Posted: 4:50 pm Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Expect Atlanta to get Super Bowl despite storm 

By Jeff Schultz

See this thing? Atlanta needs about 100 more of them. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

See this thing? Atlanta needs about 100 more of them. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

NEW YORK – So here I am at the weather-threatened Super Bowl in New York and I’m about to blog on the Super Bowl-threatening weather in Atlanta. What’s wrong with this picture?

This is what I know about the mess in Atlanta and what it means for the future.

1) Our city annually seems less prepared for inclement weather than any I know of.

2) Atlanta will get another Super Bowl, anyway.

I know sports fans and civic leaders who care about such things are panicking that the snow and ice of the past day in Atlanta, and the slow response in the cleanup, will significantly hurt the chances of hosting a third Super Bowl. After all, the city last hosted the game in 2000, and the lead-up to the game was marred by two ice storms: the week before the game and the weekend of.

But it’s a misconception that the NFL rewards Super Bowls based only on weather. I’ll have more on this in an essay Sunday as part of a Page 2 package of stories. But in short, the NFL rewards Super Bowls to every city with a new stadium.

Atlanta will get another Super Bowl when Falcons owner Arthur Blank gets his new palace built. It’s all but guaranteed. NFL owners – read: the commissioner’s office – have allowed Detroit, Indianapolis and Dallas to host the game in recent years because of new stadium construction.

The Super Bowl this week is in the New Jersey. The area was paralyzed by a storm last week that dropped 14 inches of snow – not an uncommon occurrence this time of year.

In 2010, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said, “I think a new stadium with this great community would be beneficial to bringing another Super Bowl to this community.”

However . . .

Given recent events, it’s safe to conclude that the Falcons, city officials and the bid committee members will need to come up with an extremely detailed plan for the league about how it would respond to bad weather the week of their centerpiece event.

That plan can’t read like this: “Two extra bags of salt and a snow plow on loan from Macon.”

Phone the Green Bay Packers and offer hotel rooms, steaks and aquarium tickets for their frozen world experts.

According to my highly placed snow-and-ice source, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal, they’re now using cheese brine to melt ice. Turns out they have an excess of cheese brine in Wisconsin. Can we get some of that?

Have a plan, Atlanta. But don’t worry. The Super Bowl will be back.

28 comments
Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Just grate. The last time we had a Superbowel here Ray Louis done killed a bunch of people we dont need that N E more

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

"New Jersey. The area was paralyzed by a storm last week that dropped 14 inches of snow – not an uncommon occurrence this time of year."


No it's not.    I have seen more than that there Jeff, back to back on consecutive nights, more each night than 14 inches. You got around just fine after the 14 inches, Jeff ?


I see Knowshon Moreno has been getting grief for beating up on the Philly run-oriented offense where they have a guy from Pennsylvania, like Knowshon Moreno from New Jersey, as well : LeSean McCoy, who has had a better NFL career than Knowshon Moreno but who put up only 16 carries for 73 yards and no touchdowns and only 1 catch losing to Knowshon Moreno who put up 78 yards on only 12 carries and also had a catch beating Philly Eagles 52-20, more than four and a half touchdowns.  This loss was 1 of only 7 losses by Philly this season in their route to being ousted in the opening round of the NFL play-offs while Knowshon Moreno is the Starting Tailback for Super Bowl Broncos having a fine year in his own right.


Knowshon Moreno was actually born in Bronx New York, and went to high school in Belford, NJ nearby Jeff.


LeSean McCoy is from Harrisburg and went to college at Pittsburgh and one would think has already made a name for himself.


I thought Knowshon Moreno handled it well that you'd have to ask that other tailback why he dishes it out to a NJ tailback when the other guy has done better than him, despite his injury his senior year in high school.  "I am always focused on this team, and in trying to get better."


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000318610/article/knowshon-moreno-perplexed-by-lesean-mccoys-scorn


Best of luck to Knowshon Moreno TB Denver, Champ Bailey CB Denver and Chris Clemons DE Seattle !


This marks the 13th consecutive season The Georgia Bulldogs have been represented in the Super Bowl, a regular occurrence - like snow in NJ, poor sports in Philly, and Atlanta not handling weather well.

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Skrew all that the Flacons need 2 trade up and pix Johnny Fottball

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

The BCS is over Moist. Good Grief.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

i could care less if we get the super bowl but i do think we will get the college national championship and we should have it we are the capital of college football and the new falcons stadium would be the perfect venu for uga to win some bcs cristal baby! it would be cool if the new stadium put heges there as a way to honor uga.

