Kriston Capps is a staff writer for CityLab covering housing, architecture, and politics. He previously worked as a senior editor for Architect magazine.
One Twitter user's suggested Olympics motto: "Fastah, Highah, Wicked Strong."
After the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Boston as the U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, the Internet exploded with cries of triumph and anguish. The outpouring of glee and pride was sincere.
Then the fun started.
Congratulations, Boston, you crazy, laid-out-by-cows, Hub of the Universe. See you at the new Equestrian Center in Dorchester. #Boston2024— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) January 9, 2015
My new logo for the 2024 Boston Olympics: pic.twitter.com/cxIMDHJuMz— Todd Radom (@ToddRadom) January 9, 2015
The Dropkick Murphys Olympics-related songs are going to be so bad. #Boston2024— Jay Williams (@jaybeas) January 8, 2015
yaaaaah boston olympics hundred yahd them aaaaaaaaapples... pic.twitter.com/h5hsSMaF4C— Uncle Dynamite (@UncleDynamite) January 9, 2015
I am already stuck in traffic for the 2024 Boston Olympics.— Steve Rushin (@SteveRushin) January 8, 2015
Who will win the Gold Medal in Larry Bird Nostalgia? #Boston2024— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 8, 2015
Naturally, politicians are required to chime in on these sorts of announcements.
It's an exceptional honor for Boston to be chosen as U.S.representative running for 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games http://t.co/IcQIihQrCj— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) January 8, 2015
But it's way more fun to read the jokes.
just converted my backyard into an outdoor Dressage arena so Im really banking on #Boston2024 or else my dog is going to learn how to Piaffe— Jeff Israel (@jeffisrael25) January 8, 2015
boston olympics brought to standstill when every single visitor decides to visit mike’s pastry at the same time— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) January 8, 2015
The 1000m Dash to the Last T #bostonolympics— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) January 8, 2015
Minor change to the 2024 Boston Olympics: diving will be scored by some 5,000,000 expert judges. #bruins— Rather Gingerly (@WinterLions) January 9, 2015
Boston Olympics motto: Fastah, Highah, Wicked Strong— delrayser (@delrayser) January 9, 2015
No one who knows someone from Boston was spared the Boston triumphalism.
Let 'em have it. If Boston is picked over the other international cities competing to host the games, it will need to represent the U.S. on the global stage. That's going to come at considerable cost. The possibility that it could go wrong for taxpayers is real.
But if Boston gets the bid—and then does it right—then the city can look forward to internal improvements and gratitude from everyone else.
Let's do this. @boston2024— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) January 8, 2015