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No Room at the Inn
Your Jan. 8 cover billing, see y'all IN Atlanta, might more aptly have read, "Y'all come, ya hear? Just don't stay." As someone who managed to complete the ticket-request forms and actually get three out of my four first-choice events, I was excited about attending the Olympic Games—until 1 tried to find a place to stay for my party of four. After convincing myself that it was acceptable to stay up to 120 miles from the city, I still failed to find what I thought were suitable accommodations in the Olympic Games Travel Network's lottery. Private houses proved no better, as some are priced at more than $1,000 a night, with seven-to 14-day stays required.
I wonder if Billy Payne's home might be available for a lower price. At this point, my only other option seems to be purchasing 30 contiguous Olympic walkway bricks at $35 each and pitching a tent on my new homestead.
The Olympics have turned into just another sports-entertainment extravaganza. The idea of public financial support for the Games is ludicrous. If they ever use my tax money to underwrite the Games, they had better make the ticket prices reasonable enough so that I can go and watch them.
Touch of Class
Soccer Si, Scrabble No
Incredible! After years and years of women in swimsuits, dry golf-course analysis, horse racing, tennis soap operas, boring chess matches, baseball and hockey strikes, basketball weirdos, greedy NHL owners and college football gambling scandals, the Scrabble players of the planet finally get pulled out of the closet by your publication! Made me so happy I was tempted to run to the game board and swallow an S and an I!
•Here are the 10, with their draft positions.—ED.