Posts Tagged ‘football’

VICTORY: NFL Relents – Hauls Super Bowl 50 Corporate Sculpture Ad From Alamo Square – NFL Badly Misled by Local “Host Committee”

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Get up to speed here:

Intrusive Super Bowl “50” Sculpture in Alamo Square Righted – But 90 Minutes Later, Angry Locals Topple It Again – Now It’s Irreparable – Photos

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:

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Now it looks like this – the 50 is GONE. The workers must have been arriving just as I was leaving earlier this AM:

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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..]

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So, questions:

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.

Intrusive Super Bowl “50” Sculpture in Alamo Square Righted – But 90 Minutes Later, Angry Locals Topple It Again – Now It’s Irreparable – Photos

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Get up to speed here:

“O0PS,” We Did It Again! – Local Residents Finally Topple One-Ton NFL Super Bowl “50” Ad Sculpture in Alamo Square

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:

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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?

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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 Square

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

[UPDATE: And be sure not to miss SUP’ BRO?” in Civic Center and “UP R BOWEL” up atop Twin Peaks.]

[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:

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But what happened was local citizens started attacking this giant metal ad. Look here our excellent HoodLine:

City Waived Fees For Controversial Super Bowl 50 Statues

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

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Then this thing got fixed again by the NFL or whomever, sort of. Note the missing aluminum strip around the “0”

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Then the letters were rearranged yesterday to say “O0PS

And now here’s the scene this morning – what, where did it go? Do you see the sculpture?

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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:

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And you see those reddish (metal?) plates?

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They’re what was weighing these ads down.

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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:

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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.

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Those are the Painted Ladies / Seven Sisters in the background

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I’m thinking this would be a good opportunity for the NFL to simply apologize and then get rid of this monstrosity this weekend.

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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:

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You know, as best they could.

Now look what’s happening up at Alamo Square now that news has come to light that our deadbeat NFL out negotiated our weak Mayor.

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:

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See what happened? The locals have gone hog-wild on it again and passersby are staring mouths agape:

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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:

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SUPERB OWL 50:

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What did this use to say? Was it “3 of 10?” Can’t tell now:

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NFL coins? Keyed, with extreme prejudice:

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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

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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…

Mayor Ed Lee Decries Comparing the Super Bowl to the America’s Cup, But He Himself Does It – A Lot – Examples

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Here’s 2016:

“I’ve heard some people try to compare the Super Bowl to the America’s Cup. That’s like comparing football to yachting, it doesn’t make sense”

So that’s the Party Line these days, Comrade. But let’s travel back in time to get a different take.

Here’s 2015:

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Here’s 2014:

“We have proven we can successfully host the world’s biggest events, including the MLB World Series in 2010 and 2012, the America’s Cup in 2013 and Super Bowl 50 in 2016″

Here’s 2013:

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And on and on.

And since we’re on the subject, let’s hear from our Prior Mayor about how the deadly, failed, costly 2013 America’s Cup boat race is/was three times bigger than any old Super Bowl anyway:

The report found that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco hosting the 34th America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.4 billion, almost three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).

So, if the “East Coast Media,” that monolith, mocks us from New Yawk, DeeCee, and Bahstahn, well, perhaps we deserve it, non?

What the Tourist Areas of Twin Peaks Need is a Little More Security, But What They’re Getting is This Giant NFL Ad Sculpture, “5 of 10”

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Well, here’s what it looks like, you know, before the Vandals get to it:

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(And this is what I was referring to: French tourists mugged on S.F.’s Twin Peaks – this kind of thing.)

And here’s the report on Super Bowl 50 already, even before the Big Game (what, the New England Patriots vs. the Carolina Panthers – should I care who wins, like, at all?) kicks off. Wow.

You know, I don’t think the NFL will be coming back to Frisco in 2023 or whatever, or really, anytime soon. This party isn’t good for us, and it’s not good for the NFL, right? Shouldn’t the Super Bowl be held on Eastern Standard Time in Florida in or someplace like that? Or someplace that can use it, like in Detroit? I think so.

So enjoy this corporate party while you can…

Speaking of which, here’s 3 of 10, I think:

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Hey, what’s going to happen next, NFL? I’ll bet it isn’t in your playbook, you know, the one with the cheesy black and gold color scheme. Hey NFL, you’re the invading army and the people of Frisco are the Na’vi,  with smooth, striped cyan-colored skin, large amber eyes, and long, sweeping tails, so you’re going to have to expect a few of your bulldozers to get burned down over the next few weeks.

And then? Then come these guys with the red paint (and the white pants, you know, for contrast) on Game Day. Enjoy.

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.

OMG, Here It Is: The Full List of Street Closures for Super Bowl 50 – You’re Supposed to Comment Upon This But It’s Too Late Now, Of Course

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Here’s the news:

“Not only does this list seem lengthy, but it’s really going before ISCOTT less than a month before the closures are needed? Doesn’t seem like that makes it truly open to change.

Here

from: here

Indeed, it does.

Oh well.

Of course, some will benefit and some will lose with the Super Bowl L. Does this nuanced attitude make me a Debbie Downer in eyes of our local SB promoters? It sure does.

Oh well.

Indeed.