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Okay, so nobody will miss me and I will not miss you.  Now that that is out of the way, my schedule timing is not in place yet, but it IS my intention to be out of this city within 90 days.  Soooo far in the distance, that rear view mirror shot can't even capture it.   Bye, y'all

DrPhill
DrPhill

I loved Mayor Nagan's disaster plan: "Go to the Super Dome and wait for the cavalry." (Accept kickbacks.)  At least Ray had a plan. It appears that Deal and Reed did not.

denniscbrown
denniscbrown

Agreed, Schultz. And if the pressure from Blank and other area power-brokers to develop such a comprehensive and coordinated plan between area cities and the gov't/business/school officials help prepare for future similar weather-related events, all the better. 

Jhank
Jhank

The Super Bowl will come to Hot-Lanta mainly because of Arthur Blank. He can bring the “Big Game” to us a lot easier than he can get our Falcons to the Super Bowl.

Jeff I know I owe you a single malt I don't remember why.


Barack_Bi-Curious
Barack_Bi-Curious

Which of Mayor Kasim Reed's recent screwups is biggest?


A.)   Losing the Braves to Cobb County


B.)   Choosing the Falcons over the Braves


C.)   January 28th & 29th of 2014


D.)   Both A & B




WalterBM
WalterBM

Who cares??  Atlanta is certainly not ready for any big venues whether sporting events or business.  Fail.

Bogey
Bogey

Atlanta doesn't need to go out and buy several dozen salt/plow trucks - too little use and too many other $ needs. However, there is a simple solution: rent them from manufacturers or other cities for Super Bowl week. Small price to pay to allay NFL's fears and be awarded the big game.

Bischoje
Bischoje

A "misnomer" Jeff? Really?

JaySly
JaySly

another super bowl?  great1  another chance for atlanta to screw up a big event, just like the other super bowl and the 96 olympics!

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

Man that was HILARIOUS!  So happy to be friends with THEBuckeye!  Can't wait to be 2014 National Champs!  We own college football!

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

We can park 100 new salt trucks on the vacant Turner Field site. 


Centrally located and will serve middle class families

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

gt cary d, is that you in all your splendor, giving UGA football players lessons on reading and writing and sharing with us all how little regard Georgie tek has for Middle Tennessee State, who beat you at your house just 2012 by 3 TD ?


Posted by gtcaryd at 7:43 a.m. Jan. 17, 2014


"TomAss please try to remember, and i understand your a UGA Alum so it might be touch and go for a while. You see our players can actually read and write"

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gtcaryd at 12:18 p.m. Jan. 5, 2014


“And thanks again for pointing out that Tech cant beat CMR. That doesnt bother me near as much as the state of your football program.”

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gtcaryd Jan. 21, 2014


"UGA,Middle Tenn St., and Marshall, Richt is a saint.”

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gtcaryd at 12:51 p.m. Jan. 5, 2014


“I have stated before more than once that i am a die hard love em no matter what Tech fan. So the product UGA trotted out their Jan 1 was as dissapointing if not more than my Jackets who have all the problems anybody needs.”

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gtcaryd at8:29 a.m. Jan. 29, 2014


“Your getting a little personal Tom but ok i confess, I Love GT!”

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gtcaryd at7:29 a.m. Jan. 29, 2014

“Oh so i wake up spell something wrong and thats all you got to bring at me”

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gtcaryd at7:15 a.m. Jan. 29, 2014


"there probably UGA grads"

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inoto20
inoto20

@DrPhill 

Did you hear that Nagin is about to go to prison for 20 years for accepting contract bribes? I guess not. 

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Where is the voting button ? I thought him calling day 2, day 1 would be at the top.

denniscbrown
denniscbrown

@Bogey Great point! But only if they were on site prior to the event and not a phone call and hours late away. 

JSSN
JSSN

@Bogey 

It doesn't work like that, ask anybody who has worked in disaster relief!

JSSN
JSSN

@FoSho 

You mean the Greater Atlanta Metro region! It's not just Atlanta anymore, Nathan Deal proved that 10 fold between 4AM yesterday-1PM today! Where's Esquire?

JSSN
JSSN

@THEBuckeye 

What good is a darn salt truck when you can't get on the road in the first place?


denniscbrown
denniscbrown

@JSSN @FoSho Good point - I'm not necessarily a Reed fan, and he's glad to have Atlanta used as a catch-all location when something is going well in the burbs, but he has a good point when he says to national media sources that to identify only Atlanta when showing views of the clogged interstates is not fair. I'm not sure how or why or what good it has done to cry wolf about that, though. Must admit, I think he came across well personally on the tv telecast. 

inoto20
inoto20

@JSSN@THEBuckeye 

they should have closed two lanes of traffic tuesday morning and salted those. That way some roads would have been driveable.