Atlanta Falcons: View from Seattle: City vs. city pop-culture showdown

Bill Reader, deputy sports editor at The Seattle Times, puts a spin on the tired traditional “city vs. city” story by examining the respective pop culture benchmarks of his city and Atlanta rather than arguing about traffic, parks and airports.

(He still couldn’t resist getting in a couple shots at our weather–Seattle is one to talk–and Ted Turner, but we’ll that slide because he name checks MLK Jr., Jimmy Carter and the Starlight-Six Drive-In Theatre.)

Among Reader’s categories are “Best movie set in city” and “Current hitmakers.” That makes sense because each city has been featured in some famous flicks and is home to important music movements. But Grunge is dead while hip-hop is forever, so Atlanta’s rappers trump some dude named Macklemore.

Reader also has a category called: “Most bizarre housing crisis involving a prominent local athlete.” That’s really just an excuse for him to bring up Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (RIP) burning down Andre Rison’s mansion, which is fine because that story should be mentioned as often as possible.

Reader says Seattle had “The best Lenny Wilkens” because he won a title there and not here. He gives Seattle the comedy edge in part because of Drew Carey but does anybody outside of Seattle associate Carey with that city? And he argues “Frasier” reruns are better than “Matlock” for TV marathons, potentially angering any senior citizens who find his story using The Google.

Reader’s final verdict: “By my count, that’s five for Seattle, five for Atlanta … and one no-decision. Oh well, let’s just settle it on the field Sunday.”

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Vu Ḉa Avant

January 11th, 2013
11:29 am

Organized NoiZE

January 11th, 2013
11:59 am

Drew Carey?!?!?! Really tho

Esquire

January 11th, 2013
12:00 pm

If Seattle leaves on a flight about 4pm today they aren’t gonna land until close to midnight Atlanta time. That makes for a long day and most of a day lost to practice. Of course, Coach Pete Carroll doesn’t think they need it.

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHT FALCONS!!

Joshua Brown

January 11th, 2013
12:16 pm

“make sure you are loud. We’re going to need it. Hopefully after this game we come out on top and we’ll need it next week. Let’s get it done this week because it does help when the Rise up Nation is there hootin and hollering and screaming. It’s such an energy to the guys on the field and we appreciate it.” -TONY GONZALEZ

Esquire

January 11th, 2013
12:18 pm

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Brent

January 11th, 2013
12:25 pm

I don’t think they’re claiming Drew Carey…they’re claiming a guy who’s known as being an associate of Drew Carey’s.

Regardless, they got the movie wrong. The best movie associated with the city of Atlanta is “Sharky’s Machine”, although in the near-30 years since that movie was released the city it was filmed in bears little resemblance to the city we live in today.

Hankie Aron

January 11th, 2013
12:26 pm

Pull your plug Esquire. This has nothing to do with D Led’s column

JSS

January 11th, 2013
12:33 pm

‘Fraiser?’ Ledbetter, ‘Grey’a Anatomy’ sir… don’t let the 21st century slow you down… Any town that gave the world Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix has across the centuries cred…

JSS

January 11th, 2013
12:37 pm

When your town is associated with a “Lost Cause” ‘Gone With The Wind’ claim it…

Brent

January 11th, 2013
12:42 pm

Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, grew up in Hong Kong. He did go to college at Yoo-Dub in Seattle, though.

JSS

January 11th, 2013
1:16 pm

The American side of Lee is pretty much all the 7 years he spent in the Sea-Tac (from High School to dropping out of college)… His teaching style and his associations that he took to Oakland were framed on the Seattle years…

Interesting

January 11th, 2013
1:20 pm

Who cares? These City v. City comparisons are way too common these days. I thought this was a football game.

Latte-Sipping Emo Hipster

January 11th, 2013
1:39 pm

Seattle has good coffee and some cute hipster chicks. Yep, that covers it.

RambleOn84

January 11th, 2013
2:14 pm

I love Frasier and Matlock…can’t we all just get along?!?!?!?!?!

Interesting

January 11th, 2013
2:15 pm

Jimi Hendrix for National Anthem? How about late, great Atlanta resident Whitney Houston?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupsPg5H6aE

I usually just read but...

