Chicago Will Win: Five Reasons Why

Winning on merit, how novel

By Steve Bryant
|  Monday, Sep 28, 2009  |  Updated 8:55 AM CDT
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Like Jay Cutler's last-minute touchdown drives, Chicago can come from behind to win. Herein, five reasons why we're gonna crush this thing.

5. The Awesome Chicago Bid Delegation
Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Arne Duncan, Valerie Jarrett and 26 Olympians collectively will make a compelling case. No other country's delegation will have that kind of global starpower at their disposal. With or without President Obama, we win.

4. Chicago's Bid is Actually, um, Better
Imagine that. In all the speculation about politics and infighting, what if Chicago's bid actually won on merit. We have the gorgeous lakefront and a plan that puts the Olympians in the center of the city. Chin up, Chicago. We rock.

3. Bidding goes Chicago's way
Ideally, the four rounds of bidding go like this: Tokyo gets dumped first, then Rio, leaving Chicago to take on Madrid. In this situation, Rio and Madrid would split votes among Latin countries. If that vote breaks Madrid's way -- because of IOC president Juan Samaranch's lobbying -- then the choice in the final round will be Europe vs. the U.S.. Europe had the games in '04 and '06, and will again in 2012 (London) and 2014 (Sochi -- close enough). Advantage: Chicago.

2. The Economy
U.S. companies will provide billions -- billions! -- of dollars in advertising and support. NBC alone is paying the IOC $2.1 billion for the rights to to 2010 and 2012 games. The IOC's rights deals in Brazil for the 2014 and 2016 games: $210 million. Peanuts. If the IOC wants to make some scratch, the U.S. is the place to go. Besides -- Brazil has a history of not living up to its commitments.

1. Obama goes to Copenhagen
If Obama goes. The White House confirmed today that President Obama is indeed going to Copenhagen. his arrival will be a joyous made-for-TV climax that ends months of speculation. Though his refusal to guarantee his presence may seem vexing, that reluctance has paved the way for a remarkably staggered and well-executed PR push from the 2016 bid team. First they announced Michelle was going, then 26 Olympians, then Oprah, then Arne Duncan. The suspense has made anticipation all the greater -- both in Chicago and around the world. Obama's arrival would almost ensure Chicago's victory

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