2012 Olympics — San Francisco?

I honestly can’t think of a worse idea. While I’ve said to close friends (and students) time and again that I couldn’t think of anything more boring than sports, this sentiment is not the root of my naysaying. No, it’ll be the even more unbearable traffic, the hordes of jaywalking tourists, the longer lines at restaurants, the great stinking mass of people cheering on their country’s runners or divers or emaciated gymnasts. To the Olympic Committee or whoever it is that decides for the US: give New York the sympathy vote. Please. Let them have the Olympics. I just want to get on with my life.