Lazy Saturday Reads: Boston Olympics 2024??? Nooooooooooo!!!

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Good Morning!!

I’m feeling a bit loopy this morning. Ever since I heard that Boston is going to be competing to host the 2024 Olympics, I’ve been in a state of shock. What an insane idea. The Globe reported on Thursday,

The city was selected Thursday by the United States Olympic Committee to bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, beating out competing proposals from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
There will be best athletes all over the world who compete together and I also did some research on bodybuilding pills that they take every day. That’s insane how hard they are working.

“We’re excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a statement.

Nooooooooooooo! This can’t happen. Hasn’t anyone on the Olympic Committee ever been to Boston? How on earth did we beat out Los Angeles? Now that would be a good place for the Olympic Games. It’s huge, and spread out. Boston is a tightly packed place–with lots of narrow, winding streets–many of which were built before cars. Lots of people around here live in houses with no driveways. Parking is always at a premium–even in many suburban areas.

Boston’s bid was submitted to the USOC in December after previously being selected to a shortlist of U.S. candidate cities in June. The group pushing the idea, Boston2024, is backed by leaders from the region’s business, sports, and education sectors, among others.

“Boston is a global hub for education, health care, research and technology,” said Boston2024 chairman and Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish in a statement. “We are passionate about sports because we believe in the power of sport to transform our city and inspire the world’s youth. A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world.”

Ugh. What total B.S! They are going to have a fight on their hands from plenty of cynical Bostonians who are quite aware that every place that hosts the Olympics ends up going deep into debt and being stuck with obsolete, eyesore structures that no one wants. Wealthy businessmen will profit and the taxpayers will pay the bills.

The USOC decided on Dec. 16 that it would bid for the 2024 Games, but held off on making a decision on which city to go with until Thursday’s meeting at Denver International Airport. “The decision followed a spirited discussion and more than one round of voting. Ultimately, the Boston bid received the unanimous endorsement of the USOC’s board of directors,” the USOC said.

The committee will now work with Boston2024 on the bid ahead of submitting it this fall to the International Olympic Committee. The IOC will decide on a 2024 host city in 2017. Other potential host cities for 2024 include Rome, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, and Istanbul. Melbourne, Australia, and other cities have also been said to be interested.

Good. Hold the thing in one of those great cities and leave us in peace with our cold winters and our iced coffees. From the Globe, From Our Ice Cold Hands: Bostonians Still Drink Iced Coffee in Sub-Zero Temps.

Here in Boston, we pride ourselves on handling the cold. We’re ice warriors, hardened by endless winters during which we bundle up, hunker down, and thank our lucky stars that we thought to put long johns under our jeans as we charge head on into the frigid wind that sweeps across the T platform.

If we don’t bend to freezing temperatures, we certainly don’t break our habits just because it feels more like we’re the animated charcters in “Frozen” rather than humans. In other words, if your Dunkin’ order is an iced coffee, your Dunkin’ order is an iced coffee. It’s that simple.

And we salute you, soldiers of the cold. Getting an iced coffee when there’s a windchill of -10 is the coffee-order equivalent of raising your middle finger to the sky and yelling, “Come at me, winter!”

Bostonians are tough. We are cynical and sarcastic. We don’t suffer fools gladly. We take pride in our obnoxiousness. We’ll just see about this Olympics thing. Can you believe they want to turn the Boston Common into a beach volleyball field? Here’s what the abandoned Olympic beach volleyball venue looks like in Athens.

beach volleyball athens

 

Here are some views of the Boston Common.

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Boston common overhead

 

Need I say more? A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

Some reactions to the utterly ridiculous proposal for a Boston Olympics:

Christian Science Monitor, Boston reacts with suspicion, snark to winning 2024 Olympic bid.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh tweeted Thursday night that it was an “exceptional honor” for the city to be chosen as the US candidate to host the Games. But many local residents aren’t exactly excited about their sun-dappled streets potentially being filled with Olympic tourists – which is how the Boston 2024 bid group depicted the city in its renderings of the Games.

Instead, many reactions around Boston have centered on the potential cost and overall chaos that the event could bring to the city, and whether all the preparations would really be worth it.

Those wary of the potential long-term cost of hosting the Olympics – including the group No Boston Olympics, which has loudly opposed the bid – have lots of data to back up their concerns.

The average cost of hosting a Summer Olympics is $15 billion, according to No Boston Olympics – roughly the cost of Boston’s infamous Big Dig highway project, which took some 16 years to complete.

No modern Olympic Games has come in under budget, and claims that the increased costs are offset by increased tourism revenue are shaky at best. Bostonians are also worried about spending millions of dollars to construct large stadiums that then go unused once the Games leave.

“If Boston hosts the 2024 Olympics, there’s no doubt that [the city] is going to be overrun with sports tourists,” said Victor Matheson, an economist at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in an interview with The New York Times. “But Boston is already overrun with tourists in the summer.”

