The Atlanta Falcons are still in search of their first ever championship. This would be the year to put all your chips in that the Falcons finally get it done.
Within the last 10 days both the NHL and NBA have crowned their champions. Two cities in North America have held championship parades in honor of those champions; Saint Louis and Toronto. The Atlanta Falcons will add to this sports rarity.
What do these two championship cities have in common with Atlanta? Actually, a few of things.
One, the most recent championship among the big three sports in America (football, baseball and basketball) were baseball championships. The Blue Jays in 1993 and the Cardinals in 2011. Atlanta’s last big three title was in 1995 when the Braves beat the Indians in the World Series.
Two, neither franchise had ever won a championship before 2019. The Blues have been in St. Louis since 1967 and had never even been to the Stanley Cup finals while the Raptors inaugural season was in 1995. Neither had much playoff success during their franchises history and looked to be knocking on the door of greatness in previous years but never able to quite get over the hump. We are all well aware of the Falcons lack of playoff success and championship drought.
St. Louis, Toronto and Atlanta are all known for their musical residence. St. Louis is the home to Ronald Isley and Nelly, among others, Toronto obnoxiously is the city that Drake represents but also pop star Shawn Mendes. As we all are aware, music has been Atlanta’s identity for most of the last 25 years with a list of greats to long to mention.
Baseball will obviously be the exception in 2019; there will be no first time winner in the fall classic as the Braves will undoubtedly win their second title. Still, to have three first time winners in the four oldest major sports in North America in 2019 will be something the American sports world may never see again.
Thankfully, the Falcons will be among those celebrating a first championship.