By BILLY JOE JESSUP
Wednesday was a social media celebration of the Atlanta Falcons’ historic collapse against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLI in Houston in 2017.
It was 3-28 Day.
The 3-28 memes were everywhere I looked because Wednesday was 3-28 as in March 28, and 3-28 reversed is 28-3, the Falcons’ lead in the Super Bowl before quarterback Tom Brady rallied the Patriots to a 34-28 overtime victory.
I’ve never noticed a 3-28 social media celebration before, but it made my day.
The tweets were sweet, coming from New Orleans Saints fans who I believe invented the 3-28 meme last year because they relished seeing the hated Falcons blow it.
No Saints fans in their right mind want to see the Falcons have the same number of Super Bowl titles as Who Dat Nation. No Saints fans in their right mind want to see Atlanta win any game unless it helps the Black and Gold.
I’m a Saints fan who thinks of 3-28 as the 4-20 in Super Bowl history. You know, the 28-3 lead Matt Ryan and his Dirty Birds built went up in smoke.
Here are 16 of my favorite 3-28 Day tweets. My guess is 12 came from New Orleans and two were from Saints fans in the United Kingdom.
Happy 3.28 Day Folks. Hug someone from Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/7esetrs1gY
— Dirty Coast Press (@dirtycoast) March 28, 2018
Happy 3-28. Make sure to enjoy a FULL day not just THREE QUARTERS of the day.
— Sharief Ishaq (@ShariefWDSU) March 28, 2018
Falcons fans trying to make themselves feel better on 3-28 Day…bless their hearts pic.twitter.com/nbj2xhQ8pI
— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) March 28, 2018
Happy 3-28 y'all…..🤣😀😆😃 pic.twitter.com/TONVbDhL5x
— M.O.D (@SaintsUptown) March 28, 2018
It’s nearly 8:00 PM CT on 3/28 and @MasonGinsberg has not yet made a Falcons joke. Do I need to call someone to check on him?
— RIP Mariners, 1995-2001 (@UWFerris) March 29, 2018
I just wanted to wait until 8:58 PM CT on 3/28, which is 3 hours and 28 minutes after Superbowl LI's scheduled start time.
— Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) March 29, 2018
— #JusticeForDusty 💗🐝 (@GabeUKSaintsFan) March 28, 2018
— #WhoDat4Life (@WD4L_SaintsVids) March 28, 2018
— ⚜ Neutral Ground News ⚜ (@NGN504) March 28, 2018
— Breaux Mart ⚜️🦀🦐🐟⚜️ (@BreauxMart) March 28, 2018
— ⚜🏈Big Easy Mafia UK🏈⚜ (@BigEasyMafiaUK) March 28, 2018
Happy 3-28 day pic.twitter.com/w1yTOOHc5o
— TOhio2GA🐺 (@TheRealTOshow) March 28, 2018
Happy We Saints Fans Are Petty AF Day
— Duris Holmes (@duris) March 28, 2018
— Dawn St. Ann (@DawnStAnn504) March 28, 2018
The petty champ lol
— SNOE (@Keydownsouth1) March 29, 2018
Am I too late for 3-28 day? What I miss?
— WhodatDaWhodat (@WhoDatDaWhoDat) March 29, 2018
Humans shouldn’t be allowed to have this much fun, as David Letterman used to say.
I have no love for the folks who used this meme to try to ruin the fun.
People are sharing this 3-28 pic of the Falcons score like the Saints didn’t lose on the last play of the game to the Vikings this year 😐
— Larry X✊🏾 (@Francis_bacon3) March 28, 2018