So, this is what the fallout from the Olympic Bid Scandal has come to: In a single week, Deedee Corradini shows up in the news again carrying an Olympic torch in South Carolina, and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee refuses to include Tom Welch and Dave Johnson on the Olympic Wall of Honor in Legacy Plaza.

What's wrong with this picture?

We'll take this to mean that SLOC is sticking to its story — that the bid scandal was the work of Tom and Dave, and no one else knew a thing. Honest.

Which makes Tom and Dave geniuses, doesn't it? How else do you pull off an operation like that right under the noses of the best and brightest of the community without them knowing? Just for that alone, they should get their names on the Wall of Honor. Only two?! C'mon, it took 10 people just to light Tony Samaranch's pipe.

The Wall of Honor honors those who contributed to bringing the Olympics to Salt Lake City. No one could dispute the part that Tom and Dave played in doing that, but SLOC has determined that because of Tom and Dave's starring roles in the bid scandal — picture Bob Barker — they don't deserve to have their names etched in stone.

Tom and Dave didn't just make contributions to the Olympic bid; they were the Olympic bid. If Tom and Dave don't do the legwork, there are no Salt Lake Olympic Games.

During the 1980s, Tom and Dave, along with Neil Richardson, flew to Europe, rented a car and hit the Autobahn, knocking on the doors of 100-plus IOC officials. They were door-to-door salesmen, selling Salt Lake City as an Olympic host. They did major-league schmoozing on the city's behalf.

Somebody had to do it, and if not these guys, then who — Mitt Romney? They were made for the job — Johnson the auto salesman and Welch the geeky, rich lawyer, a pair of relentless, driven, competitive types who didn't know when to quit. (You can decide if that's good or bad). Tom and Dave started it all and pulled off what all the other Salt Lake bid attempts couldn't do: They landed the Games. To get them, of course, they played a very old game — You Scratch My Back, I'll Comb Yours — one that was known far and wide. Then somebody changed the unwritten rules on them and their old pals in Salt Lake City left them twisting in the wind.

"If anyone deserved credit for bringing the Games to Utah, it is Tom and Dave," Romney told Deseret News reporter Jennifer Toomer-Cook. "But to honor them . . . would send the wrong message to the world."

What message is that? That no one else was part of the scandal? That the bid scandal never happened? That SLOC is petty and vindictive?

After all the dust settled, the bottom line was this: The only people who got more than a slap on the wrist were people with no money or clout — namely, Tom, Dave and 10 IOC peons from third-world countries (Ecuador, Sudan, Congo, Samoa, etc.). Now they want to continue playing out this farce with an Olympic wall.

If SLOC is going to deny a spot on the wall for anyone who had a role in the scandal, then they might want to rethink a few more names or risk sending "a wrong message" to those who don't like having their intelligence insulted.

Let's see, Corradini was the mayor for two terms during the bid era and was a big part of the bid process. If she didn't know, then why not? Last week she carried the Olympic torch in South Carolina and nobody said a thing. Frank Joklik was Tom and Dave's boss. If he didn't know, why not? He's still on SLOC's Board of Trustees.

Are we really supposed to believe that Gov. Mike Leavitt, Verl Topham, Spence Eccles, Craig Peterson, Jim Jardine, Jim Easton, Anita DeFrantz and the other big hitters didn't know about the relatives of IOC members who were working for the state and city or for Utah businesses? Or about the scholarships and gifts?

If they're going to get picky about who should be on the wall, there might not be anyone left to put on the wall. Either honor everyone who helped land the Olympics and leave it at that, or forget the whole thing.


Doug Robinson's column runs on Tuesdays. E-mail drob@desnews.com.