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Man gets butt tattoo to commemorate Falcons’ blown lead against Patriots in Super Bowl LI 03.15.17 at 1:30 pm ET
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Last month, a Patriots fan made headlines when he got Tom Brady’s face tattooed on his butt to commemorate the team’s historic comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Though that’s an odd spot to put some ink, the sentiment is understandable.

The same can’t be said for an Instagram user named ““orrazib_,” who recently got a tattoo on his tush of a Fox chyron that shows the Falcons leading the Patriots 28-3 in the third quarter.

In an interview with SB Nation, the man says he went forward with the tattoo so he could stick it to Patriots fans. Huh?

“I just live in Connecticut and cant stand these Pats fans so when i tell them to kiss my ass they will be reminded that they were gettin blownout !,” he said.

That’s all well and good, but he knows the Patriots wound up winning the game, right? Also, if he wants to make the ink visible to all, the buttocks may not be the best place.

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Poll says 53 percent of Americans are rooting for Falcons over Patriots in Super Bowl 01.30.17 at 3:55 pm ET
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In these polarized times, Americans still agree on one thing: hating the Patriots.

According to Public Policy Polling, 53 percent of football fans want the Falcons to win the Super Bowl on Sunday, whereas just 27 percent are pulling for the Patriots. This number shouldn’t be a surprise, considering PPP also finds the Pats are the most disliked team in the NFL.

Despite the Patriots’ ties to President Donald Trump, political ideology didn’t appear to play a factor in the polling. The majority of Republicans (58 percent) and Democrats (54 percent) want to see New England lose Sunday.

Unsurprisingly, Tom Brady also finds himself as the least popular quarterback in the NFL. But he also enjoys his share of support. PPP finds 22 percent of football fans say Brady is their favorite QB, making him the most popular in the sport. He edges out Aaron Rodgers, who garnered 16 percent of the vote. (The Falcons’ Matt Ryan came in seventh with seven percent.)

Ever since the Deflategate scandal, the amount of venom spewed against the Patriots has only increased. The majority of football fans in the country already felt Bill Belichick was a cheater. The discovery that Brady played with illegally deflated footballs, even without hard evidence that shows any wrongdoing, only reinforces the stereotype. It takes more than just winning to create this kind of vitriol.

Though the Patriots are widely detested, they remain respected. The poll says 52 percent of respondents think they’ll win Sunday, compared to just 36 percent who believe the Falcons will be victorious. In this case, hate doesn’t override sanity.

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Falcons lose draft pick for piping in crowd noise; Browns GM suspended 4 games 03.30.15 at 2:10 pm ET
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The Falcons will forfeit a fifth-round draft pick and be fined $350,000 by the NFL for piping in crowd noise during opponents’ huddles in home games during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

The responsible party has been identified by the NFL as former Falcons director of marketing Roddy White. White has been fired by the Falcons and given an eight-game suspension by the NFL.

“The Falcons and all of our other businesses are built upon a foundation of values that drive our decision making,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “This issue was a clear failure in that regard. I apologize for any embarrassment this situation has caused the NFL, our fans, and our Falcons players and associates.”

Added Blank: “Anytime there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.”

In other NFL news, Browns GM Ray Farmer has been suspended four games by the NFL, and the team will be fined $250,000. Farmer was investigated and punished for sending texts to team personnel during games throughout the 2014 season.

“I respect the league’s decision and understand that there are consequences for my actions,” Farmer said in a statement. “Accountability is integral to what we are trying to build and as a leader I need to set the right example. I made a mistake and apologize to [owner] Jimmy Haslam, [coach] Mike Pettine, our entire organization and our fans for the ramifications. Learning is a big part of who I am and I will certainly be better from this situation.”

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Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon to miss 2014 season with ruptured Achilles 06.11.14 at 9:50 am ET
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Training camp has yet to begin, and the Falcons have once again been bit by the injury bug. And it’s once again at Sean Weatherspoon‘s expense.

The Falcons linebacker, who has been held out of organized team activities while recovering from a foot injury that sidelined him for most of last year, will miss the 2014 season after he ruptured his Achilles tendon on Tuesday. Weatherspoon suffered the injury while running under the supervision of the team’s medical staff.

Weatherspoon is expected to make a full recovery following surgery.

“During Sean’s run today with our medical staff, he suffered an injury,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement released by the team. “We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon.

“Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.”

A 2010 first-round pick out of Missouri, Weatherspoon was limited to just seven games in 2013, a year in which the Falcons went 4-12. Weatherspoon has only played one full 16-game season, 2011, in his first four years in the NFL.

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Scott Pioli named assistant GM for Falcons 01.22.14 at 11:00 am ET
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The Falcons announced Wednesday that former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was hired as assistant general manager. Pioli will start with the Falcons on Feb. 3, when his contract with NBC Sports Network and SiriusXM Radio ends.

The move reunites Pioli and Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, as the pair spent six years together with the Patriots in the 2000s.

“€œAdding a seasoned personnel executive with the track record like Scott’€™s is in line with our organizational philosophy of making investments in hiring the best people,”€ Falcons owner and chairman Arthur M. Blank said. “€œThis move was made as a result of Thomas’€™ competitive drive to build the best personnel team in the NFL, and the addition of Scott to his team certainly reflects that.”

