Hello, Aaron Cormican!
Fortune favors the bold, they say, and most things they say are silly but this is entirely and completely true. The only multi-billionaires hedging bets, being careful, not acting boldly are multi-billionaires who have inherited their fortunes and are ashamedly dithering them away.
In any case, the United State of Florida, sensing bold opportunity, offered to host the 2021 Olympic Games today just in case Tokyo is not up for it.
You may have read the leaked missives, released days ago, suggesting that Japan may be cooling on the idea of hosting a once-every-four-years bacchanal in the heat-adjacent of Covid-19. Officials quickly denied the cold feet though Florida, smelling bold fortuity, declared desire.
Per Yahoo Sports:
Florida’s chief financial officer on Monday told the International Olympic Committee that the state would be happy to host the Olympics Games amid speculation that current hosts Japan may back out.
Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to Thomas Bach, the head of the IOC, “to encourage you to consider relocating the 2021 Olympics from Tokyo, Japan to the United States of America, and more specifically to Florida.”
“With media reports of leaders in Japan ‘privately’ concluding that they are too concerned about the pandemic for the 2021 Olympics to take place, there is still time to deploy a site selection team to Florida,” he said.
The letter, signed by Patronis and posted online, cited the supposed strength of state’s vaccination roll-out, its economic re-opening and sports events it has hosted during the pandemic, as well as the fact that its theme parks, including Disney World, are open for business.
How happy is Yahoo not to be Twitter or Facebook right now with all those monopoly issues? But also, conundrum. I love Japan more than any country save Yemen. I love Florida more than any state save Wyoming.
Where does that leave me?
Team Japan, clearly.
But good on Team Florida.
Fortune favors the boozy.
Kanoa Igarashi better get ready to claim a love of hush puppies, tax-free livin’ and tomahawk chops.
But where would the surfing in Florida be conducted.
New Smyrna, obviously, but where else?