January 11th, 2013
2:17 pm

Seattle + unbathed grungers, stoners(it’s legal now), homo(sapiens/sexuals), weirdos, 60 something degrees in JULY, Rain. More Rain. Did I mention Rain? Gloomy skies. Oh yea, and a lot of rain. NO jobs. I guess that’s fine for sitting on the sofa getting stoned enough to think Kurt Cobain was anything less than a sicko while drinking quadruple soy lattes.(whatever in he!! that is)

B

January 11th, 2013
2:44 pm

Georgia has fewer serial killers than Warrrrrrrrshington, more sunshine, prettier women, and warmer ocean water. Nuff said!

Chef Boyardee

January 11th, 2013
3:18 pm

Seattle has more meth labs.

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
3:46 pm

MLK….Coca Cola….Olympics….Civil Rights Movement…….Sweet Auburn…Ebenezer….I could go on and on. Pick the bad Gone with the Wind…compare that with Issac Stevens and how he put scalp bounties on ” bad Indians”. Seattle….the original SKID ROW! I could go on and on about the negatives in both cities, however we can do that with every city in the USA….this about football. Both Seattle and Atlanta has rich history and dark history…..we just want to continue to Rise Up! Who cares who has the best coffee or the best fried chicken!? What I do care about is who proves who has the best team on Sunday.
RISE UP!

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
3:51 pm

Heres the real deal and the real question if you think this is about the city of Atlanta, move your angus to Seattle! What say you, much like the Falcons you picking and choosing what you feel is bad about the ATL like you pick and choose what is bad about the Falcons….this is so old JSS! Gosh man, they have alot of real estate in Seattle and they would really accept those who google as well as you do! Dont diss my City! You dont like it here catch the NBO! Thats Next Bus Out for you….or you can google that to!

JSS

January 11th, 2013
3:56 pm

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
See why a fool is generally limited to access in most of the world? There is your proof…

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
3:58 pm

And any city that gave us MLK trumps anything person you want to put up….and that crosses every cred!!!!!!

JSS

January 11th, 2013
4:01 pm

And next time you try co-op something (like the entire 2nd Civil Rights movement), ar least be respectful to who lived it and finally brought it to fruition to remember that they were the one who made “Atlanta too busy to hate.” You shame that slogan every time you post…

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
4:04 pm

You posting in the mirror a$$munch. King Effing Idiot! Lol. Get the eff off this blog and take your punka$$ back to kiss Schultz a$$. Lol you punk!

inkspot

January 11th, 2013
4:04 pm

If Seattle claims Nirvana (Olympia, WA) then Atlanta gets R.E.M. (Athens.) Coca-Cola vs Microsoft is a wash. They wax ironic about Ted Turner but CNN is the grand-daddy of them all of 24-hour news channels. They have nothing to match that. And being a homer, might as well go all the way and say Georgia is one of the greatest states in the USA, we have mountains, rolling hills, coastal plains, sunny beaches and pristine coastlines, industry, agriculture, a capital city that continues to lure people from all over the nation, perfect weather for those who love the four seasons but not too much winter, history (American and Native American), modern “pop” culture, variously distinct accents and ways of speaking… and “Georgia On My Mind.” We may lose in a football game or two, but we are lucky to live in a great place.

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
4:06 pm

Never to busy to hate you punk! And thats you with all the hate you posted nothing but negative about the ATL…like you do with every post!

JSS

January 11th, 2013
4:07 pm

September 22-24, 1906, you can’t ever claim clean hands… You definitely to silence that rhetoric… From New Echota to Indian Springs, that is enough…

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
4:07 pm

I have no respect for dogpoo on the bottome of my shoe…and you JSS are dogpoo, scraping off on the curb!

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
4:09 pm

From J to the S to the S, you can never claim to be from the ATL you punk! Thats from College Park to Norcross 2013!

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
4:13 pm

And since you posted that about the Civil Rights Movement and so consistenly tell us all to kiss your BBA…you respect Atlanta and know that you could never.post such things if it was not for the ATL! However you want to tell us how good Seattle is? I dont diss Seattle but I diss you and your punk ways! You never been as far as your moms basement so in the famous words of Matt Ryan and to paraphase a little….get the eff out or town and out of Dleds blog punk!

ln29576

January 11th, 2013
4:23 pm

Russell gonna melt some ice this weekend.

