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Today is the day

Well, tonight really.  That’s when the Olympics kicks off.  Not quite what was expected.   Not a great ad campaign for Brazil.

Remember when Chicago was in the hunt.  Folks in “The Sucker State” — Illinois — and more so for Chicago, whose money woes keep deepening.  At least they didn’t get blown out of the water by getting the Olympics.

PBS is running a documentary about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin which they say was the first Modern Olympic. It really pointed to the corruption and misinformation that remains part and parcel of too many sporting organizations.  After watching it, I felt dirty.

The current Olympic TV coverage revolves around Zika virus and fecal coliform.  Those aren’t power point tags commonly used by PR firms.  Throw in the sagging Brazilian economy.  Dorms that go from unfinished to dangerous wiring.  What’s not to like?

NBC threw billions at this and sold all the ads well before all the current news.  They will get a little of my viewing but not that much.  I’ve seen the opening EXTRAVAGANZA in the past and they are remarkably the same.   The teams parade in wearing designer garb that they’ll never wear again.  An announcer recites countries in three languages.  Some guy runs up and starts the campfire just before the fireworks go off.  Be still my heart. Oh sorry, I forgot to mention the “Cute”, ugly, weird mascots that only the announcers will love — available in the gift shop.

The first Olympics was in 1911.  It be nice to make the last one 2016 and move on to specialized world events in a particular sport that won’t saturate the airwaves and news for the next 10 day and bankrupt a nation or city.  Montreal just recently got done paying for theirs.  Montreal was in 1976 — 40 years to pay off.

There are just so many things to keep counts of beside which country won a medal.

Yeah, I am in BAH! HUMBUG! mode.

ADDENDUM:

The Department of Health and Human Services just “found that the ACA’s Medicaid expansion enrollees cost an average of $6,366 in (fiscal) 2015—49 percent higher than the $4,281 amount that the agency projected in last year’s report.” That’s quite a mistake and sadly a growing one.

The Proof Reader in the editor only found just one big mistake. I think it needs to be upgraded. (changed identical to same)

  1. August 5th, 2016 at 13:39 | #1

    It really pointed to the corruption

    The card game bridge was trying to become an Olympic sport (seriously). Some of the money the World Bridge Federation budgeted to make this effort was to “grease palms” as they called it.

  2. August 6th, 2016 at 06:29 | #2

    @Memphis Mojo
    Maybe if they played on stationary bikes and had to sprint when doubled…

  3. August 14th, 2016 at 20:56 | #3

    I’ll bet the robbery of the guys from the U.S. swim team made your day.

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