Christopher L. Gasper at The Globe, All that glitters about Boston’s Olympic bid isn’t gold.

Boston is a world-class city and sports mecca that doesn’t need a parade of nations showing up on its doorstep to validate its place on the world stage. We don’t need the five-ring circus coming to town to establish an international identity. Plus, Boston already hosts a world-renowned sporting event every year: the Boston Marathon.

The question is not whether Boston is capable of hosting the Olympics. It is. The question is whether it’s worth it. Does the benefit outweigh the potential logistical and financial pratfalls of hosting gym class for the world? Based on recent Olympic Games, the answer is probably not.

The Olympics rarely have a lasting, transformative impact on a city, unless you’re talking about the financial ramifications of the event and the planned obsolescence of venues with a 17-day lifespan. Barcelona, host of the 1992 Summer Games, was the exception, not the rule.

The Games are too big to succeed for most host cities. Just Google “abandoned Olympic venues” and see what comes up.

I tried it. Check these out:

12 Forgotten Olympic Venues Fallen Into Disrepair (Popular Mechanics).

30 Haunting Photos Of Abandoned Olympic Stadiums (Distractify).

Abandoned Olympic venues: in pictures (The Telegraph)

That is so sad. I don’t want a bunch of giant hulking wrecks strewn around Boston and environs, thank you very much.

For crying out loud, they don’t even have baseball in the Olympics. Boston is a baseball town. 

One more reaction from Obnoxious Boston Fan at The Globe, Ten Sports Just for the Boston 2024 Olympics. A couple of examples:

Parallel Parking. You can’t survive in Boston without it.

 

Red Sox Clicker Toss. The anger and frustration felt across Red Sox Nation each season translated on the world stage. Medals go to the furthest and fastest TV clicker thrown during a Red Sox loss televised on NESN. [The smart players wait for the Sullivan Tire commercials for extra incentive.] By 2024,Xander Bogaerts should be about on the verge of starting to break through and approaching the cusp of realizing his potential. We hope. If by some chance Henry Owens turns out to be half as good as we’ve been led to believe, he would have left via free agency by then.

 

Synchronized Road Rage. Anyone can flip off the guy in the Avalon who doesn’t know how to use his f–kin’ blinker. Can you do it in tandem, while heading over the Zakim Bridge, at night, in the rain?

 

Baseball. No bull, just baseball. The same baseball that’s been booted out of the Olympic Games. If there isn’t baseball during a Summer Olympics in Boston, that will be the real joke.

 

Cry me a river. Tossing Don Zimmer was just payback for 1978.

 

I’ve been completely, utterly provincial today. Probably no one will even read this post, but at least I got it off my chest. So what’s happening that’s newsworthy today? 


25 Comments on “Lazy Saturday Reads: Boston Olympics 2024??? Nooooooooooo!!!”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    Have any of these idiots tried driving through Boston itself? You can get lost in a matter of seconds if you take the wrong turn where everything is “one way”.

    This city is too compact to accommodate any more temporary structures, the amount of traffic this will bring, not to mention where in hell do you park for less than $100.00 an hour just to attend.

    The uproar will come when they include the Common into their event plans. How many want to stand aside for the duration while this little oasis is turned into a carnival atmosphere to make a few dollars? No, no, no!!!

    Boston is far from the ideal spot for the Olympics. It is a white knuckle drive on 128 now and one can assume it will only get worse if this site is approved. Just getting to Fenway on a good day is a challenge!

    Go elsewhere Olympic Committee. Boston is not laid out well enough to support even more congestion.

    • bostonboomer says:

      There will be horrible structures put up all up the North Shore and down the South Shore. Lowell expects to be involved, and that is 25 miles up Route 3 from me. Maybe they’ll have the skiing in New Hampshire?

      Lowell could burn brightly in 2024 Summer Olympics

      • Pat Johnson says:

        Money is the object.

        Here in Springfield we are about to break ground in the seedy downtown area to begin building our “new casino”. A very bad location since the streets are narrow though near the interstate.

        How this will make money for the city is a mystery. The location is awful. Right smack in the middle of the community in a high crime area that is used for “drive by” shootings, drug dealing, and prostitution.

        How they figure to “curb” that activity when the casino will act as a “draw” for these undesirable elements is beyond me.

        This is another fiasco waiting to happen in a small city of 154,000 people who watched its industrial base disappear overseas.

      • Riverbird says:

        The headline made me laugh because I was anxiously awaiting the USOC’s decision on Thursday, hoping San Francisco would not be chosen. After the decision, I immediately posted my joy on Facebook and all my Boston friends responded “Nooooooooo!”

