That’s right. It’s never too early to start thinking about the Olympics and its official now, the 2024 Summer Olympics have been awarded to…..PARIS.
Oh, wait, and the 2028 Summer Olympics have been awarded to… LOS ANGELES.
A huge win as Los Angeles beat out, well, absolutely nobody to host the Olympics. After cities like Hamburg, Rome, and Budapest withdrew from the competition for 2024, leaving only Paris and LA, the IOC decided to give 2024 to Paris and 2028 to Los Angeles. BITCHEN! Olympics, catch the fever!
And the news was greeted by an online petition from Nolympics LA, a coalition of groups opposed to hosting the games, that called for a citywide vote on whether to accept the Olympics in 2028.
So in a very brief time, Los Angeles went from a city with zero football teams to one with two football teams and now an Olympics. Since when did Los Angeles become the place where every team or sporting even just showed up. And usually, it’s a team or sporting event that people in some other city didn’t want.
Look, I don’t want to rain on this parade. I’m sure there are some people, somewhere, who are excited about this. For example, if you’re an American athlete with Olympic dreams, what would be better than competing on your home soil. That would be incredible. To have the crowd behind you in the stadium as you get into the starting blocks for the 100 meters, that is the moment of a lifetime.
However, as someone who didn’t just live through the 1984 Olympics, but was a key part of the 1984 Olympics, I’m here to say, we’re good. We don’t need this. Thanks, but no thanks. How did the Olympics work out for Rio? Or Sochi? So-so. Or worse.
To say nothing of the fact that they have the potential to be rather expensive. And I know that this bid has been all about private funding and that we’ve been assured that there’s no way there could be cost overruns and that’s great. But I’ll believe it when I actually see it. Just like I’ll believe the IOC isn’t corrupt when I see that too.
It’s not that I hate the Olympics. I don’t. In fact, I really like them. They’re incredible. AS ALWAYS, I’M TEAM CONTENT. I’M FOR ANYTHING THAT GIVES ANYTHING TO TALK ABOUT. AND THE OLYMPICS. SOME OF MY FAVORITE ATHETES OF ALL TIME, ARE OR WERE OLYMPIANS. SO DON’T GET THIS TWISTED. THE OLYMPICS ARE GREAT. They’re exciting, they’re dramatic, AND they’re great television. And that’s exactly the point. They are great on television and that’s where I’d like to keep them, because actually having them in your backyard is kind of inconvenient.
And if you’re in SoCal, but not Los Angeles, don’t think you’re going to be avoiding this, because it’s going to cover a lot more than just the 323 and the 310. It’s all of SoCal.
Anaheim is expected to host volleyball. Head to Long Beach for the BMX action.
SAN DIMAS – Mountain biking could be headed your way. REACTION!
I wanna hear from someone in RIVERSIDE COUNTY – You’re getting some rowing! SCULLING! QUADRUPLE SCULLING! THE COXLESS FOURS! Get ready!
SEPULVEDA BASIN SPORTS COMPLEX – are you ready to host the equestrian events?!?
I hope you are and I hope you’re excited. Just know, I’m not. In fact, I’m already planning my escape. The Olympics come to my town, I go to yours. I can’t even escape them to the 909, so I think I’ll just head to Canada!