Below the fold, because we’ve all had a lot.
Believe me: losing the Olympics bid is a very, very good thing.
So most people, including me, were surprised that Chicago was eliminated in the first round of the IOC vote. Kevin Guilfoile has a (conspiracy) theory. Update: Another theory: “it was made clear to us that Chicago was going to have some difficulty in gaining the selection for a number of reasons including that we have […]
Around Washington Park, Ben Joravsky gets the distinct impression Chicago losing its bid for the games is OK with people.
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 […]
* 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 […]
One last argument for why Chicago doesn’t need, want, or deserve the 2016 Olympic games.
“Official word from the White House is that First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to Copenhagen next month to support Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics. The president himself is busy with health-care reform and can’t commit ‘at this time,’ according to his staff. “Busy with health-care reform? That’s the excuse? […]
Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke on Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games
In a Trib op-ed, Manny Flores backs away from the cap he proposed on public funding for the Olympics.
Why is the mayor’s A team only now hitting the neighborhoods to pitch Chicagoans on the Olympic bid?
Sportswriter Rick Telander speaks the truth about Mayor Daley’s Olympic bid: there’s no way the games should come to a town whose politics are so “blatantly corrupt and/or stupid.”
A sinkhole on 49th Street shows that Chicago’s just not ready to host the Olympics.