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Everything posted by alphamale86

  1. Lord I feel old. Because they are obviously trying to play to young people and I am just don't like it at all. It doesn't seem grand or Olympic in nature but whatever. I'll still be there to watch the opening ceremonies
  2. Staying at one of my friends places. But I’m going solely for the first two days then fly back. Will fill you in on that later. Just wanted to be in the atmosphere. So the question now is do we meet at a bar or are we going to head down to odaiba where the second cauldron will be?
  3. I’ll be there by then. Do you want to meet up somewhere to view the opening ceremony or do you have plans for that?
  4. Hey everyone. I didn’t know if this is something you all have done in the past but I just thought I’d throw it out there to see who’s interested? For those of us headed to Tokyo for the games do you all feel like actually meeting up in person maybe at a bar to watch an event or at the cauldron in Odaiba? I was in Tokyo during the Rugby WC and though I didn’t go to any of the matches it was still excellently fun watching the matches at some of the viewing spots. I’m finalizing my trip now but for those of you who have already done so what are your thoughts on a
  5. Who's going to Tokyo 2020 and is there going to be a Gamesbids meet up? I'm trying to finalize my plans now.
  6. Maybe instead of doing a host city just simply do a hoist country like the World Cup. That way it maximizes a country’s ability to use existing facilities in different regions so they don’t need to build things. Sure the parade of nations might need to be reworked due to the fact that the athletes would have been spread out in preparations for their event but it sounds like the games have gotten to large for just one city to host. I haven’t been here in awhile so forgive me if that suggestion was already made
  7. To be honest with the state of the race as it is and as much of an LA supporter as I am to me it doesn't matter which one gets it first. I have always believed that the two bids are equally as strong and that arguments working for one works for the other. So I look at it more from the standpoint of what the IOC might need. Do they go with LA that can basically host the games tomorrow first or do they go with Paris which covers the European games part? That's a toss up. Bach already said that Europe is the focus But here a thought though. The issues the IOC faces in when it comes to Europ
  8. FYI and Quaker You all have valid points but you're forgetting something this is an American city and American cities seldom take losing well...and thats from the public stand point up to investors. So you can assume all you want that they're just doing this till they win but judging from the American track record once their city gets to the candidate stage they pretty much are their to win or go home. 2) All of the things you all said are true but you all are ignoring that the situation now in 2017 is not the same as it was back in 96 and even 2010. You both have writt
  9. I see your point but you have to admit times are changing. Yes LA loves the idea of bidding for the Olympics but you have to remember the enthusiasm in LA over the last 30 years was to get them to be the USOC candidate city. That's was the stage they were repeatedly trying to get too for the last like 20 something years. Hence the idea of LA bidding over and over again for the Games that most people here have is actually LA bidding over and over again to be the USOC's candidate city. Now that that has been accomplished and they are now the candidate city, we can't just assume that they will be
  10. Yep I agree with this. I feel this is really irresponsible for Bach to say. If you come back you'd have an advantage. For 1 it's not a guarantee that the returner will win and 2 it's now a blatant announcement that the playing field will not be even for new bidders. He needs to over ride these members and simply bite the bullet and and award both games. I agree Paris isn't coming back but I don't think LA will either not so soon at least maybe 2032 but they can't justify it to the local public for a second go around with this. Bach and the IOC can't afford to hedge there
  11. Looking at some of your comments to me it isn't even an LA entitlement and arrogance situation. You all have to ask yourself simply what does the IOC need right now? not what they needed before or wanted. cause if that's the case Paris wins hands down. But the IOC needs packed stadiums gushing fans financial assurances no transportation strikes. they just need good PR right now and LA could almost guarantee that. Yes there is the Trump factor working against them but Trump isn't organizing the games and really and truly has nothing to do with it until he (heaven forbid) has to open the games 7
  12. Said it from the start before US even selected a candidate city...LA is the safest choice for the IOC to chose right now at this present moment for to fit their needs. I know you could probably find thousands of voters in LA who would sign a NO-LA petition but the support for the games here is too strong to be denied by any onlooker. LA 84 was such an experience here for folks that they're willing and I wasn't even born in this town or even alive when it happened. Calls for a referendum in Paris though unlikely could possibly hold traction. LA not so much folks I get it we have some folks here
