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  1. All of the metal bleachers with lattice supports I have ever sat on have felt "rickety" simply by virtue of the elasticity and ductility of metals. They could use reinforced concrete for support instead of steel and/or aluminum, but that would negate much of the savings of a temporary structure.
  2. Temporary bleachers with a lattice support structure are very cheap and easy to set up and then remove. The problem is that the federations hate them precisely because they are cheap. They want something substantial that does not feel rickety for spectators and offers actual amenities for fans, media, officials and athletes. If LA and the IOC can strong arm FINA into accepting this it will save a lot of money. But I imagine that FINA is going to absolutely hate it and both they and the international media will do everything they can to criticize LA and give it the Atlanta treatment.
  3. Donald Trump

    It is worth pointing out that it has also saved the US from extreme governments and leaders until now. Bush Sr, Clinton, Obama et al were all perfectly solid leaders, and Bush Jr's missteps were a product of being completely unprepared to be president rather than being an extremist. I don't particularly like the two party system, but reducing participation from the far left and far right is the one thing it does well. Pistols make up only 34% of firearms in the USA yet are responsible for 86% of all firearms crimes. I spent two months last summer in a Native American fishing village in Alaska where people hunt and fish to survive the winter. There was a grizzly bear attack while I was there. (The woman attacked survived.) I think it is easy for people in New York or LA to forget that there are parts of America where people really do need access to rifles and shotguns. But I have never been anywhere where civilians need automatic weapons or pistols.
  4. Why does Victoria need a new arena? Their Western Hockey League team plays in a very nice and very new arena. (Aside: save the WHL in Seattle! Say "no" to the NHL!) I can only imagine it would be a temporary arena. Victoria would be a good host the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 in either the USL or a future Canadian premier League, but they would only need 6,000 seats for that. So perhaps 6,000 permanent + 14,000 temporary seats for a rugby stadium. I don't think it's that unreasonable a price if they are only re-using existing facilities and building two semi-temporary structures. The real issue is whether that is good enough. I would guess "no." I think the culture of the city is perfect for the Commonwealth Games, though. I think the majority of Victorians wish they were still a part of the British Empire. Half of the city is either inspired by British culture or the royal family.
  5. Donald Trump

    That's "white nationalism," not Nazism . . . which somehow is supposed to make it OK. At this point my country is so fractured it is hard to even speak to the other side. Many Trump supporters (such as my own father) have gone silent. I think they know that they are wrong, and that history and the rest of the world will judge them harshly. But America has been a chauvinistic country for so long that it has been ingrained in them to see intellectuals, foreigners and minorities as weak and immoral. They believe in 1950's America, and they want to drag the rest of the USA back there. Just like Muslim fundamentalists want to force their societies to revert to the medieval era. On paper, this sort of nonsense should destroy the Republicans in the next election. But according to tradition political theory Trump should have been destroyed in the last election, so who knows what will happen.
  6. FIFA World Cup 2026

    The individual countries obviously chose their own stadium suggestions, and the Canadian and Mexican stadiums reflect the realities of the football/soccer associations in those countries. The Canadian Soccer Association is hitching onto a US bid for the World Cup to try and grow their public awareness and the sport in general in their country. The CSA has listed as many stadiums as possible to try and generate excitement across Canada. Mexico, on the other hand, is already crazy about futbol. They don't need to drum up public support across the country. I think Canada will ultimately choose Vancouver to go in a group stage with Seattle and one of the Californian stadiums, and Toronto + Montreal to go along with a midwestern US city. Maybe Seattle, Vancouver and Calgary could form a group together.
  7. The problem is that team sports are monopolizing the sports market. Tennis is also slowly withering in the USA outside the US Open and the tournament in Palm Springs.
  8. FIFA World Cup 2026

    Australia is in AFC not OFC. Even though I personally dislike Morocco (I have an aunt and uncle who moved there 8 years ago) it is a completely different animal than Qatar. It is more similar to Turkey: a second world country with extensive links to both Europe and the rest of the Muslim world. But unfortunately I don't think they will find enough votes. Sub-Saharan Africa hates them as much as the Caribbean hates the USA.
  9. FIFA World Cup 2026

    I really hope that Morocco wins. A Canada-Mexico-USA cup would be a diplomatic nightmare for the USA. The Caribbean Football Union has been making noises about withdrawing from CONCACAF and creating their own independent confederation, but CONCACAF has outmaneuvered them by taking over the organization of the CFU youth tournaments. Many of the Caribbean national federations were furious with the FBI and the CA/MX/USA bloc even before this. But I am not sure if that will translate into more votes for Morocco.
  10. It is a shame that athletics cannot attract crowds large enough to fill this stadium outside of the Olympics or world championships. It really is magnificent for its original intended purpose. Back when Seattle had a 72,000 seat athletics stadium I never minded the track at American football games because of the high seating rake and most of the seating on the sidelines. With 3/4ths of seats on the sidelines with good views and the ultras at one end an athletics stadium is fine for football. But I think that the only time it ever sold tickets for athletics was for the Goodwill Games. If only athletics could attract good crowds like this for the Diamond League or some other world tour of athletics it would be easier to justify building these stadiums.
  11. Do people really not understand that hosting the Winter Olympics in a desert is going to make the Europeans hate us? And that's not even mentioning the 7-8 hour drive from Vegas to Lake Tahoe. On the plus side the contrast between Utah and Nevada would show people how socially different the US states really are. One is an American version of Iran and the other is an American version of Sodom.
  12. There was less traffic during the Olympics in 1984 than there was during a normal day in Los Angeles. I was only 3 at the time, so I don't remember what the traffic was like, but my parents and grandparents insist it was easy to drive from Fullerton to the marathon and sailing on the beaches. And the media generally agrees with that assessment. Of all the complaints about the Olympics, traffic is the one that is never really a problem.
  13. Traffic should not be a problem. People are more likely to use mass transit to get to events like this, and the Olympic fans will simply replace other people in hotels and on roads. No one wants to schedule a business meeting or trade show during the Olympics, schools will be closed for the summer, and many locals will avoid traveling through the city during the games.
  14. Baseball, American football, etc are not in the winter Olympics. They would have to build a bobsledding track, speed skating venue, another large arena for figure skating, and ski jumps (Colorado has ski jumps but they aren't Olympic worthy) as well as a new media center (the existing convention center isn't suitable for broadcasters) and the Olympic village. People in Colorado do not want to pay for all that. Of course I am not Gallup. But when I was in New Mexico and Colorado last September I talked to people from Denver to Durango, and talked about skiing and the winter Olympics with several people. (I have never been skiing in Colorado and wanted to know if it was really worth a return trip since I live twenty minutes away from the snowiest ski resort in the world.) None of them wanted Colorado to bid for the games again. You can contrast that with LA, where if you ask 10 people on the street about the Olympics 7 to 9 of them will be in favor of LA hosting again.
  15. Denver seems incredibly unlikely to me. It is not in the mountains: it is nearly a two hour drive to Vail (without ice and snow) and a three to four hour drive to Aspen. Denver would have to build everything other than the ski areas from scratch. People in Colorado do not want the Olympics. The city does not exactly have warm relations with the IOC after what happened with 1976.
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