Finally, Atlanta won the Super Bowl.
Regrettably, this headline didn’t appear in The Tribune two years ago this week, when the Atlanta Falcons played in the Super Bowl. A second-half collapse was unforgettable, no matter how much we try.
But while the Falcons disappointed on the field this year, failing even to make the playoffs, the city was in the spotlight as host of Super Bowl 53 on Sunday. For a week, the sport world’s eyes were on Georgia, and people seemed to like what they saw.
When last the Super Bowl visited, in January 2000, back-to-back ice storms wreaked havoc on our area. (“Walton on Ice” was the headline locally.) A still-unsolved homicide in Buckhead didn’t help either.
But headlines were positive this go-around, a dull game, halftime show and commercials notwithstanding. The city and state gleamed as hosts.
We should credit our people, including at least two Walton County residents we know of who were official volunteers, welcoming the world to our state.
As much as it galls us to congratulate the Patriots, again, we acknowledge their victory and thank them for being good guests. We hope y’all will be back soon.