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Ready, Fire, Aim: Why Would San Francisco Cheerlead for the America’s Cup Before the Deal with Larry Ellison is Made?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Shouldn’t SFGov be trying to talk down the America’s Cup this week, you know, right before the final deal gets made? I think so.

You know, Larry Ellison’s lickspittle threatens to cancel the whole deal like every day. Has Mayor Ed Lee ever threatened that? I don’t think so. That’s part of the reason why this deal is skewed so much against future San Franciscans – our grandkids will end up paying for this coming debacle, it looks like.

Of course the Republican “Alliance for Jobs” and the unions are all for AC13, but it’s quite obvious already that this will be a bad deal for San Francisco.

There’ll be a “roundtable” cheerleading session at Pier 32 this AM, and then there’ll be this on Tuesday:

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Now, speaking of cheerleading…

The America’s Cup sailing races coming to San Francisco – starting this summer with the World Series races

UH, NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE WORLD SERIES RACES, SORRY. THIS IS A SPORT BY THE 1% AND FOR THE 1%, RIGHT?

– is a very good thing for our city. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW? WE’LL BE PAYING FOR IT OVER THE NEXT 100 YEARS – ISN’T IT KIND OF LIKE MORTGAGING OUR FUTURE, LIKE SPENDING OUR GRANDCHILDREN’S MONEY?

I say that as a San Francisco resident as well as part of the tourism community.

WELL, AS A SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENT AND A TOURIST INDUSTRY COMMUNITY NON-MEMBER, I’M CALLING BULLSHIT ON THIS WHOLE DEAL.

A major opportunity has been handed to us. 

OH, THE WAY GREECE WAS “HANDED” THE FAILED 2004 OLYMPICS?

Now is the time to get behind it and make the most of it, for now and the future of San Francisco.  Why?

ALL RIGHT, I’LL BITE WHY?

First of all, it’s going to be exciting. 

ABSOLUTELY WRONG. IT WILL BE LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY, LIKE WATCHING GRASS GROW. OTOH, DON’T YOU THINK THAT WATCHING THE GIANTS OR THE 49ERS OR THE WARRIORS WIN, DON’T YOU THINK THAT THESE NON-1% SPORTS ARE MORE EXCITING THAN THE STUPID AMERICA’S CUP? I MEAN, IF REGULAR PEOPLE WANTED TO WATCH BOAT RACES, THEN SAN DIEGO WOULD HAVE TURNED OUT FOR THE RECENT EVENTS DOWN THERE. SAN DIEGO DID NOT TURN OUT. WHAT’S THE REASON WHY THE PROMOTERS SO OVERESTIMATED DEMAND IN AN ELITE SPORT THAT NOBODY HAS CARED ABOUT FOR MORE THAN A DECADE?

The America’s Cup takes racing to an entirely new level. 

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? LARRY ELLISON, IN HIS ATTEMPTS TO WIN AGAIN, HAS CHUCKED TRADITION, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT? IS LARRY DISAPPOINTED THAT NOBODY IN TOWN KNOWS OR CARES ABOUT HOW HE BOUGHT HIS CUP VICTORY IN SPAIN OR WHEREVER? I THINK SO.

Watching these high-tech boats practically fly across the water is thrilling. 

UH, FOR WHOM? THESE WILL NOT BE “THE FASTEST BOATS IN THE WORLD” OR EVEN THE FASTEST SAILBOATS, RIGHT? I MEAN, SOME FERRY BOATS GO FASTER, RIGHT? WHY DON’T WE RACE CAR-CARRYING FERRIES ABOUT THE BAY INSTEAD, IF YOU HAVE A NEED FOR SPEED?

The gathering of sailing teams and those who love the sport from around the world will amp up the energy and diversity in the city, always a good thing.

NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE 1% EUROTRASH EXCEPT OTHER 1% EUROTRASH. AND HOW ON EARTH WILL ALL THESE 1-PERCENTER WHITE PEOPLE “AMP UP” DIVERSITY?

Second, it will showcase San Francisco and the Bay Area to the entire world.  Media coverage will introduce the beauty of our city and our region to a global audience, generating thoughts of “I want to go there” that will result in visitors arriving for years to come.