  2. Delphyne49 says:

    Great rant, BB. I especially like this:

    What total B.S! They are going to have a fight on their hands from plenty of cynical Bostonians who are quite aware that every place that hosts the Olympics ends up going deep into debt and being stuck with obsolete, eyesore structures that no one wants. Wealthy businessmen will profit and the taxpayers will pay the bills.

    Bostonians are tough. We are cynical and sarcastic. We don’t suffer fools gladly. We take pride in our obnoxiousness. We’ll just see about this Olympics thing.

    Huzzah! I can picture you throwing down the gauntlet after writing the post! Let’s hope that the idea of an Olympic Game in Boston is tossed into the Harbor.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks for reading it, Delphyne.

      I can’t believe we’ll get it. Some group is already trying to get a ballot question to block it.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        After seeing what happened in Atlanta, with it’s narrow downtown streets and it’s clusterfuck interstate system that wraps it’s tentacles around the city like a snarly octopus, I don’t blame you for not being receptive to the idea. I’ve never been to Boston, but Atlanta held the Olympics downtown and within view of the Interstate. After the Olympics they transitioned the Olympic Stadium by turning it into a Baseball Stadium for the Braves, Turner Field. The only problem with that stadium is that it is HELL to get in and out of. It is also a tough venue on spectators because the sun sets directly in the face of the stadium seating, especially 1st base line. It’s a damned concrete inferno in July. Which might explain why they’re demolishing it and relocating the Braves stadium to the suburbs. From what I’ve read many of the other venues have been abandoned. I don’t know if Atlanta made enough money to make it worth the trouble and the expense. That’s something the cities that have hosted the Olympics should make available to perspective host cities. It might change the minds of the business community quicker than a citizen revolt.

    • dakinikat says:

      Hosting an Olympics is always a big financial loss for the host country and most of the locales don’t fare much better because the venues never sell out. It’s one thing to put it out in Salt Lake City or some place where there is a hell of a lot of empty land, but this makes no sense at all. You have to rebuild infrastructure as well as build new venues. The only people that make money are the construction companies and the venue owners and even then it’s a short burst of cash. Many olympic sites are virtual ghost towns and have to be eventually tore down if they’re not planned with some future use that’s actually going to be seen to fruition. Can’t imagine this is profitable for Boston given the cost and availability of land there plus I can’t imagine Logan could handle the traffic let alone the ground transport. Just for a few weeks? Ridiculous!

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Will Scott Brown head out to CA to run for Barbara Boxer’s seat?

    Scott Brown May Never Escape His Trolls

  4. bostonboomer says:

    George Zimmerman charged with assault against woman

    The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

    During a court appearance Saturday morning, Zimmerman’s bond was set at $5,000 and he was ordered to avoid contact with the alleged victim, a woman who was not identified.

    Judge John Galluzzo did not give details of the incident, but said it happened at Zimmerman’s home.

    Zimmerman was also told by the judge to stay out of Volusia County, where the alleged victim lives.

    The judge ordered Zimmerman to pack up any personal belongings the woman may have left at Zimmerman’s home and give them to his lawyer.

    Zimmerman, who wore blue scrubs and handcuffs, appeared calm during the brief hearing. At one point, he laughed and joked with an officer as he signed paperwork.

    Although the incident didn’t involve a firearm, the judge ordered Zimmerman to surrender any weapons out of an abundance of caution.

  5. mablue2 says:

    What the hell?

    I’m absolutely joining Dr BB and Pat here to say “Olympics in Boston? Fuck NO!!!” Count me among the future saboteurs.

    Have these idiots ever been to Boston? Ferchrissake!

    • bostonboomer says:

      Some of the idiots live in Boston, but they’re too rich to have to worry about driving in insane traffic and trying find parking spaces where there are none. They just have their drivers park in the expensive parking garages. And they’ve probably never taken a walk on the Boston Common either.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Heckler to Bill Cosby: “You’re a Piece of Shit. You Rapist.”

    On Friday, the final performance of Bill Cosby’s three-city Canadian tour was disrupted by the most vocal demonstration against the accused rapist yet, with around 30 protesters marching out of the venue chanting “We believe the women” and another reportedly shouting, “You’re a piece of shit. You rapist.”

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cosby supporters responded by yelling back “We believe the men” and “We love you Cosby.”

    Staged just one day after Cosby publicly acknowledged the accusations against him by joking about rape on stage, the comedian urged audience members to remain calm during the protest.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Oh well, there are just 25 women accusing him of rape, so believe the “men” instead of believing 25 women. Women in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s don’t ban together and make that sort of thing up. It’s disgusting and infuriating to me that women are rarely believed, even by women, unless they are bloodied, battered, bruised and have DNA to prove their case. Bill Cosby is a SERIAL rapist, and if he could still get it up he’d likely still be raping women. The Statute of Limitations will save his ass on this plane, but if there is justice in the Universe he will pay.