The portion of the freeway between I-24 and the Oligiati Bridge is actually NOT up to federal interstate standards. Interestingly, the part north of Signal Mountain Road that IS interstate-standard never held the I-124 designation. My guess is that non-standard downtown portion was the biggest reason the I-124 designation was phased out (in the early 00s, I believe - the last sign disappeared around the time the Oligiati Bridge was expanded).
Very boring. It's a slightly bigger Jetta. Very disappointing, from an enthusiast's point of view.
Not to defend the politicians, but I doubt they are really as "surprised" as they say. They are just trying to save face, or just simply not willing to admit the truth. Most of these people aren't brave enough to come out and say, "I knew we were going to get our butts beat". The parties as a whole would probably frown on anyone saying that. So for the most part, I would just chalk this up as another lie that politicians try to force-feed us. They all stink - when you go to the polls, you just have to pick the least smelliest.
I am originally from Florence, Alabama. We have the same problem there with the Division 2 Championship Game. What the NCAA needs to understand is that local fans can only care so much about two teams they have no connection to. It is not fair to lay the financial burden on Chattanoogans. Florence has kept the game for 25 years because of the way they cater to the participating teams and their fans. Chattanooga should follow this model. The FCS Championship game may indeed move to Dallas, but in a few years, they will be suffering the same attendance problems. Hopefully the NCAA will consider this. Alas, as they are all about the almighty $, I anticipate the game being in Dallas in 2010.
College athletics is a business. The University has just as much right to pursue a profit as any other business would in our society. Sports are used as an escape from the sometimes harsh realities of life. The great thing is, if you don't want to watch on television or spend money to attend a certain event, you don't have to. But to criticize other people for having "priorities" that aren't in line with yours is very judgmental.