Secret Base will release the sequel to their first Dorktown series, ‘The History of the Seattle Mariners’, on Tuesday, Aug. 17. This series will be about the team we all love and dread on Sundays: The Atlanta Falcons.
‘The History of the Atlanta Falcons’ is a seven-part series is a deep dive on the team’s entire history, from the team’s founding in 1966 through the 2020 NFL season. Jon Bois, Alex Rubenstein, and Alex Rubenstein host the series. This series is an amazing blend of incredible storytelling, amazing graphics, detailed research, and exceptional storytelling.
Episode 1 will air live on the Secret Base YouTube channel Tuesday afternoon, and before you watch, I do want to give you a heads up that it opens with Super Bowl LI. I know we’re all loathe to relive that, so let me give you some reasons that you really need to watch this series anyway.
You’ll learn interesting things you didn’t know about the Falcons
I’ve read books about the Falcons’ history. I’ve researched and written hundreds of articles about this team. And I still learned things I didn’t know about the team and about the history of football in Georgia just from the first episode. Secret Base expertly combines statistics and context to help you understand the history this team.
Norm Van Brocklin was a character
They spend a lot time talking about Van Brocklin. He was as ornery than sin. Van Brocklin famously threatened to fight the Atlanta media, and was referred to as “Hitler with a hangover” by the Atlanta Journal’s Furman Bisher. But Secret Base also digs into his team’s performances in those early years and illustrate how Van Brocklin took the Falcons from completely incompetent to a team that could actually win some games by the time he was finally fired — again, after he threatened to fight every member of the Atlanta media.
You’ll giggle when you see Dick Shiner’s name
I’m just being honest. Is it childish? Yes. Did I still have a good time? Yes.
You’ll get a look at the early days of the Falcons-Saints rivalry
It is objectively one the most exciting rivalries in the NFL. Secret Base takes a deep dive into the early years. Both the Saints and Falcons were nascent, and expansion efforts after the NFL had largely ignored the south for decades. It is fascinating to see the statistical perspective Bois & Rubenstein offer on the rivalry. They back it up with graphs & data. Also, you’ll love the look back at the Falcons’ 62-7 victory over the Saints back in 1973.
You’ll get Falcons fans’ perspectives, too
Joe Ali, a Secret Base editor and producer, shares his perspective about the Falcons. Both Joe and Steven Godfrey (another Secret Base colleague and Falcons fan) will be featured in future episodes. Even though there are plenty of miserable memories in the Falcons’ history, having Falcons fans add context on our shared heartbreaks adds a lot to the series.
Kim McQuilken can make Matt Ryan even more special
McQuilken was terrible, holy smokes! Secret Base examines McQuilken’s stats and the factors that influenced his performance. He was horrible. He’s an interesting person, though, and I learned a lot about him from this first episode. After learning that his wife Kim is also a Patriots fan and they had a bet for Super Bowl LI, I feel terrible for him. It was hard enough watching his former team suffer the worst Super Bowl loss history, but this poor guy had to walk around in a Julian Edelman Patriots jersey for a week after the loss.
If you are looking for moral support from fellow Falcoholics while you watch this series, join DW, Adnan or I on Falcoholic Live on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. ET for our Episode 1 Watch Party.