Monday, October 8, 2007

What's the point of having Lake Michigan water if you don't use it?

The Chicago Bears will probably get slaps on the back for more than beating the Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday night.

The victory over the hapless Pack might turn some sports fans away from focusing what went wrong with the Lasalle Bank Chicago Marathon.

Chicago calls itself as "the city that works" but it sure didn't work well Sunday.

For the first time in its 30-year history, the marathon shut down early as aberrant heat and humidity triggered more than 300 ailments.

Runners reported water shortages. One runner died due to a heart condition. And the International Olympic Committee, which will pick a 2016 host from seven rivals, is unlikely to make the distinction that the marathon was privately operated. In other words, Chicago's already outside chance to host the Olympics in 2016 appears even more remote.

But, as a practical matter, one has to wonder how a city sitting on so much water could have squandered it during Sunday's marathon. Yes, the heat was unusual, but changing weather is part of Chicago culture. (Remember the 62-degree Christmas Day in 1982?)

One can also wonder how long it'll take for the first lawsuits to be filed as a result of this boner.

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