Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bastard of the Day

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley says he wants Chicago to build a new stadium and acquire a second NFL franchise. Here's what makes him a bastard*:
You could build a new stadium, you could have huge international soccer teams come in, you could do the Final Four, you could do anything you wanted with a brand new stadium.
Yes, Mr. (Former) Mayor, we could do things like that someday. But we could be doing those events right now if you had handled the Soldier Field renovation debacle differently (did you know Soldier Field has the smallest seating capacity in the NFL despite serving one of its largest markets?). Or you could have planned a permanent stadium for the 2016 Olympics.

Daley had at least two opportunities to create a large, possibly domed stadium that could host huge events, and he screwed up both of them. So now that he's out of office, he's saying someone should build one.

At least he's calling for private funding. Lord knows he overdrew the account for public funding during his years in office.


* I would not say that calling for a second NFL team makes him a bastard, but frankly I do not know a single Bears fan who would change loyalties to support a new team in town. Not even when the Bears suck.

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