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Falcons point to league for lack of logo on Saints statue

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In the “Rebirth” statue that was unveiled last week, former Saints safety Steve Gleason is cast in bronze, blocking the punt of a player with no markings on him.

The play was against the Falcons, but there’s no way to know that from the artwork.

But Falcons president Rich McKay told Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com the decision was made in consultation with the league.

We never intended to offend the New Orleans fans and we certainly didn’t intend to make light of the moment, which was truly special,’’ McKay said.

The play was in the first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, when Gleason’s block of a Michael Koenen punt was returned for a touchdown by Curtis Deloatch, an early, emotional turn for a city that needed one.

The initial report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune said the Falcons didn’t want to participate in the statue, but McKay explained that was not the case.

“The first thing that happens in a request for marks is that it has to go to the league because we don’t own the marks,’’ McKay said. “The league does for anything outside of our market. When they brought it to us, we discussed it with them and we came to the conclusion that, obviously the fact they’re honoring the moment is fantastic. We were all there. It was an incredible moment for the city. It was not something that we wanted to memorialize the game.

“So we kind of looked at it as though we didn’t want necessarily a statue in front of the building that had our marks. Albeit, we all understand how important the moment was for the city and what they had gone through. We all lived in that moment and it was a pretty special thing. Even losing, it was still a pretty special thing.

“But it was just something that when we talked to the league about it, we said we didn’t think it was appropriate to put the marks on it. Everybody knew what the game was. Everybody knew what the moment was.”

McKay also said owner Arthur Blank was never involved in the process.

To be honest, it doesn’t matter if the Falcons are depicted or not. That moment was about New Orleans, and its comeback.

The authenticity that’s lacking doesn’t detract from that at all.

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17 Responses to “Falcons point to league for lack of logo on Saints statue”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 30, 2012 11:54 AM

    If I’m interpreting the double talk correctly, it sounds like the Falcons didn’t want their logo on the statue.

  2. franktherat96 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:59 AM

    nice way to divert attention from themselves. what happened was they didn’t want the logo on the statue and the league on their recommendation said no. had the Falcons wanted to do it the league would have ok’d it

  3. cali49er707 says: Jul 30, 2012 12:27 PM

    Why would anybody want to be in a statue with them looking like the goat?? Especially looking like a goat, while your rival is being depicted as a hero!!

  4. veence69 says: Jul 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    How long before Saints fans demand that they deify Jonathan Vilma?

  5. theclaim says: Jul 30, 2012 12:59 PM

    100 years from now some kid looks to his dad and says” we’re they playing the Washington Generals”?

  6. matthewcarlson1 says: Jul 30, 2012 1:09 PM

    Just stop.. the Taints are cheats. Im sick of hearing about how “they mean so much to this city” just stop.

  7. matthewcarlson1 says: Jul 30, 2012 1:11 PM

    I wouldnt want to be on that meaningless statue either.. youre telling me that it was such a magnificent moment in history that they need a trophy? why not get one of Vilma making it rain on his d-line?

  8. starderup says: Jul 30, 2012 1:12 PM

    Us Falcon fans would prefer to limit our contact with the cheaters to two games a year, and we’ll carry the NFC South flag, thank you very much, bagheads.

  9. teambringitstrong says: Jul 30, 2012 1:20 PM

    starderup says: Jul 30, 2012 1:12 PM

    Us Falcon fans would prefer to limit our contact with the cheaters to two games a year, and we’ll carry the NFC South flag, thank you very much, bagheads.
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    I’d take the ‘cheaters’ over the dog killers anyday of the week.

  10. bobterwilliger says: Jul 30, 2012 1:25 PM

    I say this living in a city with a statue of The Fonz in its downtown, but isn’t a football statue a little lame as far as honoring the city’s resurgence following a tragedy? Did a blocked punt really get the citizens to pull themselves up by their bootstraps to get themselves out of the squalor that was post-Katrina New Orleans? If so, perhaps I thought too highly of the city.

  11. paulitik74 says: Jul 30, 2012 1:37 PM

    I can’t wait to see the Gregg Williams and Jonathan Vilma “passing out envelopes” memorial.

  12. tombradysponytail says: Jul 30, 2012 1:55 PM

    bobterwilliger says:Jul 30, 2012 1:25 PM

    I say this living in a city with a statue of The Fonz in its downtown, but isn’t a football statue a little lame as far as honoring the city’s resurgence following a tragedy?

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    Not only that, but I’m told the “Fonz” statue is featured in Travel Wisconsin commercials played throughtout the midwest. Not sure that’s going to work to attract vacationers to Milwaukee.

    It’s too bad, really because it’s actually a cool place to visit. Tons of ethnically authentic bars and restaurants and lots of history – kind of like a little Chicago. But, I’m not sure a statue of the Fonzie is going to drive a ton of traffic your way…

  13. nolarules says: Jul 30, 2012 2:09 PM

    starderup says: Jul 30, 2012 1:12 PM

    Us Falcon fans would prefer to limit our contact with the cheaters to two games a year, and we’ll carry the NFC South flag, thank you very much, bagheads.
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    I always recall how funny it was when going to Atlanta for their home game against the Saints to see far more “bagheads” than Pigeon fans in the seats. That was until Senior Dog Killer was drafted by them. We may have worn bags during our good old days. But hey, at least someone actually showed up to the games. Before Vick, no one in Atlanta even pretended to care about the Falcons. Don’t sell yourselves as some of the best fans in the league. You’re not

  14. spankdatazz says: Jul 30, 2012 4:39 PM

    this was one of the most important games of any sports ever. for the trolls that just want to talk smack go to your teams articles if you have one. regardless of whatever any of you think the saints and saints fans are some of the classiest people you will ever meet. and to those who disagree with me TO BAD!

  15. gafraidh says: Jul 30, 2012 5:10 PM

    As convoluted as the answer was, I think there is some sense to it.

    In the here and now, having Atlanta id’ed makes sense. 50 years from now, after they’ve moved the statue to the stadium that came after the stadium after the Superdome, having the opponent identified will mean nothing. The point is to honor the Saints. The fact that they are depicting an actual play loses context over time.

  16. kidpresentable says: Jul 30, 2012 10:29 PM

    I like how somebody with the screen name “spankdatazz” is the judge of who is and who isn’t classy – all while defending a team that ran a bounty program.

  17. gammynomnom says: Jul 30, 2012 11:44 PM

    Can’t wait for the first statue honoring Matt Ryan.

    What brand of noodle should they use for the arms?

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