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  • If the NFL’s final four were Presidential candidates

       January 14, 2008

    Forgive me if I’m preoccupied with the Packers. I hope to stay this way for at least another three weeks. However, I am aware that there’s an election to ponder and candidates to discuss. So let me try to combine these two passions by mulling the Presidential candidates that the NFL’s final four most resemble.

    San Diego Chargers: Without a doubt, the Chargers are Hillary Clinton. They were expected to do well from the start of the season. Like Hillary, they floundered, cried, pointed fingers and generally acted like entitled little babies throwing a hissy fit when things went sour. It turned out well for Clinton in New England, but can San Diego really expect a similar triumph?

    New York Giants: The similarities between Barack Obama and the Giants are almost endless. They both lack experience in key roles - Eli Manning has quarterbacked for the same four years that Obama’s been a U.S. Senator. Despite being seemingly overmatched by more powerful opponents they’ve fought back with passion. They’ve even had to fight against former friends and allies along the way (if you want to compare Tiki Barber to the DNC). Like Obama, New England is not their favorite place. Unlike Obama, however, the Giants understand the importance of a strong defense.

    New England Patriots: The Pats are John McCain. Like McCain, there’s much to admire about New England. We know this because the media constantly tell us. Also like McCain, there’s just something under the surface of the Patriots that’s irritating. Maybe it’s just because they’re back again. Maybe it’s their whole attitude that they’re so noble and so far above the rest of us riff raff.

    Green Bay Packers: It kind of pains me to say it, but the Packers are Ron Paul. Like Paul, they’re loved by their supporters with an almost religious fervor. Also like Paul, there’s a dark side to the franchise as it was long considered unfriendly to African-American players. Finally, while Paul is portrayed as the anti-establishment candidate, the Packers are the anti-everything team. They’re owned by the people instead of some greedy tycoon. They’re a small town oasis in the NFL’s urban desert. They’re gunslingers in an era of sophisticated, antiseptic offenses. Hopefully, unlike Ron Paul, they won’t be exposed as not-ready-for-prime-time players any time soon.

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    #  January 15th, 2008 8:30 PM      themandownthehall
    Kris, you're going to think I am buttering you up or cyber stalking or something, but you are an absolute writing genius.

    Great post.  
    #  January 15th, 2008 9:29 PM      kris
    Awwww,thanks. I appreciate the feedback. Heck, it's just nice when anyone comments because at least that way I know someone read it!  
    #  January 15th, 2008 11:02 PM      themandownthehall
    No one I know would have had the idea of putting the election and the playoffs together like that. Very original and clever.

    On that same note, a local radio personality has a commercial going where he says, "saying Hillary is ready for the White House is like saying that Mrs. Bret Farve is ready to QB the Green Bay Packers because she was married to him for so many years."

    I disagreed. Mrs. Farve is more qualified to be the QB than Hillary is for the presidency. At least Mrs. Farve has thrown a complete pass or 2. Granted it was in her back yard to her kids, but that is still more relevant experience than Hillary has! :)

    #  January 15th, 2008 11:24 PM      themandownthehall
    BTW American Idol started this week. I am guest posting on it this year at the My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy website. Here's the opening post of the season:

    Hit the comments and see how many of my quotes you can guess. I think you said you have kids, so you'll probably get a couple right off the bat.

    #  January 16th, 2008 7:06 AM      kris
    Nice! We watched. I thought the only memorable people were the hilarious stalker guy ("If you were a bathtub, I'd caulk you!") and the "No Sex Allowed" guy. Everyone else was just meh. Horsey girl was okay, but we already have both a Carrie and a Leann Rhimes.  
    #  January 16th, 2008 7:09 AM      kris
    Also, you know Deanna Favre was a college-level athlete. She's also really tough. She may not have the arm strength, but she certainly has the heart to be the Packers QB.

    That said, at this point, I'd rather have Hillary be President than Deanna be our QB.

    I'm selfish that way.  
    #  January 16th, 2008 8:13 AM      james
    deanna favre was a community college level athlete. and "heart" has absolutely nothing to do with being a football player. nothing. nada. zero. zilch. you've been listening to john madden for too long.  
    #  January 16th, 2008 8:30 AM      kris
    tongue in cheek!
    #  January 16th, 2008 12:47 PM      james
    the 2007 cowboys in 8 seconds

    #  January 16th, 2008 4:02 PM      themandownthehall
    Beautiful, James. Absolutely perfect.  



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