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Comments re: “Super Bowl week wrapping up just in time” from San Francisco Chronicle Columnist CWNevius

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Super Bowl week wrapping up just in time

“Meanwhile, even the crustiest critic has to admit that Super Hype Week went nicely here in the city…”

Let’s see here, change crustiest to typical and critic to San Franciscan and then change the last part to “…DID NOT WANT TO PAY MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS FOR THIS PARTY AND, ERGO, DID NOT WANT THIS CORPORATE PARTY COMING HERE.” So Chuck is WRONG WRONG here. This whole thing has been a fiasco. Hey, let’s check the Chronicle!

“…although it wasn’t a great performance by prognosticators.”

CWNevius is an unedited columnist so he’s free to lie as much as, say, Willie Brown in Willie’s World? Seems that way. IRL, Chuck’s handlers in the SB50 / PR / SFGov world were fretting rain would spoil Our Big Day, so Chuck picked up on that. But who cares if it rains on a football game? IDK! Anyway, he wrote that our stupid weather forecasters “had no idea” about the forecast for The Big Game like ten days out, but IRL a quick check online at that time revealed a forecast of just a 5% chance of rain. So no big whoop, right?

“TV weather people started the week before the week with dire predictions of frog-strangling rainstorms, changed the call to “iffy, but pretty wet,” and finally settled on “70 degrees and sunny at game time, just like we said.”

So, IOW this three part narrative is a lie. (What Chuck should do is add, “As I remember it…” or “IMO…” in front of EVERY ONE OF HIS SENTENCES. I mean, that would help a lot, ’cause then there’d be a chance of what he’s saying is actually true

epic, end-of-the-world traffic jams

Straw dog. How many businesses are out a lot of money now IRL? Chucks laughs at your “Chicken Little”-ism

Even the inevitable protesters did the city proud (fingers crossed that nothing bad happens at the last minute).

Chucks frets over increased transportation hassles due to protests afore SB50 tomorrow AM, because that’s what his handlers have discussed with him. Yes, expect protests, perhaps on/near a freeway. Would that be “ugly?” IDK.

The only “reporters” called on…

Is CWNevius a reporter? I’m srsly. He’s mocking his fellow journalists? That’s rich.

And finally, in City Hall, Supervisors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin are wondering if it’s too late to get the NFL to renegotiate the financial deal.

Well, most of the city of SF wonders the same thing, right? Is Chuck against the NFL paying for its party here? Is he against asking the NFL to kick in $10-$20 million into the General Fund? Whatever you think of this fiasco, one that has put CWNevius Hero Ed Lee’s approval numbers at their lowest ever, wouldn’t it be better if the NFL kicked in for it? And we can’t even ask the NFL about it, you know, officially?

Hey, how about this – how about the NFL should pay us back at the beginning of negotiations for us doing this again for SB56 or SB57? And then, if they NFL doesn’t want to pay for its next party here, it should have it somewhere else, somewhere where it’s actually wanted…

The Horror, the Unspeakable Horror: $900 NIKE Brand SB50 Bomber Jacket, $150 T Shirt – YAY Super Bowl!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Uh, $900 for this? So, you’re not a fan of this particular team, or that one, no no – you’re a fan of SB50 itself? WTF to that. Who on Gaia’s Green Earth would wear this thing, and in what context?

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Let’s see here, are you a rich, born-rich philanthropist kid who thinks you deserve a medal for foisting SB50 upon us and then sending the bill? Then here’s your jacket. Are you a Mr. Magoo of a Mayor who wonders WHYDON’TPEOPLELIKEMEITMUSTBEBASEDUPONRACISM after made a prrolythought out handshake deal? Again, here’s your jacket. (But under no circumstances should you wear this thing in public – just hang it in your closet.)

Oh, what else. Oh, you see the gold star? That’s SB50, the only one that matters, apparently. (But IRL, SB LI will be a bigger deal than SB50, sorry. Just you wait!)

