KG, Paul, and random stranger hold up Olympic rings on Daley Plaza
KG, Paul, and random stranger hold up Olympic rings on Daley Plaza

No words need typing to describe the saddness that befell all of us on Daley Plaza the moment we learned that our beloved city was eliminated from contention for hosting 2016’s biggest party.  On the first round.

Other have already typed the words: stunned, shocked, disgusted, flabbergasted…

Other have already given the rallying cry: keep our heads up, funnel the energy, move on stronger…

Personally, my spirits returned quickly without need for the generic rallying cry.  For that, I know exactly who I need to thank:  The Cubs.  A lifetime as a Cubs fan is a lifetime of preparation for these moments. A Cubs fan knows disappointment and knows how to find strength and sucess in spots where others fail to see any.  We don’t just say these cliches…we live them.

Competition is about stepping into the stadium at the beginning, not holding the trophy at the end.

Losing once is not losing forever, no matter how much it may seem that way.

Victory can be achieved by keeping faith in the face of arrogant winners.

Go Chicago Go.

So Close…

The countdown to the Olympic announcement inches forward.  The current tally: 9 hours, 8 minutes, 2 seconds.

I have been scanning new stories on a continual basis to get the buzz.  The cliff noted findings: Very very close, but if forced to pick just one, odds makers say Chicago wins.  However, experts also note that front-runner status at the very end is often a negative characteristic.  Oy.

Obama & Chicago 2016

The stars need to keep aligning

Any president would have an interest in helping an American city win an Olympic bid. But none has been as closely associated with an Olympic proposal as Obama, and the emerging effort by the White House is unusually pointed in its attempt to wrap the campaign around the president and his appealing image abroad — a strategy veteran Olympics watchers say is paying dividends and could result in an enormous hometown farewell party if Obama wins a second term. 

“Without Obama in the White House, I would say there would be no chance whatsoever for the U.S. winning,” said Canadian IOC member Dick Pound. […]

According to some veteran observers and international participants in the Olympic site selection process, Obama is viewed internationally as the engine driving the Chicago bid. 

“Everybody who follows the bids is talking about the Obama factor,” said Robert Livingstone, an expert in the closely watched but opaque Olympic bid business who runs the influential website “It’s the biggest issue of the whole campaign.” […]

In their appeals to the International Olympic Committee, Chicago boosters have leaned heavily on the symbolism of an Obama-led shift away from the globally unpopular policies of the Bush administration — the Chicago 2016 committee originally featured the slogan “Reaching for a Better World,” followed by “let friendship shine.”