So the President of the United States and his wife are in Copenhagen as I write this, desperately trying to persuade members of the International Olympic Committee to award the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago.
My first, second and third questions are, WHY?
Why do we need ANOTHER Olympics in the U.S., a mere 20 years after the last Summer Games (Atlanta), and 14 years after the last Winter Games (Salt Lake, 2002). There is no greater waste of money and taxpayer resources than the Olympics.
I don’t even know where to start with how bad of an idea this is. First, let me tell you that it will cost Chicago taxpayers millions and millions of dollars. Forget about the corporate donations that will fund much of the bid; just to get the Olympics the city council had to vote that any cost overruns (and there are always cost overruns) would be covered by the city.
Ask taxpayers in Sydney, Australia, and Athens, Greece how they feel about the Olympics now, as people in those cities are still paying the Olympics bill, years later.
Then there’s the incredible waste of money on stadiums and buildings that will be used for two weeks and then, pretty much, sit idly by.
There’s also the fact that half the people in Chicago, people who are struggling to hold on to every last cent in this economy, don’t want the Olympics, and don’t want their hard-earned money going into the fat-cat pockets of Mayor Richard Daley’s rich contracting cronies.
Add to that that the joy of dealing with the IOC, one of the most disgusting, corrupt organizations in the world this side of the Mafia, you know, an organization that took bribes from Sydney, and more recently, from Salt Lake City.
Now, I don’t want to make any baseless allegations, but you’re going to tell me a transaction and bid process between Chicago, notoriously one of the most corrupt cities in the world, and the IOC, one of the dirtiest organizations going, is going to be completely, 100 percent clean?
Then there’s the idea that we just had the Olympics here, and shouldn’t they be spread around? What’s wrong with Rio, or Tokyo, or Madrid hosting them? The United States doesn’t have to be at the center of everything, you know.
OK, you get my point. Just as it would’ve been terrible for New York to get the 2012 Games, it’s an equally bad notion for Chicago 2016.
For the first time since I’ve been aware of him, I hope Barack Obama loses something today.
***So, I don’t know how many of my readers are hockey fans, but if you’re nuts about pucks (yeah, that was bad) like I am, here’s a link to my NHL season preview I did for my newspaper. I’m a big New York Rangers fan, and even though they’re going to stink this year (I fear), I’m psyched about the NHL season.
I know a lot of people won’t give hockey a chance, say it’s boring, you can’t see the puck on TV, yada yada yada. I’ve pretty much given up trying to convince people how awesome the NHL is … except I showed a co-worker this video of Alex Ovechkin, the greatest player in the game today, and even he’s interested in hockey now. I have a total man-crush on The Great 8 (one of his nicknames), and I’m not ashamed of it. He’s the most exciting hockey player I’ve ever seen (of course Gretzky was better, I’m just saying exciting) and I try to never miss his highlights each night.
This is my favorite Ovechkin goal ever, though:
**So, shocking news about David Letterman and his sex life, huh? Who would’ve thunk it? I commend Dave for coming out last night and telling his audience what they were about to read; celebrities always screw this up and forget: If you get out ahead of the story, damage control to your reputation is so much easier.
I’m sure people will be shocked (shocked!) to find out Dave was sleeping with members of his staff, apparently behind his wife’s back. I don’t know why people will be shocked; celebrities are just like you and me, with the same issues and problems, only they’re more talented and successful.
The list of famous athletes I’d be surprised to see involved in a sex scandal? Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Derek Jeter. Tiger Woods. Roger Federer. That’s about it. Everyone else? Ho-hum.