yeah, I said it) his way out of KC and indicated that he wanted to go to a Superbowl contender. I was surprised to hear that he OK’d the trade to Atlanta, since I believed at the time, and believe now, that Atlanta was never a serious contender for the Superbowl. Once in Atlanta, Tony immediately began gushing about how the Falcons were one of the best teams he has ever played on, and in fact said that Matt Ryan (who is currently playing lousy) was the best QB he ever played with (cue Trent Green sigh).

Atlanta started off hot and is now faltering. They are currently sitting at number two in their division with a 5-4 record behind New Orleans and their 9-0 record. I am sure that Atlanta will not win the Superbowl. (Do you think Atlanta is going to beat the Vikings, New Orleans, New England, Indianapolis or even Cincy?)

The more Atlanta loses the better second round pick we will receive. So is it wrong to root against the Falcons and Tony? Aren’t you all secretly hoping for an Atlanta collapse? Don’t you want them to miss the playoffs? I am and I do.

It is obvious to me that even if we had Tony Gonzalez on our team this year, we would still suck. I was heartbroken but ok with the trade when it happened, and now even more so. Thus, in hindsight, the trade of Tony for Atlanta’s second round pick was a very, (although bittersweet) smart move for the Chiefs, and it gets better every loss they tally. Am I Right? Who among you are looking at the box score every week hoping for that Atlanta loss? Am I the only one? Is it wrong?