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One of my favorite Simpsons episodes is “Homer’s Enemy,” or the one with Frank Grimes. Today’s events reminded me of the scene where Mr. Burns is judging the power plant model competition for children.
If you’ve never seen it, Martin displays his model, a modern plant that actually powers the room they’re in. Mr. Burns dismisses it as cold and sterile, and orders him off his property.
Homer’s entry is next, and Grimey tries to rally the crowd against him by pressing the point that Homer is earnestly competing against children. As is usual for Grimes, the plan backfires. Despite the plant being nothing more than a replica of the current plant with a racing stripe and fins, Mr. Burns awards him first prize.
I thought of that scene today when Madrid’s bid for the Olympics outlasted Chicago’s … even though it’s chief selling point was that Juan Antonio Samaranch would get to see another (not the first, just another) Summer Games in his homeland before he died.
And now, a Sox-related question:
Do you think Placido Polanco might interest the Sox this offseason, as an alternative to Chone Figgins?