Oh, and what’s the forecast for the “Big Game?” Not a chance of rain and temps in the 70’s? Well, then let’s break out the Type A-2 flight jackets you know, for the “warmth?”

Also, “Dunk High?” WTF?

CRAFTED WARMTH FOR THE BIG GAME
The SB50 Nike Speed Destroyer Men’s Jacket celebrates a major milestone in the game’s history with premium embroidery, historical details and gleaming gold accents. A warm wool blend, leather sleeves and lightweight insulation help keep the cold at bay in the stands and on the street.
BENEFITS
Wool blend and lightweight fill provide insulation
Leather sleeves for a premium look and durability
Full zip with snap storm flap helps block out the elements
Rib cuffs and hem lock in warmth
Front welt pockets, chest zip pocket and interior zip pocket
PRODUCT DETAILS
Interior storm-flap embroidery commemorates the date of the game
Fabric: Body: 55% wool/45% polyester. Sleeves: 100% cow leather. Lining: 100% nylon. Fill: 100% polyester.
Do not wash or dry clean
Imported
DESTROYER ORIGINS
Back in 2006, Nike designers began a mission to re-craft iconic sports apparel in the most technical materials they could find. The ubiquitous American varsity jacket was an obvious choice for the experiment that would become Nike Sportswear. Raiding the All Conditions Gear (ACG) innovation cache, they found fabrics, laminates, and bonding methods that could brave nasty weather but still look fresh. The first Nike letterman jacket was for an imaginary team called the Dunk High Destroyers, and limited numbers were produced. The next version got even more technical, but the Destroyer name stuck.

No no, what you really need is a nice T for the Super Bowl. Just $150! What’s a 2000% markup, you know, among friends?

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Nike should gather up all its tacky, overpriced, unsold SB50 merch and then have a big bonfire on Monday.

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Typical San Francisco Tourist Attractions Look Like a Ghost Town During This Super Bowl Week – SUBSTITUTION in Action?

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

What’s this, the gigantic aquarium at our California Academy of Sciences at 1:58 PM on a Wednesday afternoon? Oh, that’s right, we’ve lost our Regular Visitors due to all the hassles of our money-losing Super Bowl.

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Is it usually like this? IDK, but I ain’t never seen this area totally empty afore.

And let’s look across the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse to the alleged* Fourth Busiest Museum in America, our de Young Museum:

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Similarly, I’ve never seen it look like this during operating hours. I saw one cab waiting for bidness (and another one to camera right – I cropped that one out). Maybe a couple ppl milling about. Mind you, this is more than two hours afore Closing Time.

And let’s head down to the entrance of The Academy on our way out. Camera left had a few people in front of the Cafe on the west side (I think? The ocean side, the makai side, Bruddah) of the building. In mitigation, at one point at least, the small Explorer’s Cove was full up (with the keiki, Bruddah) as evidenced by one baby in a stroller waiting in line to get in.

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Again, never seen it like this.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Contact our cultural institutions and ask them “How’s bidness during this relatively rain-free Super Week?” And then, contact any old economist to discover why paying million to host a Super Bowl party might not actually be “GOOD FOR EVERYBODY IN SAN FRANCISCO.”

Aloha.

Bruddah

*Certainly, this was the case, say, around the time when we had the King Tut roadshow. As to whether that’s the case now, or in a typical year, I know not…

Dolores Park Hockey Player – Loaded for Bear – A True San Francisco Pioneer

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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Oh My, Here’s the Tackiest Super Bowl “50” Sculpture Yet: “7 of 10” in a “Mirror Gold” Wrap, Like a Tech Bro’s Lamborghini

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

OK, here’s how we start – it’s 7 of 9* in a silver wrap:

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And here’s the latest – the newest giant gold Super Bowl 50 “50.” It’s “7 of 10” in a gold wrap:

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In the words of Hannibal Lecter, what could be more inapproriate?

