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  1. the short shorts are more offensive that the corporate logos.
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  2. I'm pretty sure you made your list obvious when you decided to play your little game of hangman with us.
    2 points
  3. No, it wasn't arrogant at all. You are totally clueless here. It would have been seen as arrogant if Obama had NOT gone. Every other country sends it's head of state, but the US is above all that? That would not have sat well. As for the scheduling, the guy is the leader of the free world and is a wee bit busy. I'm not at all surprised he couldn't commit to the schedule until the last minute. He wasn't even in Copenhagen 24 hours. Where security is concerned, he's the president of the United States in a post 911 world. You want the president to dignify your event with his presence? You'r
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  4. I read one of the best lines in quite a while, in an article I read yesterday: "So China or Kazakhstan it is, the last two 'suckers' on earth willing to step up this carnival barker. One lucky nation will win. The other will host the 2022 Winter Olympics". Lmfao
    2 points
  5. And how is that any different than you proclaiming that there would be "no chance" of a hypothetical Shanghai 2028 or 2032 win, if Beijing got 2022, in a field of strong competition? That's not something that any of us really know the answer to, either. At least I'm not citing, with 100% certainly, that a hypothetical Denver bid would be bound to lose in a very strong field of competitors. I still would hold the position, though, that in a field with a strong repeat Munich bid, a strong Swiss bid, two strong Scandinavian bids & a good potential darkhorse bid wih Krakow, especially since
    1 point
  6. Are you really trusting Beijing to be a low cost games? The way your making it sound seems to make Beijing look like the savior of the Olympics. Reliable? Sure. Frugal? Nah.
    1 point
  7. Way to provide an unbiased comparison Tony. And what a shame. I thought based on your absence the last few days, you had been banned. But a man can dream right?
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  8. It's also a pathetic suggestion because Norway were perfectly happy to deal with the IOC when bidding for those Games and I'm sure they were happy when awarded them. I'm sure there are probably silly demands in the YOG contracts too if they're based on the real Games and if IOC members are that self-important, but Norway didn't complain then did they? There's been a lot of politicking on both sides over Oslo 2022. The IOC is by no means perfect and some of the things on the list of demands show them to be entitled SOBs, but Norway has dealt with the IOC before and gone along with their proces
    1 point
  9. That's all very well from a US perspective, but not all countries work like the US. A project like Chicago's Olympics could be managed on a fairly local level with, I would imagine, Federal Government only really getting involved with security matters. Obama's attendence felt necessary because other World Leaders were there in 2009, but it really oughtn't have been, I agree. It was a sideshow that didn't really do the bid process any good in the end. Here's a different perspective though: London's Mayor has far, far fewer powers than most American city mayors. He has limitied powers over loca
    1 point
  10. They need to develop relationships with the people they're ACTUALLY WORKING WITH. The organizers and the mayor. Heads of state aren't involved and it's pointless for them to be there unless you're buying this silly idea that IOC members deserve to travel in such circles. It sounds like you are.
    1 point
  11. You've got this exactly backwards. These folks should be forbidden from attending. It's a frikken sporting event. The head of state might just have something better to do that week. Pick the best city to host... not which city is willing to kiss the IOC's ass the most.
    1 point
  12. He called Lula and congratulated him. I'm sure he was surprised and pissed (who wouldn't be?!), but he didn't show it. I saw flaws with Chicago 2016, but arrogance wasn't one of them.
    1 point
  13. The funny thing about these requests is that I can see Bach probably insisting on them. I can easily see that little twat bitching if he doesn't get a seasonal cake in his room. After all, this guy is the Olympic Champion in Fencing, 1976. He should get what he fucking wants.
    1 point
  14. Baron really has no idea what he's talking about in anything except maybe ceremonies.
    1 point
  15. Perhaps, but that doesn't change the morality of the situation. Unless the IOC breaches the terms of the contract in a major way, Norway has no viable excuse to withdraw. I would think a lot less of them if they did.
    1 point
  16. I see where you're coming from, but ethically I have a problem with that. If you say you're going to do something, you ought to keep your word. Period.
    1 point
  17. Yes, this is so that bidders like China and Kazakhstan SCALE DOWN their grovelling to the IOC, and so bidders like Norway SCALE UP the grovelling!!!
    1 point
  18. I can understand their frustration but it's not as balanced a statement as it ought to have been and it's not going to do them any good when it comes to all important perceptions. I've had the impression for a while now the Norwegian Government has been politicking over this Olympic bid with a view to dropping out with a ready made excuse. It seemed they were always lukewarm and everything they did seemed confrontational rather than looking for a way to form a genuine partnership. I wasn't hugely impressed with many of their "demands" they sent to the IOC, some of which were a nonsense and ot
    1 point
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