New Orleanians' hatred for the Atlanta Falcons is real (1 Viewer)


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By Larry Holder, | The Times-Picayune

Todd Graffagnini hates the Atlanta Falcons. He HATES them. So this makes me a bad friend.

You see Todd, an unabashed New Orleans Saints fan, is the godfather to my youngest son. I scheduled my son's 2-year-old birthday party the afternoon of this year's NFC Championship Game. My extended family knew a Todd meltdown was on the horizon before the game even started.

Mohamed Sanu caught a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan midway through the first quarter in the Falcons' 44-21 romp of the Green Bay Packers en route to Super Bowl 51. Todd sat in a completely different room than the rest of the party. But the party patrons, led by me of course, peered in to watch Todd's reaction.

He punched a pillow on my sofa. Then he stood up and said, "I'm out." His wife, Holly, has witnessed this before. She corralled their two children and the family bolted the party...

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