It was 1980, the decade had just turned, and I was in the 8th grade at North Clayton Junior High School. By this time I was already a very passionate Falcons fan. My friends and I watched every game that was televised, and I even had my own red, white and black Falcons outfit that I wore to school every Friday during football season. The Falcons had made the playoffs for the first time in the 1978 season, and were perched to hopefully continue their success the following year. Prior to the '79 Season, a local country artist named Steve Carlisle released a record entitled "Falcon Fever", promising great things for that season. Sadly, the Falcons finished a disappointing 6-10, and the bold predictions of Carlisle's record were for naught. (Listen here)
|There was a "Falcon Fever" long before Travis Tritt's|
The record was a huge success, as were the Falcons that season. But just as the intrepid trio's verses on vinyl didn't quite make it to the gold record level, nor did the Falcons quite make that Super Bowl appearance. But all in all, both of those records represent a special time in Falcons history for me, and a one of those parts of my childhood that I remember being the absolute happiest...until Danny White came in anyway.