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It’s Official: San Francisco’s Recent Super Bowl 50 Corporate Party for the NFL was a “SUPER BUST,” per Our Castro Merchants and OthersMonday, February 29th, 2016
Well, here’s my memory of SFGov’s recent free-to-the-NFL hosting of Super Bowl L:
(I think this one is from shanand.)
But the grown-up rich kids running our local “Host Committee” (who of course don’t want to reimburse SFGov) think everything went so great for us that we’ll be ready to do this whole thing over again as soon as five years from now – Super Bowl LV let’s say.
But we haven’t even cleaned up all the garbage yet, and we haven’t had time to add up all our losses.
Oh look, our Castro merchants are now weighing in on what they’re calling “Super Bust 50.” See?
“As the Super Let Down after Super Bowl 50 starts to fade, let’s remember who is going to end up paying the biggest price for Santa Clara hosting this huge sporting event – – we are: local merchants, especially in The Castro. But, we are not alone, we hear, as local merchant associations all over San Francisco report down, soft revenues during SB50. From all over The Castro and Upper Market neighborhood, I’ve heard from fellow merchants. The nine days of official SB50 events in the City ballooned, for us, into over three weeks of SB50-related interruptions. Customer traffic (locals and visitors alike) and revenues were some of their slowest on record during what had been promised as a “busy time.” Nightmare predictions of over-crowded streets and traffic jams kept Bay Area local folks out of San Francisco. Running “Bustitues” instead of the F Line historic streetcars between The Castro and Ferry Building for over three weeks further hurt our area’s local and visitor traffic and revenues.”
Read all about it at our Market Street Railway.
I’ll tell you, I was in the office one time when a Marin County realtor* tried to screw over an Area Attorney by trying tack on about $3000 to the attorney’s own executed deal for him to buy a house. The realtor was like, “Well, it loks like you don’t want this deal then, Sir.”
This was his reaction:
“I’m going to sue you. I’m going to sue your supervising broker. I’m going to sue your brokerage. I’m going to sue…”
And then, magically, poof, all the supposed necessary fees went away. This is how an attorney represents an attorney’s own personal interests.
Now, do I think that the attorneys who negotiated this lousy deal between SFGov and the NFL represented We The People the way they represent themselves when, say they buy a house for themselves? No, not at all. They view this corporate party as a way to please certain parties and as a way to have fun and excitement themselves, a way to show that our not so large city is actually in fact “world-class” and a way to compensate themselves for all the stress and strain involved with putting up with us, Us The People.
Oh hey, is our hotel tax a one-for-one substitute for our SB50-reduced sales tax revenue for our suffering Castro merchants and others? NOT AT ALL! Take a look at where the revenue goes – some of it gets siphoned off, instead of going to run SFGov / pay our unfunded pension liabilities etc.
At least we’re not going to get the Olympics…
*Always lower-case. This is the only entry in my stylebook.
Comments re: “Super Bowl week wrapping up just in time” from San Francisco Chronicle Columnist CWNeviusSaturday, February 6th, 2016
“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…
NFL Killjoys Remove SUPER BOWL 50 Decals from Garish “50” Advertising Sculptures, So No More SUPERB OWL, No More ‘SUP BROMonday, February 1st, 2016
[UPDATE: Oh, also the similar giant ad at the Palace of Fine Arts has had its letters removed now too. So that makes this A Trend. One assumes our NFL invaders have tired of nos jeux sans frontières. Haha! ‘SUP BROS? You mad?]
Here’s how the ad atop Twin Peaks looks now – see? No more letter stickers:
Did the NFL PPL go up there and say, “The Hell With This” and then remove all the letters?
