Dear NFL owners: Atlanta could use another team, too

 

Think how easy and natural it would be for Atlanta fans to chop for the Chiefs.  (Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Think how easy and natural it would be for Atlanta fans to chop for the Chiefs. (Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

If the Royal Order of Old Rich White Men see fit, Los Angeles soon may go from a professional football desert to a two-team paradise.

These owners have to power to move teams about like Parcheesi pieces, while wiping their feet on the very powerful civic emotions that these franchises inspire. And all they do as a result is get richer, pocketing the relocation fee, pulling in a half a billion without even have to stand in line for a Powerball ticket.

“Feckless thugs in business suits,” one St. Louis columnist labeled the NFL owners. The outrage is just a little comical considering that the Rams were not exactly original to the Gateway City.

Think how great it will be for L.A.  if either the Chargers or Raiders join the Rams. What a bounty of riches it would be to have a back-up team, something to fall back on in case of emergency. Just as all those Lakers fans can now switch into their Clippers wear, the football folk of L.A. can enjoy the versatility of the reversible football jersey.

Come to think of it, wouldn’t it be nice to have a spare team in Atlanta, seeing how this Falcons thing has gone 50 years without producing a single championship parade?

Failing to build a winner the slow, tortuous way, it may be time to import.

OK, we don’t want the Cincinnati Bengals – or really anyone from the AFC North. Atlanta has enough senseless violence without going out and buying some more.

Don’t want the Raiders, regardless of how much they seek escape from Oakland. Their fans make Freddy Krueger look like the Dalai Lama.

We’d take the Patriots, I guess, but there’s some baggage they’d have to leave in New England. And Gisele Bundchen must relocate.

How about the Packers? It was kind of cute and kitschy to have a pro football team in a permafrost trading post for 90 years or so. But isn’t time they move into town?

But first on my list is the Kansas City Chiefs. They seem an up-and-coming outfit, a hot playoff team that is benefiting from Andy Reid’s large presence.

The name would fit right in, summoning memories of the Atlanta Chiefs soccer team of the 1960s and ‘70s. Offensive Native American nicknames seem to suit us.

And Missouri has proven such fertile ground for plunder.

Somebody make this happen.

And we’ll take their baseball team, too. We’re going to have a spare stadium soon.

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29 comments
HeyThere
HeyThere

AHEM. The Falcons DID have a championship parade. It was for the 1998 NFC championship right after they lost the super bowl... Hey, I'm trying here.

ReallyAJC
ReallyAJC

Dear people of Atlanta. If you want to read the AJC for free and get around their misguided firewall:  use Chrome browser,  Go to File -- OPen New Incognito Window --> paste URL from myajc.

JAS0N
JAS0N

"Offensive Native American nicknames seem to suit us."


In case you weren't aware...

The native americans were the first to settle the land we currently call our home.  

We are merely paying homage to those who settled this land first.

HeyThere
HeyThere

@JAS0N damn he said native american what else do you want??

ErkMunson
ErkMunson

Atlanta will have 2 minor league baseball teams in the metro area, so why not?

RangeRover
RangeRover

No, not a team from another city.  There's something much more special about a franchise that is born in your city versus praying on the misfortunes of another city and their fans,

This is what makes the Falcons more special as they are Atlanta born, versus the Hawks that came from--believe or not, Saint Louis--and the Braves who came from Milwaukee, and before this, Boston. 

Lougee
Lougee

Why does Atlanta need another team? First they need the team they already have to win. This is the only team that can figure out a way to lose regardless of the score. LOSERS.

KingByumayuma
KingByumayuma

If cities lose millions like people lover to claim because of NFL teams and their stadium deals, then why are they so upset when they leave?  People call NFL stadiums "welfare for Billionaires" but when the contract is up and the Owner decides to go to anther city for a better deal the city they are leaving acts like a jilted ex. I understand the fans begin upset, but why are the city leaders so upset? All of the millions people claim the city gives these billionaires can now go to schools to libraries or whatever they want to improve the city. 


Either building stadiums for the NFL makes money for the city or it does not. It seems their is a group of people who like to claim NFL owners cost cities millions no matter what they do. Steve Hummer seems to be one of those people..... 

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It's great that we have a bunch of white guys to parse out the very difficult topic of what should and should not be considered offensive to minorities. 


You guys should form a committee. 

Sundi
Sundi

Dumb idea so I won't even read the article. Atlanta is not LA or NY and has too bandwagon "fans" to even handle one pro team. Look at Cleveland and Oakland- these are true fans that have continued to fill the stadiums. It would be horrible of the Raiders leave Oakland again.

HadleyV
HadleyV

arthur wants a lot more money than he's making now! if he doesn't get it with this new stadium, he may move the team to a bigger market with a $100 million check from the NFL!!!

Sundi
Sundi

Hopefully this new dome doesn't success at all. They started off with a sin by pushing off a church which is pathetic. I will not be purchasing tickets for any event held there. Same for the Braves running to Cobb county. I hope they lose many fans that can no longer get to the stadium.

HadleyV
HadleyV

@Sundi will that church put some kind of curse on ATL even though they got paid millions to relocate???

KingByumayuma
KingByumayuma

@EndofThird  LOL Arthur is footing 1 billion dollars of his own money of a 1.3 billion dollar building the city will own. You he is just trying to get rich off the city, even though thte 300 million dollars is coming for a hotel tax and not from ANY money the city already has...




DumbandDumber
DumbandDumber

Braves and Chiefs are offensive names now? Surely you jest?

Bhorsoft
Bhorsoft

I hate how everyone keeps saying "that the Rams were not exactly original to the Gateway City."  It seem to me that there is a certain team named after a bird that isn't exactly original to the Arizona desert.  


And then there are the Browns, Ravens, and the Colts...


I also wouldn't be surprised to see the St. Louis Falcons soon if the Atlanta version doesn't perform well in their new House that Arthur (really the taxpayers) built.

Decaturian
Decaturian

@Bhorsoft really that arthur built. and he won't move the falcons and certainly not STL, it's a baseball/hockey town not football

KingByumayuma
KingByumayuma

@Bhorsoft You need to do a little research and educate yourself on the subject. You sound like an idiot, what percentage do you think the tax payers paid for the stadium?? Do you evne know? Or are you just talking about of your #$$

Decaturian
Decaturian

we could use a pro baseball team, since all we have are minor league affiliates currently

Gman84
Gman84

Let's start with getting one real pro football team and go from there.

TOJacket
TOJacket

What the hell is offensive about "Chiefs"...........god you're liberal puke!......thank god the Seminole nations "Chief"isn't a panty-waist bleeding heart and allowed FSU to keep their mascot.......and a great one at that!

John Galt 47
John Galt 47

How is the name Chiefs offensive? It isn't making fun of Native Americans in any way. It's kind of the same as calling a team the Kings.

extremus
extremus

"Offensive Native American nicknames seem to suit us."

Spoken like a typical liberal-PC columnist.  If you don't like Atlanta's sports teams (and by extension, going by that comment, the fans of Atlanta) then what are you doing writing columns for the AJC?

SuperCelebrity
SuperCelebrity

@extremus Get a grip, this article is a farce. It's meant to be funny, which I had a chuckle or two from it. I don't think he ever says he doesn't like the fans of Atlanta.