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We've got spirit, yes we...maybe do?

POSTED: January 4, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Well, folks. That most glorious season of the year is coming to a swift end.

No, I don't mean the Christmas shopping rush or the New Year's...whatever is special about New Year's.

No, I mean football season. High School football is over but the crying, as they say.

College football is finishing up with bowl games, including the big championship game tomorrow night with Auburn and Florida State.

The big guys making the big money have just a few more weeks, if they're lucky, to earn a title and a paycheck bonus.

So where does that leave us? Like most of us did with our lives on New Year's Day (is that all it's for?), a lot of football teams are left to analyze what their season was all about and where they go from here. Some teams may realize that they are just a few pieces shy of doing something special.

Some teams may realize that they are just a few pieces shy of being a little less bad than they are right now.

I have always said that I am an avid Georgia fan, and I will not deny that for one minute. I am also a fan of the Atlanta Falcons, although not to the same degree, admittedly.

I heard a lot of Falcons fans in the last few months (it started really early this year, guys) saying that we should stop trying to win in order to gain a better draft pick. Yes, the Falcons could really use some help, especially along the offensive and defensive lines, but is that worth sacrificing a single game? Or 10?

This Falcons season saw the ending of one of the greatest players of all time with Tony Gonzalez. My hat's off to you, Mr. Gonzalez, although I doubt you'll be reading this. Do you think he wanted to leave a single game thinking he could have done more to win?

I will never understand why fans want their team to play with no pride and with no effort for the sake of a better draft pick. Sure, it's good to think about the future, but I still believe that the more we win now will help us win in the future, and that goes for any team.

You never want a team to forget what it's like to win. This Falcons team has gotten used to winning unlike any previous edition of the Falcons. There were some bad stretches. Until Matt Ryan's arrival, the Falcons had never had back-to-back winning seasons. Those teams didn't know how to win, really.

Do we want them to forget? Do we want them to forget what it means to win?

On the other hand, fans will look at Georgia's bowl game and criticize them for playing with no passion when, admittedly, there was nothing to play for.

We can't have it both ways, fans. That's what it comes down to, though. We want it all. We want wins, but we want losses at the same time. I will admit that losing doesn't help Georgia in the long run, so that's one difference, but still. The same truth applies that you don't want your team to play without pride. Ever.

A lot of teams are going to analyze their 2013-14 seasons and feel that something was missing or that something could have been done better. If your team is one of them, do you feel like they were missing pride or effort? Do you feel like your favorite team was missing spirit?

Now let me ask you this. How much fun is it to watch a team play with no intensity or no spirit? It's pretty much the worst. So consider this, fans, when you want your team to tank for draft positions. Is it worth watching a team that you want to lose?

As they say, there's always next year. Thanks to what happened a few days ago, that's now.

Oh. I get it. That's what New Year's Day was for.



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