Falcons arrive, are mistaken (by my Uber driver) for a funeral


Look! There’s a ballpark outside my window. (M. Bradley)

HOUSTON — Awaiting my ride from Bush International to downtown, my driver texted to say, “Police have all the traffic stopped for a funeral. All Uber drivers are delayed.” When finally he arrived, I said, “I’m pretty sure that wasn’t a funeral. That was the Falcons.”

(They’d landed at Bush 15 minutes before my plane did. They posed for pictures and got a police escort. I sat on the curb and waited for Uber.)

If you’re into omens, feel free to make hay of that one: “Falcons arrive at Super Bowl, are mistaken for funeral.” I’m not into omens. I’m actually — and don’t hold me to this, because my moods can be fleeting — in fine spirits. Flight was on time. Uber ride was fine. Hotel had my reservation.

Speaking of which: I’m on the 22nd floor of a rather nice place. (Way nicer than where I stayed for the Final Four here 10 months ago.) I have a view of Minute Maid Park, which is where tomorrow’s Opening Night will be staged. I also have a view of a Westin, but not the Westin where Atlanta’s team is staying. That’s in Memorial City, which is west of downtown.

The weather’s nice. Lots of people are walking around. The NFL Experience is ongoing. (I saw people in Broncos and Steelers and Texans regalia, but no Falcons stuff yet.) Traffic’s not great. (Houston traffic is a bit better than ours, but only a bit.) I’m here and I’m unpacked, and it’s only 25 hours until the first actual event — and exactly one week until they play the game.

Further Falcons:

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Football Outsiders: ‘Nightmare’ scenario sees Falcons blown out.

The Falcons are headed to the game that defies simulation.

A revealing take on Matt Ryan from someone who knows him well.

Memo to Boston: I won’t apologize for Atlanta or the Falcons.

The Falcons are underdogs, but they absolutely can win.

Facing the hated Patriots, the Falcons are now America’s Team.

A Super day: Atlanta domination, Atlanta validation.

The matchup: These Falcons against Atlanta history.

The Falcons have been here before; most of these Falcons haven’t.

How the soaring Falcons rebuilt on the fly.

ESPN: The 49ers will offer Kyle Shanahan their head coaching job.

In Aaron Rodgers, the Falcons will be facing the NFL’s Michael Jordan.

(Gulp) Here comes Aaron Rodgers. But the Falcons will still win.

If I’m the Falcons, I’m rooting for Dallas. (Yes, Dallas.)

The ascendant Falcons make short work of Seattle.

Don’t fret over these Falcons: They’re too good to flop.

Reviewing October’s epic Falcons-Seahawks game.

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Well! Well! OH:IO I am happy to see that you are rounding out into that same old humiliated butt-eye that we saw in the CFPs. Yeah! Yeah!, I'm still in mourning over the Tide losing but Tide humiliation losing to Clemson is a lot different than being stomped and stamped unfit for playoff contention like OSU. Last year Clemson said they just ran out of time.....true, as this year, the Tide just ran out of time. Both teams could have swapped scored for another 2 quarters or until they collapsed. The Tide may not be back in the big game next year....they're reloading and their powder may be a little damp, but they will be back.

Lest we not forget Tech. They did have a good year, by their standards, 9 wins is a good year by any standards. It's also good to see the basketball team with a chance to make the March debacle. It's amazing what a change in coaches can bring to a team. PJ going into a rant about unfair scheduling and the ACC is out to get them.......not a good move.

The Dawgs,... it's not going to be a great year but a good one. Look forward to 2018 when all of the new talent will be ready. Kirby's Dawgs are going to be real good in 2018.


Rise Up! TO and dog is a hole! 

United we stand..........

... until signing day the crowning of the dogs annual signing day National Championship, 


Rise Up Mark!!.....Enjoy your week and watching our Birds bring the metal home!!!!


Good to see that the AJC is staffing this game.

Looking forward to your coverage, MB.


Houston's a great city. Nice to have that job for this week. Hope MB enjoys it fully. Can't wait for kickoff. Rise up!!!