Reflections on the end of an error.
Pat Ryan’s 2016 post-mortem: We lost because everyone liked our bid so much. And just because:
Things that I think are true but can’t prove:
First round. Wow. QOTD: Mark Bazer on WGN radio, from Daley Plaza: “Even the Picasso sculpture just up and left.” Update: Tokyo’s out. No one ever listens to me. QOTD #2: WGN host (I’m closely paraphrasing): “There are now two cities left, though there’s probably much less interest in Chicago now. In sports, the Cubs […]
So saith the President in his IOC pitch (whether that’s something you want to brag about to the IOC I have no idea). He’s a homer, obviously, but just doing some back-of-the-envelope thinking, maybe he’s got a point:
* Mark Starr, former Newsweek Olympics expert, thinks that Rio is the best bet, and that their biggest problem as far as closing the deal is actually being the frontrunner. (h/t Mike) * NYT: Chicago – it’s the TV revenues, stupid. * Just heard on WGN: Phil Hersh quotes David Wallechinsky as saying without the […]
From the White House: RHETORIC: BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT “HAD THE OLYMPICS.” Glenn Beck said, “Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics.” [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09] REALITY: VANCOUVER’S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010. Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic […]
David Broder: “He may have bigger challenges now and in years to come, but nothing will endear Barack Obama to some of us more [Ed. note: !] than his decision to take a quick transatlantic round trip to lobby the International Olympic Committee on behalf of Chicago’s bid to be the host city of the […]
“I don’t think [Rio landing the World Cup helps them with the bid] …,” Daley answered. “That’s all soccer stadiums, it’s completely different.”* Because the IOC is very silly, this is apparently a big to-do. The article explains, insofar as such a thing is possible.
Oh, no: “But those tip jars reflect a negativity I sense is spreading. It’s an attitude virus that Chicago’s Olympics promoters might have counteracted if they had listened carefully to what Chicagoans are saying about the Olympics, and if they’d made a bigger pitch for one little word: fun.” I don’t think talking even further […]
One last argument for why Chicago doesn’t need, want, or deserve the 2016 Olympic games.
“Just 10 days before Chicago learns whether it will win the crown jewel of tourist draws“ I dunno. Then again: shot put!
Unless what? What would it take to put taxpayers on the hook? “An earthquake or something or a tornado,” he said. Isn’t that why we have the insurance? Isn’t that all the insurance really does?
I think the unasked question in all this 2016 coverage is this: why can’t there be corruption insurance? If your answer is “because that’s insane,” then you tell me where we’re going to get our next stock market bubble. I’d like to arrive at my midlife crisis with some money in the bank.
I realize I’m biased, but there’s some really, really good stuff this week.