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Bidding war? What is it good for?

Updated: October 2, 2009, 9:26 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics reached its peak this week when the most respected, influential and famous person in the United States traveled to Copenhagen to make the Windy City's case before the International Olympic Committee:

Oprah.

Oh, and President Obama will be there as well to make Chicago's case before the IOC picks a host city Friday. Ever since Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin swayed votes for the 2012 and 2014 Games, sending your head of state to ...

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