Originally created 01/19/99

Reeves does lonely dance



SUWANEE, Ga. -- After the Atlanta Falcons defeated New England 41-10 in early November, Dan Reeves promised to dance the "Dirty Bird" on Peachtree Street if his team made it to the Super Bowl.

Reeves' players did their part Sunday, beating Minnesota 30-27 in overtime to win the NFC championship.

So Monday morning, on his way to appear on ABC's Good Morning America, Reeves kept his word. The Atlanta coach, who turns 55 Tuesday, claims he stopped his car along the city's most-famous street and performed his version of the Falcons' end-zone celebration.

There's only one problem: he had no witnesses.

"I didn't say how long and I didn't say when, so I did it this morning," Reeves said with a smile. "It was 6:45, and there was nobody on the road. That's why I did it, and I did it goooood."

Falcons receiver Terance Mathis, who caught the touchdown pass that helped Atlanta send the game into overtime, wasn't buying Reeves' version of events.

"That's a cop out, man," Mathis said with a laugh. "He could have at least called the media and alerted them. That doesn't count. We're going to make him do it."