Poor CW Nevius is still smarting over the drubbing he took over “This isn’t Oakland.” Check it:
SF CHRONICLE COLUMNIST BASHES OAKLAND
See how that works? You all need to check in with CW himself before you criticize him – that’s the rule. It’s a kind of YOU DON’T KNOW ME! defense, one supposes.
So that’s the context.
Now look! San Francisco Chronicle’s right-of-center Everyman has lurched across the aisle with this recent effort about the local history of the Gay Olympics / Gay Games:
S.F. backstory to Olympics’ new policy on gays, by C.W. Nevius
Now here’s your real back story. First, bone up on this:
Amateur Sports Act of 1978
And then see the court case that explains why the term Gay Games is kosher but Gay Olympics isn’t. A 7-2 decision, more or less:
San Francisco Arts & Athletics, Inc. v. United States Olympic Committee
Here’s my point – what Nevius is saying is that the USOC’s effort to defend its “brand” back in the 1970’s was “pointless.” Except the USOC won and now the Gay Olympics is known as the Gay Games and life goes on.
Do you want to get into why the IOC / USOC and all the other OC’s of the world tolerate people using a term like “Redneck Olympics,” at least until it grows into a big event? Be my guest.
(Oh, but wait, the official name of that event in Georgia is now the Redneck Games. Is the USOC against rednecks? IDK.)
Speaking of points, here’s one:
Mess with the Olympic brand long enough and you just might end up with a lien on your house.
Which is fair enough, I suppose.
(And actually, the USOC lifted the lien anyway.)
Hey remember what CW Nevius had to say before the disastrous 34th America’s Cup came to town? He called it:
“a wonderful opportunity without a downside.”
Except we ended up with a lot of downsides.
And now he’s cheerleading for the 2024 Olympics to come to town. And while he’s doing that, he criticizes the USOC for stuff from a third of a decade ago.
Of course, he could criticize the current USOC, but no, Nevius doesn’t want to do that.
Hey look, it’s gay rights champion Vladimir Putin chilling with CW Nevius hero Larry “The Good” Probst:
And when was this shot taken, was it a third of a century ago?
Oh no, it was this year.