The 2024 Boston Olympics: Mad dashes for the T, drunken cobble stone treks and snow shovel jousting
Hundreds of creative and quippy Bostonians wasted no time today offering ideas on Hub-themed Summer Games as news quickly spread that a private group wants to bring the 2024 Olympics to the city.
The Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee said it wants Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s blessing before pursuing support from local businesses.
Menino told WBUR today that the idea is “far-fetched.”
“I’d also be concerned about the cost of it and what it costs to taxpayers of the city of Boston. Just to apply, to be considered costs $6-8 million — not refundable either. So that’s $6-8 million that was used of public funds to apply for consideration for the Olympics. At this time, I think it’s a far-fetched idea, and just wish that I knew about it before it was in the paper,” Menino said.
Some residents have already voiced opposition, citing a lack of space and a weak transportation system, and when asked whether the MBTA could accommodate thousands of Olympic spectators if the event came to the Boston, MBTA Spokesman Joe Pesaturo said, “Confronted with a $140 million deficit in this year’s budget… and $8 billion in debt, the MBTA needs an Olympics-like effort to stabilize its finances.”
But those who jumped on Twitter’s #FakeBostonOlympicEvents trend today seemed to have no problem with the event going off in Boston – as long as it reflects some of the Hub’s favorite Mass hole pastimes.
Most of of the tongue-in-cheek game ideas involve some form of driving, some take place at the T, and shockingly, only a few require drinking.
Here is a round up of some of the best #FakeBostonOlympicEvents:
“Hold up Callahan Tunnel ceiling tiles as long as possible.” – @conoryunits
“Rat catching 20minutes in the common and public garden to catch as many as possible points based on size & quantity.” – @noahsimon5
“Walking the Boston Marathon holding a 30 rack and finishing one beer at every mile checkpoint.” – @LypstikJungle
“Valet drivers sprint through North End to their cars parked in resident spots before BTD gives a ticket.” – @RepMichlewitz
“Silver Line sprint (who can get to Logan faster: you or the T?)” – @jbergstein
“Walk through Beacon Hill, on the cobble stone, up and down the hills, drunk, at midnight, in stilettos.” – @HellOnHeelsGirl
“Avoid the I-93 potholes without injuring yourself or another driver.” – @StvBurns
“Walking the Boston Marathon holding a 30 rack and finishing one beer at every mile checkpoint.” -@LypstikJungle
“The Irish Biathlon: Beer Drinking and Fighting.” – @mwlphelps
“Honkapalooza: Cross a taxi-filled street after the crosswalk has expired. Most honks wins.” – @schuppaloop
“Getting to your destination without having to circle back around storrow drive.” – @JuliaMichele
“Road Curling: Enter a roundabout in the left lane but take first immediate right.” – @schuppaloop
“Pentathlon: Simultaneous Driving, Texting, Applying Makeup, Eating, and Cell Phone Talking.” – @mwlphelps
“Household Place Saver! C who can smash the car up the most + fastest once they take the parking spot.” – @billykamp
“Freestyle Parking (most spaces taken up with one car wins)” – @mwlphelps
“(Hail) a cab at 1:30 am in South Boston going to Beacon Hill in a snow storm. Shortest time point A t (point) B wins.” – @LesleyGaughan
“The 100 Meter Commuter Rail Platform Sprint. Because your train is actually leaving on time for once.” – @ItsTheSeff
“Snow Shovel Jousting: Victor wins the parking spot.”- @schuppaloop