Posts tagged "Olympics"

Why aren't these Olympic events?

The Great Midwest Book Festival¬†¬†named my historical novel, “Madness: The War of 1812,” the best general fiction book of 2013. The New York Book Festival gave it an honorable mention. Goodreads readers named it one of the best 25 books about the War of 1812. Check why out every American needs to know more about... Read more »

Hockey final: USA 2, Switzerland 0

UPDATE: USA scores on a great wrap-around in front of the Swiss goal ORIGINAL POST: Is no one on ChicagoNow live blogging the game between Switzerland and TeamUSA? It’s the end of the second period and it’s a tieless score. Wait. Wait! It’s seconds to go. No, fractions of a second. An American shot hits... Read more »

Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid falls to anti-Americanism

So, Chicagoans and Americans, what do you think of world opinion now? After pandering to world opinion, America got the shiv from the bozos voting at the International Olympic Committee. President Barack Obama, who was thought to bring in a new day of more congenial international relations after former President George W. Bush and who... Read more »
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Chicago pulling away in Olympics bid

According to British bookmakers, Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid was pulling away in the last hours as the clear but not overwhelming favorite over Rio, with Madrid and Tokyo lagging. The Associated Press story is here.

If Chicago loses the Olympics

So, what happens if Chicago doesn’t get the Olympics? The agony of defeat We all know what will happen if Chicago is awarded the 2016 Olympics in Copenhagen Friday. Consultants will be hired, engineering studies performed, contracts let, people clouted into preferred jobs, earth moved, concrete poured, insiders rewarded, profits harvested — in other words,... Read more »

Tokyo's case for the 2016 Olympics

Tokyo is arguing that it deserves to get the Olympics because it  has the most compact set up, the most experience and will be the best stage for the world’s athletes. The details are in an Associated Press story here. The city also said: Although public support for Tokyo’s Olympic bid started off slowly, it... Read more »
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The Olympics skinny

Here’s some good background on the upcoming Olympic selection events in Copenhagen. How do you think that  Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard (right) will get along with our Lord Mayor Richie Daley? In this Associated Press photo, she is seen attending the eco-premiere of the environmental documentary “The Age Of Stupid” during climate week on... Read more »

Duncan to Copenhagen

The Associated Press reports that Arne Duncan, Education Secretary and former boss of the Chicago Public Schools, also will be pitching the Olympics in Copenhagen. He’ll join first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah. Who’s next? And do we really want someone who headed Chicago public schools to press Chicago’s case when the city’s schools are... Read more »

Brazil: We need Olympics more than Chicago

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvasays plays the “poor us” card in a last-ditch pitch forthe 2016 Olympics. No country needs it more, he said, referring presumably to the country’s third-world status. Don’t worry about crime or the lack of hotel rooms, he said, two of the biggest objections... Read more »
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Obama stiffs Chicago

Obama to Daley: You’re on your own, Richie Alas, President Barack Obama has decided that he wouldn’t do Chicago’s bidding by personally going to  Copenhagen to lobby for the city on the eve of the final decision about who gets the 2016 Olympics. A high Olympic official earlier said Obama’s absence would be noted (not... Read more »
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