Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A sports team’s bus is pelted with something as it leaves or arrives in a rival city during the week of a game. Yeah, I’ve heard about things like this, too, but it’s usually the blockheads from Philly and it’s usually something harder than eggs.
Welcome to the new NFC South where it appears as though the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints have become quite the rivals. You know it’s a rivalry when people throw eggs at your team buses as you leave the airport, which is exactly what happened to the Saints last night after they arrived in Atlanta.
Apparently some people, not airport workers, threw eggs at the Saints team buses as it left the parking area. According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the authorities are looking into the incident but it looks like a group of people got the eggs from a food vendor and waited for the buses to drive by to pelt them.
If you didn’t think these teams had a rivalry before this incident, the fans are trying to convince you otherwise. When they get involved, there’s no telling where things will go. Even with the Saints trying to downplay there even being a rivalry by wearing shirts that said ‘there is no rivalry between a hammer and a nail,’ I think it’s safe to say these two divisional opponents have become true rivals.
The good news is that it was only eggs and nothing hard like batteries but I’m guessing the Saints players didn’t know that when they started hitting the buses. Either way, it seems like a fairly ridiculous thing to do. And why must we put a ‘gate’ at the end of everything?
Then again, reason goes out the window when you talk about a hated rival.
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