Go, New Zealand

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You're going down, dude

Imagine if Larry Ellison lost the America's Cup.

Imagine if the third-richest American -- the guy who made the race so expensive that only billionaires (and poor Team New Zealand) could enter -- became the man who lost the Cup. Imagine if the next race were held Down Under, with cheaper boats that don't kill people -- and no taxpayer subsidy from San Francisco.

I'm rooting for the upset. Go Kiwis.

Seriously: Ellison is an asshole, he's refused to pay for his own race party, possibly sticking San Francisco with as much as $20 million in unpaid bills. Yeah, he's the American in the America's Cup, but I really don't care if the trophy stays in this country.

New Zealand's having trouble coming up the money for all the last-minute equipment changes, but I don't see that team dropping out. The folks from NZ want this, and they want it bad. New Zealanders probably care more about the Cup than Americans do. Beating Ellison, with his unlimited cash and unlimited arrogance, would be a huge source of national pride.

So I'll be out there watching the races, but I won't be cheering the home team. And I'll go home happy if Larry's a loser.

 

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just because that person is successful?

And exactly what part of your prejudicial biases do you think we didn't know already?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 05, 2013 @ 11:24 am

New Zealand's having trouble coming up the money for all the last-minute equipment changes, but I don't see that team dropping out.

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"Because the number of teams had fallen to four from the organizers’ prediction of 15 in 2010, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute estimated that the event would generate $900 million in economic activity, compared with an earlier projection of $1.4 billion; attract 2 million spectators, instead of 2.7 million; and bring 6,500 jobs instead of 8,800."

You keep hearing about a $20 million worst case expense for the city from Tim, but you have to realize that he can't bring himself to mention the $900 million economic benefit.

Classic Tim Redmond -- screw the $900 million benefit to the local economy if it means that a single wealthy person will have his way. Tim has his priorities!

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or have pro sports teams here. Or, for that matter, to retain cutting-edge businesses like Twitter by offering tax breaks.

But Tim never understood that. He'd rather throw money at losers than winners.

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Do you still post here? I thought it was the Johnny Angel show now.

Also, I don't get why you would consent to watch the races. Wouldn't it make you less of a hypocrite to boycott them entirely?

Posted by Chromefields on Jun. 05, 2013 @ 11:39 am

would rather everybody lose out and suffer, but he be proven right about something, then for everyone to benefit but he be proven wrong.

kinda pathetic

Posted by Guest on Jun. 05, 2013 @ 11:52 am

Railing and ranting at the world, enraged by success wherever it happens, sans sense, sans logic, sans everything.

My sense is that he has given up on his goals, and is merely going through the motions to get his paycheck, hoping for early retirement.

Luckily for Tim, his wife is a lawyer, so his job is just for beer money anyway. He might have to do more housework if he gets laid off though, so it's worth hanging on at SFBG anyway just for that.

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any semblance of patriotism or national pride.

So the fact that you root for the other team simply because our sponsor is a rich guy carries little import.

You might as well support Johnny Foreigner in every other sport where money matters, like golf, tennis, motor racing, winter sports etc.

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Does Ellison and company have like a patent claim to boat races? Why can't we have a San Fran Bay Peoples Boat race (ok, crappy title, but you get the idea)?

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