02 October 2009

Whew! Thank you, Mr. Rogge!

On behalf of the tax-paying citizens of Illinois, I'd like to thank the International Olympic Committee for awarding the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

You like us. You really like us! Do you know how many millions you saved us by our not having to build a lot of stuff we'll use-once!-and not having to deal with the graft and corruption so prevalent in city and state politics?

I will, much like Winston Churchill upon hearing that the United States entered World War II, sleep the sleep of the saved and the thankful.

Really, Chicago's a great place and I encourage everyone to visit the city sometime. But Rio does have Copacabana Beach:

...and Chitown's Oak Street Beach along Lake Michigan, while nice, isn't quite the same:

As for scenery, which would you rather see? Rio...

...or Chicago?

Rio wins, but just by a bit? Thought so.

Good luck, citizens of Brazil! Enjoy the party and the giant financial reckoning. Save your cruzeiros!

yankeedog out.


  1. Yeah thought you'd be pleased. And fair enough too, I wasn't a NSW taxpayer when Sydney 2000 had to be paid for (still a poor student then).

  2. I really love Chicago, and I can't see how the Olympics could possibly improve it.

  3. Doc-If you were in NSW right now, you'd probably still be paying for it.

    Barnesy-Glad to hear you enjoyed the Windy City. And the Olympics wouldn't improve the place.

  4. I dunno, that squad car approaching the alley has lots of appeal. I could see some sort of sprinting event in there.

    Oh well, now we can blame it on Rio.

  5. Jaded-That still is, of course, from 'The Blues Brothers' when Jake and Elwood are going to their old orphanage.

    And I was going to use an image of the 'Blame it on Rio' movie poster for the Rio v. Chicago scenery. Great minds think alike!

  6. I don't know, I think thousands of Japanese visitors would pay good money to take a "Blues Brothers" tour.

    And, for a $10,000 fee, people will be allowed to drive 106 miles to Chicago with a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, wearing sunglasses, at night.

    What's the over/under on how many Olympic visitors get murdered in Rio?

  7. Steve-Still wouldn't be worth the money spent on buildings, transport, graft, and kickbacks.