Oh maybe this, a random SF tech bro’s gold-wrapped Lambo:

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And the funny thing is that SB50 doesn’t really affect me myself a whit – I already know which areas to avoid, like the plague, so I’m not personally aggravated at all. Simply, SB50 was a bad deal for us, SB50 was a sad deal for us. And say what you will about how this football match down in Santa Clara somehow makes us a “world-class city,” but it doesn’t, not at all. And wouldn’t you admit that this event would be a better deal for us if the NFL kicked in for all what we’re doing for them? You know, like $5 million or $10 million or whatever figure people calculate long after we can do anything about it? What did the America’s Cup end up losing us, something like low 8 figures, right? (At least we didn’t guarantee PSL revenue for the already-failed Levi’s Stadium the way Santa Clara did, so things could be worse, I’ll admit.) Anyway, the people pushing the America’s Cup on us admitted it would only really pay off if the event came back two or three times in the coming decade. But we know now that that’s not gonna happen. And similarly, I can’t see the NFL wanting to come back here in seven years or whatever our civic boosters are counting on / yearning for. Sry.

That’s a wrap!

*Here’s all what I know about Star Trek – it was such a rip off of Forbidden Planet it’s not even funny, Tribbles, Spock dies / gets reborn, somehow, Khaaaaaaan!, and the character name Seven of Nine, that’s it, sry. (Oh, and don’t miss the cosplay version. Yowzer.)

A Half-Decade Back, Journalist CW Nevius Moved to Frisco and Then Promoted the Deadly America’s Cup Fiasco – History Repeats with SB50?

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

I’ll tell you, back in the day, a way back in 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle’s CW Nevius decided it would be neat to move to San Francisco from someplace in the east bay, like Walnut Creek or Concord or Pleasant Hill (or, well, it’s all the same basic place right?) and then start promoting the idea of his new-found home hosting Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup. He called this eventual fiasco:

“…a wonderful opportunity without a downside.”

But there were downsides, right?

So now five years later this same newcomer is promoting Super Bowl 50.

It looks like this, so far:

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But most people in San Francisco don’t want the Super Bowl, right?

And isn’t it funny that it’s only CW Nevius, who’s had his pom poms revoked due to the America’s Cup fiasco, is the only Member of the Media cheering on SB50?

I think so…

Our Union Square Hilton Reminds Us All We’re Hosting Part of Super Bowl 50 – Big Gold Letters – Super Classy!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Oh so classy!

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I mean, what could be classier?

Take that, Paris!

Note to the NFL: If You Go Too Far with Corporate Sponsorships in San Francisco, You’re Going to Get Blowback – Sorry – Here’s an Example

Friday, January 15th, 2016

I don’t know who would pay a bunch of money for some advertising sculpture and then leave it out on a Western Addition sidewalk overnight, but it’s got to be somebody with a high tolerance for vandalism.

What our Local Host Committee might not have told you, NFL, is that Things Are Different Here, say compared with Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando and all those other places filled with people who actually want you to come visit every seven years.

Sorry.

To make my point, let’s head on over to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to check out this plaque celebrating General Motors (GM, actually Old GM, the one we had before the big bankruptcy):

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You see, back in the 1990’s, GM just gave us the low six figures it took to put in the beloved Panhandle Playground and all it asked in return was this wooden plaque. It’s says “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN* DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But the corporate part got chiseled away, by angry hippies.

Sorry, GM.

Do you really want to come back to SF to hosts your parties  for Super Bowl 57 or SBLXII or whatever? I don’t think you do, NFL.

Hey, what about LA as your Permanent West Coast Venue?

Just asking…

*A kind of car at the time. The branding had an Apple-ish kid of appeal, at the time. Ironically, SF never even had a local Saturn dealer, but a local ad agency did the branding so we ended up with a free playground.

Unnecessary Roughness or “Roughness Necessary” – Let’s Ask This Oakland Raiders Fan

Monday, December 28th, 2015

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BREAKING: Area Man Pushing a Jogging Stroller While Actually Jogging

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

I’ve never seen this before – look, both feet are off the ground at the same time and he’s not in a crosswalk

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Good for him!