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NFL 2022: The Atlanta Falcons barely smudge the Cleveland Browns

I did not watch today’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns, but I did check the score around 2 pm (the Falcons had 10 and the Browns had 7) and again in the early evening.  The predatory birds won 23 to 20.  Based on the back-and-forth of touchdowns and field goal, I’m guessing it would have been a fun game to watch, but I was spending much needed time outdoors.

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NFL 2022: The Atlanta Falcons quiche lorraine the Seattle Seahawks

Today’s deep thought: the older you get, televised sports game go by faster and faster. One minute it’s the top of the second quarter, the next it’s the bottom of the third.

The scoring was close throughout today’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks.  The home team scored first with a field goal, to which the Falcons responded with a touchdown courtesy of their quarterback, Marcus Mariota.  Going into halftime, the Seahawks were three points ahead with 20 to Atlanta’s 17.  The Falcons tied the score with a 54-yard field goal by kicker Younghoe Koo in the top of the third.  Towards the end of the quarter, the Seahawks shrugged off that tie with a field goal.  On the Falcons’ next possession, though, they took the lead with a touchdown (via wide receiver Drake London) Atlanta 27 and Seattle 23.  Not much happened in the fourth quarter until the Seahawks recovered a fumbled Falcons ball with five minutes left to play.  Nevertheless, the Falcons held on to their three-point lead.  Final score Atlant 27 and Seattle 23.

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If the Falcons can play like they did today at a bare minimum, but enter the middle of the fourth quarter with at least eight points more than their opponent, the two-minute warning would be satisfying to watch in terms athletic spectacle and with less probability for a penalty or an interception to pull a 180 with the outcome of the game.

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NFL 2022: The Los Angeles Rams get into the Atlanta Falcons’ area

It would have been nice if the fourth quarter scoring ascension that the Atlanta Falcons implemented ended up with their getting into the Los Angeles Rams‘ area (in LA no less), but such an outcome was not in the cards.  I watched the first quarter up to the moment when the Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo missed the 44-yard field goal.  I resumed watching the game towards the end of the second quarter.  If you want to watch highlights of the game, go straight to the fourth quarter: the Falcons’ defense demonstrated some skill with the franchise’s first blocked punt return since 1990, which led to more points on the board for them than I thought I’d see so late in the game.  The Rams ended up winning the game 31 to 27.

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Now, please enjoy BlackPink‘s dance practice video of “Shut Down.”

NFL 2022: The Saints Mooncake the Falcons

Well, maybe not mooncake, more like moonpinch.  It just so happens to be the Mid-Autumn Festival this weekend in addition to the symbolic reign of one monarch moving to another and twenty-one years after lots of metal, paper, and flesh and bones fell from the sky in one particular American metropolis.

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I did not watch any of the pre-season games this year, but I was not going to miss watching the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons make their first 2022 regular season impressions.  It’s premature to expect but perhaps not improbable for the Falcons to replicate certain thematic elements from the season opener: score whatever points in the first half of the game, come back with renewed energies in the third through middle of the fourth, and then surprise everybody by not being able to maintain a sixteen-point lead and then lose by a point.

Oh yes, the Saints capitalized on the Falcons’ penalties in the last four minutes in the fourth quarter to whisper by with a victory of 27 to 26.  Final score.  Of course I was hoping the Falcons would stay on top no matter how small a lead, nevertheless, losing by one point can be a more effective motivator for Atlanta to do better next week than if they’d won by a dozen points.  I am curious to see what patterns of athleticism emerge over the season from Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota.  Moreover, I imagine that Dennis Allen, the newly promoted head coach for the Saints, feels more relief now than he did when he woke up this morning.  It’s possible he got out of bed hoping his players woulddo their best or that they’d win by a few or many points, but I’m inclined to believe that winning against the Falcons (or any NFL team for that matter) by one point is more satisfying than a victory of a landslide.

