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Weekly poll

An Olympic-sized split over bringing Games to Boston

We’re a skeptical bunch in Massachusetts. Even a little ornery. And the impulse is never more pronounced than in the realm of sports; just turn on your car stereo.

But here’s the thing about athletics. There is nothing quite like a big happening — a World Series victory or the triumphant return of the Boston Marathon — to wipe that cynicism away, replacing it with a giddy, almost guileless civic pride.

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