World Cup viewing party moved to Soldier Field. (Chicago Tribune, 6/29/2014)
61,500 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation Americans expected*. The change of venue should offer some much-needed breathing room for the city’s growing soccer fan base. When the U.S. tied Portugal last weekend, 20,000 people crowded into a block-long stretch of Balbo Drive to watch the match on a single screen. As the street filled up before kickoff, police blocked entry, prompting some frustrated fans to hop the chain-link fence or climb a tree in Grant Park to find a view. Large crowds also turned out in Grant Park for group stage matches against Ghana and Germany.
Crowds like these are clogging the streets of U.S. cities.
*And Ann Coulter is very upset.
Or maybe she's just yanking our chain.
I sometimes suspect that Coulter doesn't believe any of the stuff she writes or says, that her punditry is nothing more than shtick, puerile and simple.
But very lucrative shtick.
Her calculated blathering keeps her in the spotlight and, sadly, increases demand for speaking engagements and TV bookings. Hard as it is to believe, she commands a fee of as much as $75,000 in the U.S. (The Daily Beast reported that she made "about $25,000 per speech" in 2010. It is indeed a P. T. Barnum world.)
Expect her to keep upping the ante.