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Why We Need Crime Novelists

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 […]

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Chicago: All over but the post-mortem

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 […]

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Morning Olympics Roundup

* 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 […]

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We’re Doomed Pt. II

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 […]

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We’re Doomed

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 […]

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Maybe Partying Will Help

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 […]