VICTORY: NFL Relents – Hauls Super Bowl 50 Corporate Sculpture Ad From Alamo Square – NFL Badly Misled by Local “Host Committee”Sunday, January 31st, 2016
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And here’s the latest from this morning – via LZ, we see that the NFL has relented to community pressure and it’s just removed the tacky “50” logo from Alamo Square:
Now it looks like this – the 50 is GONE. The workers must have been arriving just as I was leaving earlier this AM:
And now when you’re up at Union Square, the only way you can tell that San Francisco is hosting the party part of SB50 is this giant sign what’s supposed to tell tourists (and federal law enforcement?) not to keep valuables (or guns?) in cars, due to the high chances of break-ins in Mayor Ed Lee’s Frisco.
Sadly, the sign hasn’t been turned on yet. [UPDATE: Oh, per Hoodline, the sign IS on, it’s just that nobody can read it? You know, that’s even worse. The ones I saw last year were legible. Mmm..]
1. Are the NFL people going to repair or replace it and then bring it back? If so, then it will need security 24-7. Perhaps more on-the-clock SFGov employees can “volunteer” some more of “their” time for this purpose?
2. OTOH, perhaps the NFL will remove all the statues from SF? That would be a nice gesture, IMO.
3. Hey, isn’t the local Host Committee supposed to warn the NFL when the NFL wants to do something grossly inappropriate, like isn’t the Committee supposed to have local knowledge?
4. And how is the 50th Super Bowl [SB50] of 2016 not exactly like the 34th America’s Cup [AC34, aka “THE SUPER BOWL OF SAILING] of 2013? Check it:
“…we estimate that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco due to hosting an America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.37 billion. This is three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).”
See how that works – our disastrous, deadly America’s Cup was predicted to be a BIGGER deal than any old Super Bowl. Was/is that true? NOPE. Oh well.
Anyway, apologies to the people of Alamo Square. Sorry about all this.
Photoshopped Folk Art Mocks San Francisco’s Disastrous Hosting of Super Bowl 50 Party – “Super Tent City”Sunday, January 31st, 2016
This is not the problem for the NFL…
…but it’s a symptom of the problem, for the NFL.
Intrusive Super Bowl “50” Sculpture in Alamo Square Righted – But 90 Minutes Later, Angry Locals Topple It Again – Now It’s Irreparable – PhotosSunday, January 31st, 2016
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So some people stood this piece of NFL “art” back up yesterday, but at around 8:30 PM this thing went back down, and it stayed down. And that brings us to this morning, Sunday, January 31, 2016:
Here’s the report from late last night, from the midnight hour, I can feel the power:
“The sculpture had been righted when we returned to the area around 7pm. Then we heard a loud boom around 8:30pm– the satisfying metallic thud which meant it had been toppled again. BRAVO to the person(s) who did this again. SF loves you.”
This is no longer corporate advertising or corporate art – now it’s garbage. Look at it. Strewn coffee cups, aluminum cans, police CAUTION tape, oxidizing scrap iron plates all over, electronic guts and solar panels removed – it’s now garbage.
We’ve reached endgame. If the NFL people want, they can pick up their garbage afore they get cited (I mean, does the official permit allow it to be on the grass/mud? Nope) and then they could use this scrap to try again. I’m saying just look at the coin “art” graphic on the 0 in “50” – it’s been ripped away. It’s not presentable anymo is what I’m saying. Makeshift repairs aren’t going to cut it anymore. This monstrosity will need to go back to its Maker or it will need to be tossed.
Now what would happen if the NFL people replaced / repaired this thing 100% and then brought it back? The same thing, right?
Who thought this was a good idea?
“O0PS,” We Did It Again! – Local Residents Finally Topple One-Ton NFL Super Bowl “50” Ad Sculpture in Alamo SquareSaturday, January 30th, 2016
[UPDATE II: And look, this act of creative destruction has Gone National already, although I should point out that first this ad was altered to say “OOPS” and only later was it pushed over, probably by two separate crews. And look, now the NFL is paying money (our money!) for security guards to watch over some of the other “art” pieces. What’ll happen next???]