SeenThisBFalcon

January 11th, 2013
4:36 pm

SORRY IT DOESN’ TSNOW IN ATLANTA….

JSS

January 11th, 2013
5:44 pm

Learn to walk, you step in mess a lot…

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
5:53 pm

Cant deny that you on the streets all the time!
Rise Up!

JSS

January 11th, 2013
6:08 pm

Try sidewalks, oh they’re not available in the gully…

JSS

January 11th, 2013
6:37 pm

I hate interjecting fictional moments as an example into reality based scenarios, especially when dealing with socially underdeveloped people… Nevertheless, you and your sidekicks remind of the morons on the Island in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ Wrapped in phony piety to their cause, they never saw the failure (or danger) which was awaiting them because they were so tied to a dogma… It is a football “game.” I just hope you don’t go melting down all over the place ;-) (SCREAMS)!!!

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
6:56 pm

You already have King Idiot! You are the only idiot that admitelly shows up on a blog to talk about things you said you have no concern and dont care over! Lying thief! Movie themes now!? You little mental man have a place at the lighthouse on Shutter Island! Leonardo is waiting on you! Lying thief! Go back read your post and learn how to write a complete sentencoe…learn how to add the word “me” in your sentence when your referring to yourself! King Idiot lying thief! For someone to mention Falcon football in terms of danger and then call it amusement in the same breath continues to shine the King Idiot light on themselves! Which is it “amusement” or “danger”? Called your dumb idiot self to the carpet again! You attempt to speak with elegance yet you sound like Damon Wayans on an old version of In Living Color when he was the guy in prison using words that make sense only in a dictionary and never in anything you put in a blog! Just effing stupid!
We know who you are and if you want me to crown you I will crown you King Idiot….the lying thief!

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
6:59 pm

Go head correct the spelling…you still King Idiot lying thief….that will never change!

Big Crimson 75

January 11th, 2013
7:08 pm

Centuries cred…..!!! hahaha

Kurt Cobain — what a joke. Now their’s a fighter!! Someone willing to face life head-on, no matter what life throws at you.
Eddie Vedder owns him. Cobain(when he was alive) was jerk to Vedder & never failed to take a cheap shot at his music.
As if it were Vedder’s fault, Cobain had such excellent taste in women.
Ahhh yes, banging junk on a daily basis with your pregnant wife — now if that doesn’t scream century cred, what does?

Speaking of the Seattle music scene, Ann Wilson does understand they have surgeries nowadays capable of stapling your Tummy, doesn’t she?

As for Hendrix(the most over-rated musician in history), there’s another who fought the good fight!! Giving up at 27, or should I say running out of talent at 27.
I believe I might’ve given up also after the Band of Gypsys.

For the record, I had family in Lacey, Wa. Visited many times in the early 90’s. Seattle’s a nice Town, nothing special.

Big Crimson 75

January 11th, 2013
7:11 pm

…..JS – you’re a bi^ch.
which is ok.
Everyone has a part to play.

Answer This

January 11th, 2013
7:18 pm

Must be me JSS….ooops just checked the above…guess not! King Idiot!

JSS

January 11th, 2013
10:53 pm

Crimson, Corbain was troubled… But you take some perverse delight in his death? Seriously, that is amazing… As far as the gravy-train blogger, nothing he says even registers…

Only thing DiCaprio is waiting for is his next agent’s call, fantasy… reality… two different things… You on the other hand, just plain stupidity…

JSS

January 11th, 2013
10:59 pm

Crimson, of course taking shots at a trouble Cobain makes the Hank Williams and Elvis’s of the world who drank and ingested their way to the slab mighty brave in your world huh?

Michael M.

January 11th, 2013
11:26 pm

Battle of the Birds????…………Everyone knows a Seahawk is no match for a might Falcon !…………………………The Falcons know they have got to win this one Sunday or it is curtains……………………………… As Matt Ryan would say, ” don’t worry haters, I got this ! “

JSS

January 11th, 2013
11:36 pm

Ha ha, a fool who has not placed punctuation mark other than a period in his ramblings is going to call someone out on proper sentence structure… Go to sleep and work off that high, the chemicals are leeching…

ZinoDawg

January 12th, 2013
6:18 am

Seatlle does have legal weed – that’s a big edge!

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