“ISCOTT AGENDA
INTERDEPARTMENTAL STAFF COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION FOR
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES

Meeting of January 14, 2016 – Thursday, 9:00 AM 1377th Regular Meeting
Meeting Location: One South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, Room #6052/3
Note the change of location for this hearing
MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 17, 2015 MEETING (ACTION ITEM)
The Committee to adopt the Minutes.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Members of the public may address ISCOTT members on matters that are within
ISCOTT purview and are not on today’s agenda.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
These proposed actions are an Approval Action as defined by S.F. Administrative
Code Chapter 31.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
A. Jessie Street between 6th and Mint Streets; Mint Street between Jessie and
Mission Streets; Intersection: Jessie Street at Mint Street
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8 AM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
Big Game Event Red Carpet at Mezzanine
B. Quesada Avenue between Lane and Keith Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9 AM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 5 PM
Rebuilding Day Kickoff Event
C. Eastbound Terry Francois Boulevard between 3rd and China Basin Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 7 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2 AM
Pier 48 Private Event
D. 22nd Street between Illinois Street and Easterly Terminus
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 6 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 2 of 5
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 4 AM
AND
18th Street (MUNI and Local Access Only) between Indiana and Illinois
Streets; 20th and 22nd Streets (MUNI and Local Access Only) between 3rd

and Illinois Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:30 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 1 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:30 AM
AND
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2:30 AM
Pier 70 Concerts and Events
E. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Southbound Parking, Bicycle and Westernmost
Traffic Lane Only) between Grove and McAllister Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
NFL Owners Dinner Valet Parking
F. Folsom Street (Northernmost Parking and Traffic Lanes Only) between 4th
and 2
nd Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 PM to 11 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
G. Taylor Street (Easternmost Traffic Lane) between Geary and O’Farrell Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 6 AM to 11:59 PM
AND
Leidesdorff Street between California and Pine Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 5 AM to 4 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
H. Ellis Street (Westbound Parking Lane) between Powell and Cyril Magnin
Streets; Ellis Street (Northernmost Traffic and Parking Lane Only) between
Cyril Magnin and Taylor Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 AM to 11:59 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
I. 4
th Street (Westernmost Traffic and Parking Lanes Only) between Minna and
Howard Streets; Minna Street (Southernmost Lane Only) between 4th Street
and 550 feet westerly
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
5
th Street (Easternmost Lane Only) between Minna and Howard Streets
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 6 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 3 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 3 of 5
J. Hayes Street (Two Northernmost Traffic Lanes Only) between Polk and
Larkin Streets; Grove Street between Polk and Larkin Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (East and West Parking and Westernmost Northbound Traffic
Lanes Only) between Grove and Hayes Streets
Friday, February 1, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (Southbound Traffic Lane and Two Westernmost Northbound
Traffic Lanes Only) between McAllister and Grove Streets; Carlton B.
Goodlett Place/Polk Street between McAllister and Hayes Streets; Grove
Street between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue; Fulton between Larkin and
Hyde Streets; Tom Waddell Place between Van Ness Avenue and Polk
Street; Intersections: Grove Street and Waddell Place at Polk Street
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1 PM to 10 PM
NFL Honors Event
K. Market Street between Davis and Steuart Streets; Southbound Embarcadero
between Washington Street and Don Chee Way; Steuart Street between
Market and Don Chee Way; Spear and Main Streets between Mission and
Market Streets; Intersections: Main, Drumm, Spear and Steuart Streets at
Market Street
NOTE: Local Access Allowed on Steuart, Spear and Main Streets
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (westernmost southbound lane only) between Washington and
Clay Streets;
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (easternmost lane only) between Don Chee Way
and Mission Street
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (southernmost eastbound lane only) between Drumm
Street and The Embarcadero
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 4 of 5
Drumm Street (easternmost northbound right turn lane only) between
Washington and Clay Streets;
Monday, January 25, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Steuart Street (West Parking Lane Only) between Market and Mission Streets
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (Parking Lane Only) between Don Chee Way and
400 Feet Northerly
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM
AND
Main and Spear Streets (Parking Lanes Only) between Market and Mission
Street; Steuart Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Howard Street and
Southerly Terminus
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Davis Street (Westside Parking Lane Only) between Washington and Clay
Streets; Clay Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and Drumm Streets
Friday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Drumm Street (West Parking Lane) between Washington and Clay Streets
Sunday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Southside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm Street
and The Embarcadero
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Northside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm and Davis
Streets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between Clay and
Washington Streets
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Washington and Jackson
Streets; Jackson Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and
DrummStreets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between
Sacramento and Clay Streets; California Street (Southside Parking Lane
Only) between Davis and Front Streets; Mission Street (Southside Parking
Lane Only) between Steuart Street and The Embarcadero
Friday, January 29, 2016, 5 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 PM
Super Bowl City

Frisco Update: What’s “OUR VERSION OF THE LOUVRE” Museum? – It’s Levi’s Stadium, Per the Super Bowl L Host Committee

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

[UPDATE: Well I can’t really change the headline now, but perhaps it’s Levi’s Stadium itself running these ads? IDK.]

In the words of Hannibal Lecter, WHAT COULD BE MORE OFFENSIVE?

Via Reader James Corrigan comes this:

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(I thought it was officially Super Bowl L, but I guess we want to Keep Things Simple for fans by calling it SB 50?)

I’ll tell you, I know people who spend three(!) hours a day getting back and forth to northern Santa Clara County and that’s with the benefit of carpool lanes. But if you want to spend your time (what, four hours?) going to and coming back from Much Further South, like all the way down to the city of Santa Clara, well then be my guest. (Bring money.)

What are the headwinds here? Domestic Violence? Concussion Dangers? Losing Record? Personal Seat Licenses Dropping In Value By 80%? Coldplay? (Fucking) Train? Addled Transit In The 415 With Zero Compensation From The NFL / Our Vaunted Host Committee? (Hoist Committee? Heist Committee?)

IDK, man.

LEVI’S STADIUM, I served with THE LOUVRE.* I knew THE LOUVRE.*  THE LOUVRE was a friend of mine.* LEVI’S STADIUM, you’re no THE LOUVRE.

Let’s mark this down as 2015’s Most Offensive Pop-Up Ad of the Year.

*Oh, not actually – I’ve never been to Paris.