If I could weave a motif for the 2022 Falcons, it would be thus: a TD or two by the end of the first quarter/top of the second, at least one interceptions-returned-for-a-TD by the end of the second, a quiet but penalty-free third quarter, and then however many points it takes to take the lead by the middle of the fourth quarter.  At which juncture, maybe the other team slips in a field goal to (re)take the lead, but with three minutes left to play, the Falcons manage to be on top with a three to six-point lead and remain penalty-free until there’s under a minute left to play, whereupon, any penalties will be legitimate face-plants and gaffes and not some oh-come-on ruling.

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Mooncake pic cred: Alexa Soh, unsplash

Footering About With Team Sports

Author’s note: all of the website behaviors and aesthetics I relay below are true as of the publishing of this post.  Experiential elements can change at the drop of a sneeze, a yawn, a grin, or a blink.

Update: I came across the website for a restaurant called Marcel in Atlanta.  Scroll all the way down to the footer.  You see the word “Credits” next to the copyright line?  Click on it.  An overlay appears with the the names of the people who worked on the visual and operational elements of the site.  The source code look like this:

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Maybe the Falcons footer wanted to do something similar?

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My professional endeavors began in the mid-to-late-2000s just before the birth of the first iPhone.  A substantial portion of my work responsibilities included doing QC of website and email newsletter footers for current copyright year and dead links.  It’s been ingrained in me to care about inaccurate information and unusual behaviors down there.  Years later, I am still making a bee-line for the footer on any website that may be a potential employer or recipient of my money in exchange for goods or services.

You may be able to imagine my mild surprise when I took a jaunt through the Atlanta Falcons website on a random night this week and noticed an outdated copyright year and two footer links that reloaded the home page instead of where they may have once gone to (an ecommerce destination and Arthur Blank’s business website).  I hadn’t visited the site since the news broke that Matt Ryan would no longer be quarterback; I don’t know what compelled me to go there, but go there I did.

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Mild surprise turned into befuddlement after I checked the footers for all 32 NFL teams.   The Falcons footer is adequately representative of what can be expected when visiting any NFL team’s site — columns of links with “headers” that may or may not be clickable depending on the team and a copyright year that may or may not reflect the current year:

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Do you see the “Shop” and “Blank Family of Business” on the right side of the screen? When you mouse over them, the cursor turns into a hand icon, indicating that the words are clickable.  When you click them, though, they reload the page and you’re taken to the top.  During my digital content coordination days, I inherited many basic non-cms website updating and troubleshooting tasks from front-end developers.  They taught me how to inspect elements and other parts of source code.

Doing so with the Falcons footer revealed:
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I hypothesized that once upon a time, Shop and BFOB went somewhere, and the empty URLs and surrounding code were never updated to be consistent with the other non-clickable “header” terms down there, like “Tickets”:
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I impart this assessment in the kindest way possible: it’s a mess in the NFL.  I had to make a google sheet to organize my findings.  Here’s a sample of the NFC South, North, and East.  The “Minimal,” “Moderate,” and “Overwhelming” qualifiers in the “Footer Style” column refers to how much space the footer links take up and how they impressed me upon initial glance:

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Here’s the view of the NFC East and West with more columns of information; their copyrights are much better-lookin’ than that of the NFC South and North:
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Out of the NFC teams, only the Falcons, Saints, and Cowboys have “Shop” in the footer “headers.”  None of the AFC teams do; their copyright years are about as variable as the NFC’s.  None of the AFC footers have deceptively clickable links.

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I couldn’t let the MLB, NBA, MLS, or NHL footers go unvisited, now could I?  I did not make any google sheets for them, but I did compile the below.

The footers for all 30 MLB teams follow a near-identical template:
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Where the Braves footer says, “Advertising Partnerships,” the Orioles footer has “Corporate Partnerships,” the White Sox opts for just “Partnerships,” and the Rockies present “Partnership Opportunities.”
~ All other teams that use “Advertising”: Red Sox, Yankees, Reds, Tigers, Astros, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers, Athletics, Phillies, Pirates, Padres, Cardinals, Rays.
~ All other teams that use “Corporate”: Cubs, Mets, Giants, Nationals.
~ All other teams that use “Partnerships”: White Sox, Marlins, Blue Jays.
~ All other teams that use “Opportunities”: Mariners.

