Hosting the Games would undoubtedly mean more to many other cities. Bay Area fans tend to focus on professional sports, as most of the college programs in the area can attest, so unless Barry Bonds is handing the baton to Jerry Rice in the 4 x 100 relay, track and field isn't likely to keep their interest very long.
Hold the Games somewhere, anywhere else. The local populace might be disappointed to lose the chance to show off to the world, but these are San Franciscans we're talking about—it's nothing that a good Cabernet won't cure.
Bill Scheft is on vacation.