After latest loss, down with the Dome!

OK, I give up. After watching the championship hopes of both the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons die on the same end of the Georgia Dome’s field in less than two months, I’m finally on board with tearing that place down. Either that, or figure out a way to shorten that end of the field by 10 yards when the fourth quarter begins.

I’m kidding. Sort of.

Programming note: I’ll be blogging and tweeting about the president’s inaugural address today. There’ll be a separate post for that, which I’ll publish around 11 a.m.

Until then, feel free to treat this as an open thread for commenting on all the matters you didn’t get to discuss over the weekend. And for those of you who are frustrated with the short time frames for commenting lately, know that a solution will be in place soon. If you spend much time on the sports blogs, you’ve already seen that change there. I’m not sure when we’ll make the transition on the opinion blogs, but it’s supposed to be soon.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 21st, 2013
10:10 am

Awesome idea on the format.

What could you possibly have to tweet about the emasculation? The vast waste of taxpayer dollars on such extravagance? The mountains of trash left behind by the eco terrorists?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 21st, 2013
10:13 am

The Falcons are the boys of September. The heroes of the 1st half.

Tom Brady is a punk.

DAWG POUND

January 21st, 2013
10:16 am

Can get quite expensive tearing down stadiums everytime the Falcons or Bulldogs lose a big game. LOL, this Kyle’s generation (AKA the Trophy Kids) version of flipping the ole checkers board.

Rest assured whether the game was played on grass or turf, inside or outside…the Falcons would have lost. They were exposed in both playoff games with the inability to make successful adjustments at halftime. Coaches need to look into the causation of their game plans before looking into new stadiums, LOL!

Lil' Barry Bailout - OBAMAPHONE!!!

January 21st, 2013
10:19 am

Tear down Deion’s House? Kind of an expensive temper tantrum.

indigo

January 21st, 2013
10:26 am

I am not a football expert but I do have a question.

How many pro football teams we started AFTER the Falcons and have gone on to win a Super Bowl?

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

January 21st, 2013
10:34 am

Can’t tear down the stadium every time the Falcons or Dawgs lose a big game, it was not the fault of the Georgia Dome. Looked like a loud packed house doing their part, the pitiful Defense was the one, who did not do their part. Maybe we need to tear the Defense down and start over.

Anyway, looking forward to the premier of the Reign of Error part 2, the sequel, beginning at Noon. Now maybe we can start counting down the days.

Don Abernethy

January 21st, 2013
10:37 am

Money interests will force the building of the new dome. They will come up with some spin that they hope will keep them in office after they vote to build it.

Kyle Wingfield

January 21st, 2013
10:39 am

DAWG POUND and Lil’ Barry: As noted, I’m joking here.

But I don’t put this loss on the coaches. On the contrary, I think the defensive coaches in particular enabled the Falcons to get a lot closer to the Super Bowl than the defensive talent should have afforded. Man, does that team need some new linebackers and a guy or two who can rush the passer.

indigo @ 10:26: I think the only team founded more than a year or so after the Falcons to have won the Super Bowl is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

January 21st, 2013
10:39 am

I hear Alge Crumpler and Kellen Winslow have volunteered to unretire and play for any team playing the Falcons. Tight end always open over the middle, sounds good to them.

beta

January 21st, 2013
10:41 am

Indigo, I don’t have an answer to your question. Just an observation about the Falcons. They are an entirely different organization since the Smith family no longer owns them. I think we will continue to see good things from them. I expect to see the win a SB in the near future. Thoughts from one who met the first Atlanta Falcons quarterback in their first season in 9th grade in a HS school where football was treated as an academic subject for all, especially the girls.

jconservative

January 21st, 2013
10:49 am

It’s just a football game!

If the Falcons want a new stadium they can build one with their resources, not public money.

The important question is what combination of revenue and spending will we use to cut deficits by $1 trillion a year?

Bruno

January 21st, 2013
11:00 am

Rest assured whether the game was played on grass or turf, inside or outside…the Falcons would have lost.

Though I was pulling for the Falcons, I think the better team won, DAWG POUND.