Pioli rose from assistant director of player personnel to vice president of player personnel during his stint in New England from 2000-08, while Dimitroff was the team’s national scout in 2002 and then the director of college scouting from 2003-07.

“€œScott is one of the most respected and adept talent evaluators in the NFL and a member of three Super Bowl championship teams,”€ Dimitroff said. “We have worked together well in the past and been friends for more than 20 years. We have had the opportunity to experience a lot of success together, and I am very pleased that he has agreed to join our personnel team so we can work together again. We have made the commitment to improve every aspect of our organization this offseason, and with the addition of Scott to our personnel department, we have taken an important step to enhance our scouting staff.”

Pioli started in the pros with the Browns in 1992 as a scouting assistant. From 1993-95 he was a pro personnel assistant for Cleveland. In 1996, he was named pro personnel coordinator for the team as it moved to Baltimore. From 1997-2000 he served as the director of pro personnel for the Jets.

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Ravens using iPads in lieu of playbooks 06.06.11 at 12:45 pm ET
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Dan Pompei of NationalFootballPost.com reported Sunday that the Ravens have replaced traditional playbooks with iPads this season.

The primary advantage of iPads is security. If an iPad is lost or stolen, or an ex-player takes it with him, the team can remotely erase its contents.

Pompel wrote that this is not the only use for iPads in the NFL. The Falcons use them for pre-draft interviews. The tablets keeps a checklist of questions for each player then compiles them into paragraph form.

Pompel also wrote that with a new video-downloading program coming out for the iPad, the tablets will become even more popular with scouts.

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Fantasy Update: Roddy White, Jonathan Stewart injured 11.07.10 at 5:14 pm ET
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Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart was tackled to the field and was tended to by medical officials while on the ground. Stewart took a big hit by Saints safety Darren Sharper and fumbled before he hit the ground. Stewart was carted off the field and he will not return after suffering a head injury early in the first half against New Orleans. The injury is significant with running back DeAngelo Williams already inactive with a sprained left foot. Mike Goodson is expected to take the majority of carries for the rest of the game. Stewart has not matched the production of his past two seasons this year with only 64 carries for 178 yards rushing and one touchdown.

Roddy White limped off the field near the end of the first quarter in Sunday’€™s game against Tampa Bay.  White was tackled by two defenders while he rolled over and needed assistance leaving the field. It appears to be an injury to his left knee, but White is up on the sidelines and will likely return. White has been a valuable player this year and has even been considered an MVP candidate so far in the season. White has 54 receptions for 747 yards and five touchdowns on the season, making him a valuable target for [former Boston College] quarterback Matt Ryan. White had two catches for 18 yards before leaving the field.

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Falcons’ Thomas DeCoud injured in helmet-to-helmet collision 10.24.10 at 3:23 pm ET
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Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud was forced out of Sunday’€™s game against the Bengals after a helmet-to-hemet collision, reports ESPN. DeCoud collided with Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter. Trainers assisted the safety on the field and he was escorted to the bench. The extent of the injury is not known at the moment. There was no penalty called during the play.

The collision is especially interesting because of the recent controversy surrounding helmet-to-helmet hits. Many defensive players have insisted that the NFL’€™s new strict stance on violent hits will favor offensive players at the expense of defenses. The Falcons’€™ secondary has already been at the heart of the controversy with the fine levied on cornerback Dunta Robinson, who suffered a concussion in a collision with Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson in Week 6. Neither Robinson nor Jackson were active for Sunday’€™s games.

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DeSean Jackson and Dunta Robinson injured in Eagles-Falcons 10.17.10 at 2:59 pm ET
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Philadelphia Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson were helped off the field Sunday in the matchup between the NFC teams. Robinson delivered a hard hit to Jackson while the receiver tried to catch a pass from quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Robinson was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the hit as he hit a helpless DeSean Jackson over the middle of the field. Both players received attention on the field for several minutes until Jackson and Robinson were able to stand and return to their team’€™s locker rooms.

The Eagles later announced that Jackson would not return to the game after suffering an apparent head injury, reports Fanhouse.

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NFL carrousel spinning fast… 01.02.09 at 11:47 am ET
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The Cleveland Plain Dealer continues to stay on top of the story that has ramifications for several NFL franchises, including the Patriots. The latest is word that Browns owner Randy Lerner was very impressed with Pats personnel VP Scott Pioli AND Jets head coach Eric Mangini when both interviewed this week. Does this mean a reunion? Not so fast. Meanwhile, Pioli is most prominent on the Chiefs’ radar for their vacancy. But there may be some indecision there as the team has honored the wishes of Rich McKay to hold off until his Atlanta Falcons play in Arizona this weekend.  … Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, whose name has been considered for the coaching vacancy in Cleveland, will interview in Denver on Sunday for the job of replacing legendary coach Mike Shanahan. Then there’s potentially the biggest story of the day, as “Inside the NFL” on Showtime reported this week that the Patriots are about to place the franchise tag on Pats quarterback Matt Cassel, something we told you to watch for two days ago (See item No. 2). The move would keep him from becoming a free agent and heading south to Gang Green.

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