  13. Look if we can really be honest here Trump is a jackass but he knows how to pic a winner. When I heard about the travel ban I was like it's over LA is out but Trump supporting the LA2024 bid came out of left field to me. Like I said on the games bids article, don't give me that he's the president he has to support the bid mess. this is Trump he doesn't do anything out of protocol. Especially for a city that hates him, a mayor that dislikes him and works for the other party and an even that is in direct opposition of his policies. I think Trump sees himself opening the games in 2024 in his
  14. As someone who is thoroughly against him and stand against everything he says and does, I say this, if he's backing the bid I think it's going to win. That sounds so weird but I am actually really shocked he is publicly supporting the bid. I know some of you might be saying that he has too because he's president but you all need to remember this is Donald Trump a man that flies off the handle at any preconceived slight and Mayor Garcetti has not been one of his closest friends to say the least. the comment that he earlier made about Trump causing concern among Olympic Voters did not go un
  15. Boy I was thinking that exact same thing. As a major LA2024 supporter I have to concede this is pretty much the death nail of our campaign. Our 1 glimmer of hope is if Le Pen wins the France Elections in May because she's basically the Trump of France and then it cancels 1 crazy for the next But come to think of it if that happens then Budapest starts to look plausible even though they had there own run in with the refugee crisis. Wow the 2024 race is not turning out as fun as I'd hoped it would. It's been hijacked by ego maniacs. Hopefully Trump can stay at home during the final present
  16. Wow! How the 2024 race has changed over these last 2 years. For the most part we were all excited about this cycle due to the plethora of strong possible Candidates. Rome the early front runner for 2020 was back in the mix after bowing out of the previous cycle, Hamburg beat Berlin to be Germany's city of choice. Paris coming into the mix for the centennial. The USA doing extensive ground work with 35 cities to narrow down to Boston. and whispers from Toronto and Budapest. Then one by one IOC tragedy befell one city after another, to leave us simply with 3 choices. I know, long winded bu
  17. Right but as you said it's a historic city, so you're proving my point that it's already a well known city and if that's the case then how does that differ from LA? both have surrounding areas that may not be as poplar as the central location so the argument from the article to me, seems mute.
  18. Interesting read again I'll personally state that I think LA will get it but yes I am somewhat biased seeing I live there but all things considered I think LA will inch past paris at the end. Now to this article the one point I took issue with was this section. "It went on to explain that Los Angeles wouldn’t be able to benefit from the additional branding and exposure typically connected with hosting the Games because the world renowned city is “already well known to people and businesses all over the world because it has hosted the Olympics before and appears constantly in films
  19. Just read the games bids article about the Parisian Mayor talking to the candidates for French president to all publicly support the bid due to what is happening in Rome. I know Hollande is fully behind the bid but do we know if the other possible candidates are strongly against it or not? I know there is concern about LePen but what about the others?
  20. To be honest the truth is LA has a wealth of world class venues that they can host different events in throughout the city so do these additions necessarily change the narrative not real in my opinion. I agree with the point that moving more events out of USLA so that the athletes have those arenas for practice is a great idea and an obvious manifestation of their promise of delivering an "athletes games"
  21. Forgot finish it off - It still won't matter I'm choosing the best choice for me
  22. Here's the thing about how it looks. No one will care. That is a sad statement but NOC's will still send teams, Athletes will still want to go and compete, NBC will still televise the games. We will still complain, protest and shout down the decision to games time. Then the games will happen and after 2 weeks no one will care except the people of the country, maybe the legacy might be great for a Havana maybe it might go the way of Athens but that's the risk ladies and gentlemen with hosting the Olympics. And I completely understand your point about it not just being about cost but whatev
  23. OK so what you all are saying is that as an organization if all of the options that you said yes too drop out you'd rather have no Olympics than a drastically modified version to suit the location of a less than desirable choice? Cause quite frankly I'd just use that as an opportunity to scale down. The show must go on people. If Tulsa and Havana want to spend their money and time and their people are OK with that then who are you to tell them they shouldn't. And FYI this is a different situation than Rio I never said Rio shouldn't have bid I just said there were better options for
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