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Matt Bryant says he has perfected the mating call of an alligator

Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has emerged as one of the better place kickers in the league this season. He has converted timely and clutch field goals all year long, including the game-winner against the Seattle Seahawks last weekend, but kicking footballs a long way isn’t his only rare talent.

Bryant told reporters on Thursday that he learned the mating call of an alligator while watching the National Geographic channel one day and has been able to perfect it.

“I was watching the National Geographic Channel one day, and heard them mimicking the mating sound that brings an alligator,” Bryant said, via USA Today. “So I figured I’d try and mimic the sound. Sure enough, a baby alligator came up from a retention pond behind our Tampa home.”

Bryant also claims he has used the mating call as a distraction when he is having a poor round of golf. While participating in a charity golf event in Myrtle Beach, S.C. last year, he says he frightened some members of his foursome — including offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter — by summoning a gator.

“If I’m not having a very good round, I’ll say, ‘Hey, watch this’ and do the alligator call,” Bryant said. “I did it a couple of times at Mr. Blank’s outing. The biggest one that came up from the pond was probably between 6 and 7 feet.”

But don’t worry, Bryant has learned that there is a fine line between communicating with the reptiles and putting himself and others in harm’s way.

“We were in Cancun for an event and were playing golf when we heard something thrashing in the mangroves,” he explained. ”I did the sound and, all of a sudden, the thrashing stopped. And from me to where Tony Gonzalez’s locker is (12-feet away), a saltwater croc stuck his head up. He was a 12- to 14-footer. He scared everybody, scared me. So I stopped making the sounds. I’ll talk with them now. But it’s from a distance.”

Thank goodness for that. This is the same Matt Bryant who had this funny story to tell about his game-winning kick against Seattle, so we know he has a great sense of humor. The question is: Do you believe that he is actually an alligator whisperer?

Matt Bryant channeled his inner Happy Gilmore before game-winning kick

The Atlanta Falcons got the monkey off their backs on Sunday by winning their first playoff game since 2004, and kicker Matt Bryant deserves much of the credit. Bryant connected on all three of his field goal attempts against the Seattle Seahawks, including a game-winning 49-yarder as time expired.

Bryant was clutch all throughout the regular season, converting 33-of-38 field goals and helping the Falcons earn the top overall seed in the NFC playoffs. But the game-winner against Seattle was arguably the most important kick of his career, which is why Bryant says he had to channel his inner “Happy Gilmore” as he lined the kick up.

“I’ve tried to approach every kick the same way — the nerves, the emotion and everything else, it’s definitely there leading up to the game,” Bryant told WCNN in Atlanta on Monday. “For kickers, I think you have to be able to manage the situation, and once you step out across those white lines it’s kind of like a twilight zone and you go to a different place. You go somewhere else. It’s kind of like Happy Gilmore, you just try to go to a happy place.”

Chubbs would be so proud. Whatever Bryant did, it worked. And if it was a happy place that he found, he may need to find it again this weekend when the Falcons take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Putting three points on the board against a defense like San Fran’s is crucial any time you have the opportunity.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the interview

Panthers DE Greg Hardy: Matt Bryant is small and weird-shaped

Matt-Bryant-FalconsFollowing the Carolina Panthers’ 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy had some unfriendly words for the Falcons players when telling them to get off the field. Hardy made the comments as a direct response to Matt Ryan, who the Panthers say was disrespectful to them after the two teams met earlier this season.

As you can see in this video, Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant was one player who fired back at Hardy and reminded him that the Falcons will still be playing in January. Hardy says he wasn’t fazed by Bryant’s response and didn’t even know who he was.

“I told him politely to remove himself from our facility because it was time to go, and he invited me to come watch him in January,” Hardy explained according to the Charlotte Observer. “It was a nice conversation.

“I really didn’t know who he was. He was so small and weird-shaped, I was trying to figure out what he did. I found out when I looked online that he was a kicker. I was a little shocked.”

Low blow! Kudos to the Panthers for taking care of business against a far superior team, but the revenge they captured was minimal. The bottom line is it was a much bigger game for Carolina than Atlanta. Hardy can make fun of Bryant’s physical appearance all he wants and his team may have gotten the last laugh on Sunday, but the Falcons will have no problem shaking it off knowing they’re headed to the postseason.

Greg Hardy told Falcons to get the f— off the field; Matt Bryant put him in place

Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was more than happy to return Matt Ryan’s trash talking words following Carolina’s 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

You may recall that after Atlanta’s comeback win over Carolina in Week 4, Ryan barked at the Panthers players “get the f— off our field!”

The Panthers called Ryan’s behavior “disrespectful” last week, and Hardy said he was trying to mess up the Falcons’ playoff plans. He also said that the Panthers were a better team despite being 3-9 and Atlanta having an 11-1 record at the time.

Hardy and the Panthers backed up their pregame words with an easy win, and he was happy to return the trash talk following the game.

As you can see in the video above, Hardy was seen telling every Falcons player within range to “get the f— off our field.” He only met some opposition when Falcons kicker Matt Bryant blasted him back.

“Enjoy watching us in January.”

True, the Falcons may be headed to the playoffs, but the question is if they’ll put together a better showing than last season’s pathetic 24-2 loss to the Giants.

Helmet smack to Hot Clicks

Chinese Food Delivery Guy Stole Matt Bryant’s Golf Clubs

For the most part, everyone loves the food delivery guy.  There’s nothing quite like hearing the doorbell ring and knowing your food has arrived when you’re starving.  The delivery guy is a bearer of gifts — someone who provides you with a service when you need to eat but are too lazy to separate yourself from the TV.  That is, of course, unless he runs you for your golf clubs.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Falcons kicker Matt Bryant had his golf clubs stolen out of his garage by the Chinese food delivery guy a couple weeks ago.  Police say 22-year-old Kristian Vail walked into Bryant’s open garage, stole his $3,000 bag of clubs, delivered his food, and went on his way.

Investigators were able to track down the clubs on the Internet by using their serial numbers and found that Vail had traded the clubs to a man named Michael Gibson in exchange for 80 Ecstasy pills.  Dude was just looking to party, I guess.

Most of the clubs have been tracked down and returned to Bryant but, according to Braselton Police Assistant Chief Lou Solis, Bryant’s putter remains missing and he is pretty unhappy about it. Better to have $3,000 clubs stolen from you though than $7 million worth of jewelry, right Floyd Mayweather? If you can’t trust the delivery guy these days, whom can you trust?