The Atlanta Falcons came to Seattle Monday night and kind of ran over the Seahawks like a bus. But back east, the Falcons’ old stadium, the Georgia Dome, had to contend with a bus of its own.
In a video with comedic timing so perfect it might as well have been shot for “Saturday Night Live,” The Weather Channel suffered the worst possible fate during a live stream Monday afternoon intended to show the destruction of the 71,250-seat stadium.
Positioned a ways away and across a street, the Dome fills the frame of the video and people are lined along a guardrail getting ready to capture the explosions on their own cameras.
“6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 …” says a voice over a loud speaker before an initial explosion starts the sequence. And into the frame rolls a MARTA city bus, completely blocking The Weather Channel’s shot of the historic event in the 25-year-old building’s history.
“&*%^! Get out of the way, bus!” shouts a voice from behind the camera, with a couple more bleeps thrown in. “Argh! Man, lady!” the voice says as the driver engages the bus and pulls away, revealing a cloud of smoke where the Dome used to be.
Today on The Weather Channel, cloudy with a chance of F-bombs.
Meanwhile, back in Seattle, the Falcons were having fun scoring early and often against the Seahawks — and scoring points on Twitter at MARTA’s expense.
REALLY, MARTA?! pic.twitter.com/t2D6dXX9lc
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 21, 2017
And it only makes sense to connect that city’s Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority back to Seattle (where the city blew up its Kingdome back in 2000).
As KING 5 reported a couple years ago, MARTA is the rapid transit system that Seattle should have gotten had its voters not rejected millions of dollars in federal funding nearly 50 years ago.
From the story:
King County voters rejected the regional bonds necessary to fund the rail plan — first in 1968 and then more decisively in 1970 — leaving $900 million in federal funds on the table, or more than $5 billion in 2015 dollars.
That money went to Atlanta, a city that was happy to take what Seattle turned down. With those federal dollars and local matching funds, Atlanta built MARTA — a subway system that carries nearly a quarter million riders every day.
In 2017 Seattle, forget missed field goals for a second. That lost transit dream is enough to make you want to implode.