So the Windy City lost out to Rio to host the 2016 Olympics, despite full court press by the Obamas. What's the local spin? Crocodile tears or genuine devastation? Was this a "be careful what you wish for because it might come true" situation? Was Dyche Stadium in Evanston, Il ( (or whatever it's called these days) going to be one of the venues?
Let me put this in some sort of perspective and compare;
1. Lakeshore. vs.The Copacabana
2. Soldier Field vs. that 100,000 seat stadium with a moat to keep soccer hooligans off the field.
3.Girls wearing Bears jerseys vs. girls wearing string bikinis.
4. Big Willie vs. the huge Jesus statue on top of Sugarloaf Mountain
5.Venetian Nights vs. Carnival.
6.Chugging a Hamms in the bleachers vs. sipping a caipirinha(national cocktail of Brazil) in the cabana.
7.Polka vs. samba.
8,Lincoln Park vs. Tijuca Forest
9.Sammy vs. Ronaldo
10.Chicagoans vs.Cariocas (natives of Rio)
I must tell you that buried among the numerious newsspapers's handwringing about why the Olympic committee passed over Chicago (payback for American hubris, anti-Obama slapdown, etc.) is the fact that Brazil pledged $14 billion (that's billion with a "B") to put on the Games, which was more than double the amount pledged by anyone else.
So it all probably came down to money,