First it was all like this – the NFL people thought San Franciscans would line up to thank them for having us pay for their ads, like this ugliness in Alamo Square:
But what happened was local citizens started attacking this giant metal ad. Look here our excellent HoodLine:
See the image? It says, “Evict [Mayor] Ed Lee” in white spray paint.
Then the NFL people said that these ads are “graffiti resistant,” and they tried to clean things up.
Then the same “artwork” was altered by area residents to say “SUPERB OWL”
Then this thing got fixed again by the NFL or whomever, sort of. Note the missing aluminum strip around the “0”
And now here’s the scene this morning – what, where did it go? Do you see the sculpture?
I thought, well, what happened, did the locals simply haul it off or perhaps the NFL people decided this was too much of an embarrassment / distraction so maybe they hauled it away?
Oh, here it is! Boom:
And you see those reddish (metal?) plates?
They’re what was weighing these ads down.
So they wanted to make these ads look solid, but the truth is that they’re more like cheesy Beats Solo headphones, by Dr. Dre, oh well.
Oh look, a Google (and now Storer Transportation too?) bus stop in the background:
Cleverly, the latest crew of locals took the “0” from “Super Bowl 5o” to use as a capital “O” (along with the “O” in BOWL to form “O0ps.” Nice.
Those are the Painted Ladies / Seven Sisters in the background
I’m thinking this would be a good opportunity for the NFL to simply apologize and then get rid of this monstrosity this weekend.
Also, it’d be nice if the NFL could put like $20,000,000 in escrow to pay for having all their parties here. Then the City of SF could draw down the monies to pay for all our out of pocket expenses.
It might seem funny that most San Franciscans don’t want the NFL coming here, but this is the case. Sorry, America.
Host Rejects Parasite: SF Residents Repeatedly Attack NFL SB50 Sculpture at Alamo Square – SUPER BOWL –> “SUPERB OWL”Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
[UPDATE: And the latest alteration from the locals is SUPER BOWL —> ‘SUP BRO? right in front of City Hall, the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere. Simply, the NFL’s annual party is not welcome in this town. Sorry.]
[UPDATE II: Local toughs just went out and simply toppled this hefty statue. This is going to be a long Super Week…]
Remember when the Na’vi people let some Marines mine all their unobtanium on Pandora?
It looked like this – the people, La Raza ended up fighting back:
You know, as best they could.
So the initial attacks upon this tacky sculpture got cleaned up, but now comes something new, from last night or this morning.
For starters, here’s what it looks like from the back, just plopped down in the square:
See what happened? The locals have gone hog-wild on it again and passersby are staring mouths agape:
Hey look here – is This Guy (seen via Twitter user Shanan / ShananD) attacking the tacky sculpture or is he trying to do a repair? Or something else? I just can’t tell.
Tacky “gold” aluminum trim panel? Ripped out. NFL sticker on the side? Scratched out:
SUPERB OWL 50:
What did this use to say? Was it “3 of 10?” Can’t tell now:
NFL coins? Keyed, with extreme prejudice:
And oh yeah, did this thing used to have solar panels? I’ve never seen them – they were the first to go prolly. All what’s left are plastic holes on the back. I’ll tell you, every square foot of this monstrosity has been attacked, in some way or another
You’re not in Kansas anymore, Chief.
Col. Quaritch: You are in Frisco, Ladies and Gentlemen and Arabic Numerals. Respect that fact every second of every day. If there is a Hell, you might wanna go there for some R & R after SB50, cause out there beyond that fence every living thing that crawls, flies, or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubes. We have an indigenous population of humanoids called San Franciscans. They’re fond of verbal arrows dipped in a neurotoxin that will stop your solar panels in one minute – and they have backbone. They are very hard to kill. As head of NFL Security, it is my job to keep you “50” sculptures alive. I will not succeed. Not with all of you. If you wish to survive, you need to cultivate a strong, mental aptitude. You got to obey the rules: San Francisco Rules. Rule number one…