Politics or sports? I know my preference

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver.

College football and the NFL are heating up, the MLB playoffs have arrived and basketball is right around the corner.
Meanwhile, the election season is also in full swing, and I'm glad one of sports' finest moments of the year is there to distract me.
While the sports I'm referring to have more gravity than a pick-up basketball game at the local YMCA, they do boil down to just games.
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston made that point after the Chiefs lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Kansas City's quarterback was knocked out of the game, and Winston was upset that fans were cheering when it happened.
"We are not gladiators, and this is not the Roman Colosseum," Winston said. "This is a game."
A football game won't increase taxes on my father's small business, and a baseball game won't decrease the likelihood that I'll be able to retire someday.
I don't encourage ignorance about politics, so watch the presidential debates, do independent fact checking and then flip the television channel to a sporting event to keep your sanity.
I watched the previous presidential debate and found myself subconsciously wondering when the Chicago Cubs will be competitive in the baseball realm again.
Barack Obama: "When ‘Obamacare' is fully implemented..."
In my head: "I bet the Cubs will have to delve into free agency to pick up quality starting pitchers."
Mitt Romney: "The people that are having the hard time right now are middle-income Americans..."
I wondered: "Is the current management the right choice for the Cubs to contend for a World Series in a few years?"
When someone's thoughts are hopeful for a championship to be brought to a franchise that hasn't won a title since 1908 during the presidential debate, what does that mean?
That I'm hopeful for a candidate to live up to his promises and keep America great? Perhaps.
Middle school poetry teachers won't like this, but the real answer requires no digging or organizational charts. It's right there: I just love sports.

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