Veteran Reporter for the AP in Atlanta Suffers Through the Super Bowl

A painful front-row seat for Paul Newberry

Paul Newberry sees shades of 1996, 1988 and 1981.
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One of the first things tweeted out by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in the wake of their team’s devastating Super Bowl LI loss looked like this:

The article tagged by the AJC was in fact a quickly filed summary of the game by Paul Newberry, part of a team of six AP reporters and editors who congregated in Houston to cover Super Bowl LI. Newberry, who hails from and is based in Atlanta, has been with Associated Press since 1984.

On his Twitter account, Newberry exclaimed at one point during the Patriots’ surging comeback, ‘I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Then I remember where I grew up.’ In his article, he shares more of the same:

In the A-T-L, this will join the Braves blowing a 6-0 lead in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series, the Hawks squandering a chance to eliminate Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in the 1988 NBA playoffs, and Danny White leading the Dallas Cowboys back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Falcons in a 1981 playoff game.

But, really, nothing comes close to this level of sporting disappointment.

Or again, as Newberry framed the article on Twitter, ‘Make it 1 title in 169 seasons for Atlanta sports. Should be 2.’ In this case, we might add, painfully, you can’t spell Rise Up without RIP.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.