Nice article. Non-sports fans may look at the loss (and the history of losing in Atlanta sports) as unimportant and irrelevant, but the underlying current may speak more about our city than we'd like to admit.
Teams don't win championships. Organizations win championships. It's no coincidence that teams from cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Boston regularly hoist trophies while the rest of the nation sits on the couch and watches in adoration. Putting together a successful team starts at the very top, and as major city, Atlanta's apparent failure to attract elite-level management to build elite-level pro sports teams is an unfortunate reflection on our hometown. While the outcome of a sporting event may be irrelevant in and of itself, it is a symbol reflective of the caliber of Atlanta nonetheless. If we are a truly great city, then we should be enjoying an influx of talent (athletic and managerial) that would be apparent in our teams.
The Falcons are a well-constructed and well-run organization. I have tremendous respect for what Blank has done with the team, as would anybody who follows Atlanta sports. That game was such a letdown because it reminded us that while we have gotten close, we're not there yet.
Still, for a few hours last Sunday, this city felt united. That should count for something.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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