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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Opposing Chicago's Olympics Bid

Chicago has a very handsome website set up to hype its bid for the 2016 Olympics. Screw that. I'll take the message touted by anti-Chicago Olympics site Not Chicago.
Not Chicago supports the bids submitted by venues other than Chicago because we would very much prefer that the Olympics be held somewhere other than Chicago -- anywhere but Chicago.... No other city is as well suited to not hosting the Olympics as Chicago.
So far, the city has yet to come up with a mascot. (One Chicagoist commenter, Mr. Beef, suggested last year the mascot be a "Giant Beef Sandwich, we can call him BEEFY!") Not Chicago, though, has Ricky Rat™, who
says he'll be happy to join his millions of fellow Chicago-area rodents in welcoming Olympic athletes and fans to Chicago in 2016 if our campaign is unsuccessful and Chicago is selected as the host city for the Summer Games.
Oddly, neither the city's website nor Not Chicago notes that Chicago was selected on Saturday as one of 6-7 finalists to host the 2016 games.

Worth checking out: the early debate between realists who don't want their tax dollars to fund the Olympic boondoggle and those who are willing to look past the facts just to see their city's name -- and theirs -- in lights.

Finally, if I can add my $.02, I'd love to see the concerns of Chicago libertarians and restaurateurs -- that the city has become the worst kind of nanny in America -- be elucidated when the IOC ultimately decides to turn elsewhere.

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