This cheap bid with plans to use extant college facilities and to convert the Olympic Stadium into a smaller soccer stadium is DOA with respect to the IOC, which wants big budget, boffo affairs that seem permanent even if they'll shut down permanently the day after the games. Barcelona (already in 1997 when I visited) and Athens (now) are among those stadiums overrun with weeds in their perimeter. The IOC was very unhappy that Atlanta's stadium was converted to baseball and now defunct. It is hard enough for the U.S. to bid against international antipathy from the Bush years, but we cannot compete with countries that offer massive public subsidies, especially the dictatorships and oligarchies. At least Boston has pretty decent public transportation. San Francisco would have had a much better shot because the IOC voters would like to go there.