“INTRODUCE?” ISN’T SAN FRANCISCO VERY HIGH ON PEOPLE’S WISHLISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD ALREADY? WON’T WE ALREADY HAVE VISITORS ARRIVING FOR YEARS TO COME?

Third, it will give a much needed spark to our economy. 

LIKE A STIMULUS PACKAGE? SO WHY DON’T WE GIVE THE NINE-FIGURES TO THE PEOPLE NOW, INSTEAD OF TO LARRY ELLISON?

The 34th America’s Cup will create more than 8,000 jobs and pump an estimated $1.4 billion dollars into our economy. 

BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT. NUMBER ONE, YOU’RE JUST GUESSING. NUMBER TWO, ITS A WILDLY-INFLATED GUESS, AS EVERYBODY WHO HAS LOOKED INTO THIS ALREADY KNOWS. AREN”T THE CURRENT WILDLY-INFLATED ESTIMATES MUCH LOWER THAN THIS ALREADY?

Among major sporting events, the America’s Cup delivers the third largest economic impact to host destinations, exceeded only by the Olympic Games and World Cup.

THIS STAT WILL NEED TO BE RE-WRITTEN AFTER THE AMERICA’S CUP TURNS INTO A FIASCO OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR SO. WOULDN’T SAN FRANCISCO PREFER TO GET THE WARRIORS OR TO NOT LOSE THE NINERS? AND HAS MONTREAL FINALLY FINISHED PAYING OFF ITS OLYMPICS FROM LIKE FOUR DECADES AGO? WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WAS THAT? AND HOW ABOUT GREECE? WHAT DID THE OLYMPICS DO TO GREECE?

Of course, with any major event come some temporary inconveniences and sacrifices like traffic, parking and crowded restaurants.

WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THAT? WE”RE PAYING WAY TOO MUCH MONEY FOR THE CUP AND TOO MUCH OF THE RISK IS ON US. AND ALL THE NUMBERS FROM THE PROMOTERS ARE PROVING TO BE WRONG ALREADY. WHY DO YOU TALK ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS YOU GUESS MIGHT HAPPEN WITHOUT MENTIONING THE BAD?

WHY DON’T YOU TELL US WHAT IT WILL COST US? YOU DON’T SEEM TO CARE. MAYBE IF IT COST US A BILLION, YOU’D STILL APPROVE? WHO KNOWS? MAYBE.

LARRY ELLISON WANTS TO PLAY AROUND WITH BOATS, BUT LARRY ELLISON WANTS US TO PAY FOR IT AND HAVE US TAKE THE BULK OF THE RISK.

IT’S A SORRY SITUATION.

Famous Beach Volleyballers Coming to San Francisco This Weekend

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Are you ready for this? It’s the “AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco presented by Fuze Beverage, Part of the AVP Crocs Cup Shootout presented by Bud Light“!

Per the AVP, Piers 30 and 32 “will be rocking” Friday Through Sunday, courtesy to the sponsorship of those Crocs shoes. Check out this earth-toned pair recently abandoned in Golden Gate Park during Power to the Peaceful 2008. Click for the full horror: 

Anywho, check the schedule and then get your tickets

Of course they hit you with a $23.50 ”order processing fee” for a pair of three-session Front Row Courtside tickets, but you’re rich because you live in San Francisco. Right?

C’mon you richers, you want to see Kerri Walsh, Misty May-Treanor, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, fresh from winning gold at the Genocide Olympics in Beijing, China, don’t you? Watching this is probably much better than playing Hooverball with a medicine ball in the park.

Schedule:

Friday, September 12th: SESSION 1 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM (12 total matches on 2 courts)

Saturday, September 13th: SESSION 2 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM (12 total matches on 2 courts)

Sunday, September 14th: SESSION 3 11:15 AM – 5:00 PM (4 total matches on center court: men’s and women’s finals)

Will this sport’s “Perv Factor” (its popularity due to the competitor’s sex appeal) fill the stands in San Francisco? Only Time Will Tell.

See you there!