The Dome wasn’t very old, but Falcons owner Arthur Blank wanted a state-of-the-art facility for his NFL and MLS teams and was willing to pitch in a huge amount of money to make it happen. The new building cost about $1.5 billion, with Blank’s group paying for the bulk of it. The city of Atlanta authorized a $200 million contribution of its own.

Just so much grit here. Football has its roots in the blue collar trades around the Great Lakes, and no teams embody that lineage more than the Packers and Steelers. I’m putting the Browns in here too. Even though they’re named after Paul Brown, they really are the story of the Rust Belt in football form. And, yeah, the 49ers are named for a grizzled old prospector with a pick axe, but we have to make some compromises to get these divisions to work.

The Packers and Steelers in the same division should make for two of the better regular-season games every year. I’m sure the 49ers and Browns will be relevant someday too; hang in there! For now, I’d say the Steelers would win out. Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown would just confuse the hell out of Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers when the game actually counted.

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