Early line for the SB has the Niners favored by 4 pts. I keep trying to count Baltimore out of it, but may have to reconsider.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

January 21st, 2013
11:00 am

jconservative

First you have to have some one in the WH, who actually thinks that cutting deficits is a good idea.

Bruno

January 21st, 2013
11:12 am

The important question is what combination of revenue and spending will we use to cut deficits by $1 trillion a year?

jconservative, I’ve put this chart up several times because it gives us our easiest way to see the big picture regarding spending and revenue.

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/displayafact.cfm?Docid=200

What the chart shows me is that while revenue has fallen somewhat from the peak years of 2006-2008 from $2.5 T vs. $2.3 T in 2011, spending has soared, going from an average of $2.7 T in those same peak years vs. $3.6T in 2011. Yet somehow the Dems want to convince us that it’s not primarily a spending problem.

Bruno

January 21st, 2013
11:25 am

Kyle–I’m a little surprised that you didn’t run the obligatory Civil Rights column today. The Dems continue to claim credit for equal rights legislation in our country, though the actual record going back to the 1800s proves otherwise.

The only thing the Dems can really take credit for is “special rights” legislation, in which you are either favored or disfavored based upon the demographic group you are assigned to, e.g. Affirmative Action and Hate Crimes laws. Proponents of such legislation claim that it is the only way to erase historic disadvantages. Others, like myself, feel that any legislation which is race-based, however well-intended, will only keep the racial divide alive.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 21st, 2013
11:25 am

Brooks is a Democrat serving Nevada Assembly District 17 in northern Clark County.

Atkinson said Brooks had been telling people Kirkpatrick’s “first day as speaker would be her last.”

Brooks was arrested without incident during a traffic stop near Carey Avenue and Mount Hood Street. A law enforcement source said a gun was found in Brooks’ car.

A perfect case study for our new mental health initiatives. And another example of some lunatic liberal who just get over some perceived slight.

Kyle Wingfield

January 21st, 2013
11:37 am

The thread for discussing Obama’s second inaugural address is now live upstairs. If you want to discuss other topics, please do so on this thread. Thanks.

Bruno

January 21st, 2013
11:43 am

First you have to have some one in the WH, who actually thinks that cutting deficits is a good idea.

Rafe–I’ve decided that the Dems really have no interest in getting the budget under control. To do so requires some hard spending cuts, which they’re not willing to go on record as supporting. Especially since they’re getting so much political mileage out of demonizing the Republicans over the whole process.

From what I can see, the only viable “solution” to getting the debt under control is hyper-inflation, which is the only way to reduce the magnitude of the problem. There’s no way to pay it back using today’s dollars, especially since we’re nowhere close to a balanced budget.

Lil' Barry Bailout - OBAMAPHONE!!!

January 21st, 2013
12:04 pm

I know you’re joking, Kyle. I was referring to the collective temper tantrum.

Real Athens

January 21st, 2013
5:08 pm

Kyle -

You want to fix the commenting section on your blog? The solution is simple.

Require everyone to register with a name and identifiable phone number. As a long time letter-to-the-editor guy at the AJC, anytime I was published I got a call, confirming my name and the letter was mine.

If people have to sign their name to their “art”. They’re less likely to try and pass off garbage out of fear of scorn or embarrassment.

Take the initiative. Be a trailblazer. Care more about the Fink and Russell side of journalism than the Wenthe or Tinkham.

Cletus

January 21st, 2013
6:58 pm

Give us a championship, then maybe we can talk about using millions of tax $’s to help subsidize a new stadium.

The Ryan apologists don’t want to hear it, but the best move the team could make right now is to go quarterback shopping. That, and try to convince Tony G. to hang around another year.

Fan

January 22nd, 2013
5:58 pm

Falcons couldn’t make it thru the playoffs at Fulton County Stadium, here’s an idea, let’s build a Dome.
Falcon’s can’t make it thru the playoff’s at the Georgia Dome, here’s an idea, let’s build another Dome.

Anyone notice the trend?