From America's Flop to America's Blowout -- and we couldn't be happier

New Zealand's Emirates team smokes the American Oracle team, yet again, on Sept. 12. Races could wrap up Sunday.

New Zealand’s sailing team could win the America’s Cup this weekend after taking a 6-0 lead over the American team sponsored by Oracle and its billionaire CEO Larry Ellison, who made this elite sailing race even more prohibitively expensive than usual. And we at the Guardian couldn’t be happier for the Kiwis. Go New Zealand!

For years, we’ve been covering this sad spectacle, from the overhyped initial attendance and economic projections to the waterfront land grab and real estate swindle that Ellison and company tried to perpetrate on San Francisco to sticking city taxpayers with a big bill that Ellison should have footed himself to the episodes of cheating that caused international judges to dock Ellison’s team two points in the final (one of which is still yet to be assessed).

So we feel vindicated by this great act of karmic justice, to watch Ellison’s team not just losing badly, but being utterly blown out of the water by the straight-shooting team from Down Under, whose skipper has pledged to scale back future America’s Cups to make them cheaper and more accessible.

Frankly, watching the America’s Cup has been far less exciting than the speedy “NASCAR on water” that it was hyped as by organizers. This “sport” makes baseball seem riveting and fast-paced. But we’re thrilled to watch the grand finale, if only for the snicker.  



Posted by anon on Sep. 14, 2013 @ 11:00 am

There is one of you born every minute.

Posted by Matlock on Sep. 14, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

Completely agree, Steven. I'm glad this extremely over-hyped elitist event for the 1% has been a complete failure. I remember when it was first hyped by that incompetent corporatist mayor for the 1% currently in City Hall. This event was supposedly going to bring thousands and thousands of internationals to San Francisco and tons of money. A city full of people in addition to the locals. Nada. Never happened. One got the impression the city was going to be over-run with people, restaurants packed, bars packed, taxis full, limos all over the place, etc. Nada. Never happened. The US has to cheat and/or lie on everything it does whether it's war (a false-flag) or sporting events (cycling for example: Lance Armstrong). Good for New Zealand.

Now, as for this site of trolls and infiltrators for the 1%:

From reading this site for some time and the rank and septic comments, it is clear to me that the 1% are paying people to troll on this site (it especially began around the time of Occupy to try to destroy them). The comments I'm referring to (paid for by the 1%) are consistently of the same tone: smug, arrogant, uncaring, unfeeling, cold, and elitist. They care about no one but themselves. Of course the 1% and their trolls/infiltrators will deny this and make fun of the comment. That's a given so just ignore them. The 1% have got to be paying people to write comments for them on this site because what explanation could there possibly be for "people" living on a site that they hate as these 1% trolls do? I'm sure the 1% trolls/infiltrators will now come along and troll this comment---that's a given---and use words such as "conspiracy theorist" and "your envy" and their other repertoire of overused snooty language that one is so tired of hearing. Their scripts are so "last year." Just ignore them. Nothing they say is based in facts anyway because they don't like facts getting in the way of their hate and their elitist, "I think I'm better than you" shallow and superficial 1% attitude/thinking.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 14, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

if they were paid they would be better at it

and they wouldn't make important commentary stay up at the top of the 'most commented on' list

i think they are just conflict addicted abusers who can't stop

Posted by racer x on Sep. 14, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

bumping a troll past the jump ;)

Posted by racer x on Sep. 14, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

are we paying ourselves to troll here?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 15, 2013 @ 8:46 am

I guess it works to a point, spinning out crazy conspiracy theories will always gain a certain fraction of the population to your cause.

Using external forces you might be able to up the number some, such as the right during various points during the cold war and after Ruby Ridge and Waco. It's hard to maintain a significant movement of wing nuts rambling about paid posters on SFBG though.

What the progressives need is another Reagan in office, in the 80's all manor of left wing kookery came out of the woodwork, some good(anti interventionist) some laughable(Andrea Dworkin and all the feminuts).

Posted by Matlock on Sep. 15, 2013 @ 11:50 am

What a sad cunt!

Posted by Larre Ellisun on Sep. 14, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

Gotta love them boosters!

Posted by marcos on Sep. 15, 2013 @ 9:52 am

This writer reminds me of the right wingers who are so blinded by their ideological zeal that all they want is Obama to fail. If that means the US has gone down in flames, so be it!!

The races brought a lot of economic benefits to the city, and could've brought much more. An Oracle win could've brought another race here, although I doubt LE and the americas cup in general would subject themselves to San Francisco again. But if they did, it surely have added even more economic benefit, with better choices made thanks to the wisdom derived from experience.

Just think of all the addicts, parolees, and criminally insane would could permanently house in downtown SF with all that tax revenue!!! SF could finally realize the progressive vision as a mecca of misery and failure and addiction!

Posted by Guest on Sep. 16, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

what it was supposed to deliver and that larry ellison originally attempted to use his cup proposal as leverage to get the city to give him a huge stretch of our our most valuable public waterfront for virtually nothing so that he could use it as a waterfront condo project money pump to further inflate his already absurd income

luckily, the waterfront giveaway was not allowed to happen

unfortunately the low turnout did happen

and the city is now stuck with millions in losses

Posted by racer x on Sep. 17, 2013 @ 12:04 am

It's a grand world-class event and I'd rather see my taxes go to that than to pay for sex-change operations for homeless people.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 17, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

"Millions in losses." You realize, don't you, that the city budget has set aside A Billion Dollars for "homeless services." That is what I call a waste of money, unless you think affording people their comfort as they satisfy their crack addition money well spent.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 18, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

People should live comfortably, even if they have substance abuse issues. They're no less human. They don't live comfortably, of course. But to the extent that they money spent on homeless services makes them moreso than they otherwise would be, I think it's money well spent.

Giveaways to billionaires who don't need it... that's what I call a waste of money.

Posted by Greg on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

Watching the America's Cup right now, here in New Zealand - who the hell came up with the travesty of the 40 minute rule? USA dodged a bullet with the first race. The second race is starting and it's high time we brought the cup home again. Let this race end the bullcrap.

When we make it New Zealand's cup once again, look for the sport to return to being a sport rather than a show pony captured by the wealthy elite.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

...if not tomorrow. I'm with you. The 40-minute rule is crap. You guys already won this thing fair and square. Here's one American hoping you guys take it back, because we sure as hell can't afford it!

Posted by Greg on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

It was a mistake to not stick with the 45 footers that allowed many to participate.

Nevertheless, as much as I personally dislike Larry Ellison and the manner in which he operates his enterprises, I find the live coverage on the sports channel riveting.

I'm a techie and like fast boats. But, there is a lingering feeling that these last postponements are to enhance revenues. Why, now we are even into a Saturday!

Posted by SFreptile on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

Steven T. Jones, I have no idea who you are but you clearly like to throw opinion around with little to no actual knowledge or understanding. Makes for some rather lame journalism if you can even call it that. If you bothered to take a closer look, you might actually realize the America's Cup has just a little bit of history that predates SF's becoming the smuggy-aired host and Larry throwing his weight around. And even if you still didn't get why, despite those things, it is a fascinating event for many people, grow up and move on! Why get your underpants all in a bunch over it? Why throw your opinion around when your opinion doesn't matter? Or is your beef really with Larry?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

Because we taxpayers are being made to shell out cash money to subsidize this freak show.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

You're worried that tax payers are being forced to finance the nutty dreams of others?

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