And then there’s the Guardians footer with “Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion” instead of any “Partnerships.”

The Royals don’t have anything in that space.
~ All other teams with nothing in that space: Twins, Rangers.

The Texas Rangers logo is a bit hard to read against the dark background.

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As for the NBA, the legal footer is likely globally applied across all teams sites; copyright year is current.  The rest of the footer varies slightly between teams.  It’s not as minimalist as the MLB; I’d say it’s moderately full of links.

The Hawks footer is representative of how it appears across most of the 30 teams’ sites (columns of links on the left and middle of the page and the social media platforms on the far right).

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~ All other teams that have a similar footer: Hornets, Knicks, Sixers, Raptors, Cavaliers, Pistons, Pacers, Bucks, Magic, Wizards, Hawks, Timberwolves, Thunder, Trail Blazers, Jazz, Lakers, Kings, Rockets, Grizzlies, Pelicans, Spurs.

The Bulls is the only team without social icons on the far right.

And then there’s the Celtics footer, which looks very different, including the legal footer. Notice the old Turner logo at the bottom of the page.
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~ All other teams that have a similarly different footer: Nets, Heat, Warriors, Clippers, Suns, Mavericks.

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What about the MLS?  With Atlanta United as the starting point, the legal footer is probably globally applied, so the copyright year should be current across the league’s 29 clubs.  I wish the NFL footers looked like the MLS ones.  The overall appearance of the footer aesthetic ranges from minimal (Cincinnati) to moderately overwhelming (Atlanta) to overwhelming (Charlotte).
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~ All other clubs with a similar footer: Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, DC, Houston, LA Galaxy, Miami, Minnesota (the TikTock icon is not like the others), Montreal, Nashville, New England, New York City, New York Red Bulls, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Real Salt Lake, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto.

Colorado’s footer doesn’t have social media icons, otherwise it looks like the rest.
~ All other club sites without social media icons: LAFC, Sporting KC, Vancouver.

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Now, onto the NHL footers — too bad Atlanta doesn’t have the Thrashers anymore. There are two main footer outfits, the one resembling the Carolina Hurricanes [team logo, links, legal verbiage, and the league logo (sponsor logos and copyright of 1999-2021)] with variable terminology for companies that provide financial/sociological support and copyright years.

Instead of “Platinum Partners,” as the Hurricanes calls them, Pittsburgh Penguins (2020) and Seattle Kracken (2020) call their sponsors “Founding Partners.”  Washington Capitals (2020) refer to them as “Proud Sponsors.”  Tampa Bay Lightning (1999-2020) has “Championship Partners.”  Nashville Predators (1999-2022) has “Presenting Sponsors.”  Anaheim Ducks (2021) has “Proud Partners.”  Calgary Flames (1999-2020) has “Affiliates.”CarolinaHurricanes_Footer_2022

The other outfit doesn’t have sponsor logos, such as the Columbus Blue Jackets (2020).
~ All other teams sans sponsor logos: Devils (1999-2022), Islanders (1999-2018), Rangers (1999-2022), Flyers (1999-2020), Sabres (1999-2018), Red Wings (2020), Panthers (1999-2020), Canadiens (1999-2020), Senators (1999-2020), Maple Leafs (1999-2020), Coyotes (1999-2020), Blackhawks (1999-2020), Avalanche (1999-2018), Stars (1999-2022), Minnesota Wild (1999-2020), Blues (1999-2020), Jets (1999-2020), Oilers (1999-2020), Kings (1999-2019), Sharks (1999-2020), Canucks (1999-2020), Golden Knights (1999-2020).

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I might do ballet company footers next.  Why? Ballet companies aren’t bound by any overall rules or strategy as franchises in sports leagues.  So, there’s arguably much more discretion in design/functionality that appeal to their platinum level donors
or casual performing arts fans and that also meet overall web standards.