Budapest 2024 bid leader Balazs Furjes // Budapest 2024

2024 Bid Cities

‘The perception and the reality of the Olympic Games must change’

Every now and then the Olympic movement produces one of the really good guys. (And women, too. Stand down, politically correct police.)

The Budapest 2024 bid came Wednesday to a crashing end. It became the latest, if predictable, victim of a taxpayer revolt in Europe tied to obscenely bloated and, no coincidence, government-funded Olympic-related infrastructure costs.

2024 Bid Cities, Olympics

More 2024 straight talk: the hits keep coming

The hits keep coming for the International Olympic Committee, and we are not talking Top-40 radio.

On Sunday, voters in the Swiss Alps — for the second time — said no thanks to an Olympic bid that would have been staged in the posh mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Davos. A state in Switzerland is called a canton. That canton is called Graubuenden. Asked about financing a candidacy for the 2026 Games, 60.1 of voters there said, nope.

New England quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick celebrate the Patriots' 34-28 overtime victory in Super Bowl LI // Getty Images


In which LA karma meets Olympic dogma

The universe, if you are listening, speaks in whispers. There is karma, and it is real.

For the doubters, the universe offered a jolt of lightning proof Sunday that we are, indisputably, living in Donald Trump’s United States of America. The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in the NFL’s first overtime Super Bowl.

A certain golf course on the Palos Verdes peninsula with a connection to the 45th president // Trump National website


Like gin and tonic: sports and politics mix it up

The headlines are rich with stories about how sports and politics mix. This inevitably brings up the old fiction about how, especially in the Olympic scene, the two are supposed to be like church and state — separate and apart.

That’s a notion from way long ago. From a time when basketball players wore way shorter shorts.