Friday, October 2, 2009

Viva Rio!

They got it!

While I don't claim to be an expert on the topic of the Olympic Games, but there are a few things I'm happy about:

1. Chicago will not be destroyed financially by hosting - now they don't have to build a floating sports complex (who thought that was a good idea?!), they won't have to deal with the impending law suits sprouting from the misuse of funds and corruption that would have happened, and the two MLB teams won't be overshadowed by a crush of Olympic crazies (I realize having the Games there could boost ticket sales, but the teams wouldn't benefit only scalpers would) (and the Cubs always sell out anyway)

2. South America gets chance - I'm not usually big on ideas of "fairness" but in the case of the Olympics it seems like a reasonable thing to support. They've never had the Games in South America and if they think they are ready to handle it, more power to them.

3. Brasil will benefit - with the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, Brasil has a great opportunity to shape up and clean up their major cities. The things that will happen in Brasil won't go down easily, people who like things like "social justice" will cry foul, but the cities will be cleaned, gentrified, and opened to international travel in a safe way. I think these are all good things, and the (hopeful) decrease in crime, both random and organized, will benefit the entire nation overall. Where a city like Chicago could suffer economically, Rio could benefit from basic boosts in infrastructure and general safety which will continue to be a good thing for a long time.

4. There is a GIANT Jesus standing watch over the city of Rio. And there is nothing that the dad-gum American anti-Jesus lobby can do about it! Viva Rio, Viva Jesus Cristo!

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