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Iceman

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  1. Might rewatch this later in primetime with commentary, and pray that it doesn't suck.
  2. So where will the athletes be in all this? On the floor as usual?
  3. The bad part is that this whole mess overshadows anyone in FIFA who's trying to do right by the game. At least I hope there are good people in FIFA.
  4. I haven't been able to catch much. Has anyone stateside been watching ESPN's coverage? How are they doing compared to everyone else?
  5. Sochi's ceremony was underneath a roof, but that was temporary so I don't know if it really counts. I recorded the ceremony, so I was able to skip the speeches and most of the parade.
  6. I not sure if America cares enough about the Pan Am Games to mount a serious bid. I don't think they get a whole lot of coverage despite being "covered" (and I use that term loosely) by ESPN. Although if a US city were going to bid, I would prefer Minneapolis or Columbus.
  7. In my opinion, The capacity of Matthews Arena seems better suited for something like taekwondo or table tennis.
  8. The slalom venue, to me, seems to me like the venue with the least amount of return on investment. What can you really do with it after the games? Is the legacy potential really all that high?
  9. Part of me believes that this whole "moving the World Cup to November" thing could possibly be a great ploy by FIFA to try and change the location of the tournament, or at least re-do the election. Less people may argue if its proven by FIFA that Qatar can't properly host the tournament in summer and it can't be moved to winter without angering the leagues. Just a theory.
  10. If they decide to bid, they might be able to get the MLS team to hold off for a couple of years. Alternatively, the MetLife Stadium lease allows either the Jets or the Giants to opt out every five years after the 15th year. So it may be possible one of the two may get tired of sharing. Wikipedia did list their source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MetLife_Stadium but the source article at nj.com was deleted, sorry.
  11. My main issue is that I can't figure out where they would put the athletes' village, media center and main stadium. I would think that they would all need to be somewhat close to each other (at least the OV and stadium).
  12. Weren't they trying to get a second convention center built in Queens or something? Can any New Yorkers help me on this? What happened to that?
  13. In it's original design, long before it was constructed, Barclays would have been able to host gymnastics. Now it's designed around basketball, so it doesn't have the necessary floor area. Barclays would be better suited for basketball, and MSG for gymnastics.
  14. You're not alone. I'm love maps as well.
  15. What the Paralympics need is better media coverage. IIRC, NBC hardly covers them at all.
  16. I think this has been talked about before in various threads, but for the Olympics, the interior lane has to measure 400 meters all the way around. Franklin Field falls well short of that specific requirement.
  17. Most of this comes from the original NYC plan and Wikipedia. I guess-estimated on some of the capacity numbers. NYC Plan Existing Venues Madison Square Garden - Gymnastics (18,200) Barclays Center – Basketball (18,103) Citi Field – Archery (40,000) 369th Regiment Armory – Badminton, Rhythmic Gymnastics (6,000) Wien Stadium – Field Hockey (18,000) Yankee Stadium – Baseball or Rugby Sevens (50,000) Izod Center – Handball (18,000) Richmond County Bank Ballpark – BMX (7,000) Fresh Kills Park – Mountain Biking Staten Island – Road Cycling course USTA National Tennis Center – Tennis Radio City Music Hall – Weightlifting (6,000) Breezy Point – Sailing Javits Convention Center – Wrestling, Judo, Taekwondo, Table Tennis Carnesecca Arena – Fencing (5,600) Central Park - Triathlon New Venues Olympic Stadium: Ceremonies, Athletics, Football finals (72,000) Olympic Aquatic Center Swimming, Synchronized Swimming (20,000) Water Polo, Diving (9,000) [*]Corona Park Regatta Center – Rowing, Canoe/Kayak Flatwater [*]Corona Park Whitewater Center – Canoe/Kayak Slalom [*]Staten Island Equestrian Center – Equestrian [*]Olympic Volleyball Arena – Indoor Volleyball (17,000) [*]Queensbridge Olympic Velodrome – Track Cycling (6,000) Temporary Venues Olympic Boxing Hall – Boxing (8,000) Pelham Bay Shooting Center – Shooting Beach Volleyball Arena – Beach volleyball (12,000) Football Venues MetLife Stadium – 82,500 (East Rutherford, NJ) Rutgers Stadium – 52,454 (Piscataway, NJ) Lincoln Financial Field – 68,532 (Philadelphia) Gillette Stadium – 68,756 (Foxboro, MA) Rentschler Field – 40,000 (East Hartford, CT) Yale Bowl – 64,000 (New Haven, CT) Is it good? Or does it suck?
  18. In my spare time, I've compiled hypothetical venue plans for potential New York and Chicago bids (the latter of which I live near and thus have first hand knowledge of), since I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on the subject of sports venues. I don't know if I should share them though.
  19. I don't know NYC very well, so I'm asking people who either live there, or know the city very well. What can anyone tell me about this area at these coordinates? 40°43'20.07"N 73°55'26.18"W This looks like a decent, somewhat centrally located area to put an Olympic park and Athletes' village.
  20. According to Google Earth, about 20 minutes apart by car. Makes me wonder how it could work if they were to have two cauldrons. As for London's cauldron, In my opinion, the way they have it sitting in that tunnel makes it look so insignificant.
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