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Don’t cry for me, Brazil

For those of you Windy Cityers still reeling after last week’s International Olympic Committee decision as to which city will host the 2016 games … Get over it!  Bottom line: Most Chicagoans didn’t want the games. IOC saw that and hit the ejector button. NNNNNNNNNNNNN … thanks for playing, Chicago!

And, don’t go crying over the “spilt milk” of a possible economic boon for the city.  The ‘84 Olympics were no windfall for LA. Granted, the Russians pulled out (as a shtup for the US not showing up in ‘80 because of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan), and the attendance dropped precipitously. But, those expecting to profit from reselling tickets, renting their house or apartment/condo for big buckaroos, or just hoping for whirlwind business from their everyday livelihoods, were sorely disappointed.

Hats off to Brazil. This is something that they wanted, not just for themselves, but for all of South America – a continent long overdue for an extended visit from the 5-rings flag. And, for those who think that they won’t be able to pull it off, don’t bet against this emerging market juggernaut. They are on pace to be the world’s 5th largest economy by the time the athletes march into the stadium for opening ceremonies. Yes, the Chinese set the bar very high last year in Beijing. But, the Brazilians know how to put on a huge party. I can’t wait to see what happens when Olympic and Mardi Gras spirit combine for the 2016 Summer Games.

If it’s any consolation to Chicagoans still licking their wounds from the bitter disappointment of being the first finalist dismissed … I liked your logo the best!

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