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September 28, 2012
This Year's Election and Sports Analogies
After watching the new Clint Eastwood movie, Trouble with the Curve, I thought about how this election year can be seen through sports clichés and events. After all, it is a contest that has a winner and a loser. Unfortunately, if President Obama gets re-elected and the Democrats maintain control of the Senate it will be a loss for America. Here are a few comparisons I came up with. I invite all the readers to post their own as well.
"Sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one"
-I am sure by now this quote is recognized from the movie Knute Rockne, All American. I hope that the Tea Party ground forces will appear in this election. I will argue that in 2010 the Tea Party demonstrations countered the mass media bias. Even though the mass media tried to portray them as extremists, Americans saw a disgruntled everyday person. If anything, all the media coverage allowed Americans to understand how and why the Democrats were ruining this country.
The 2002 Anaheim Angels-the first Wild Card team to win a World Series.
-I remember almost all the media elite was saying how there was no way the Angels would win. Basically everyone wrote them off since the Angels were going to play the mighty Yankees. Sound familiar? Angel fans did not listen and sold out every single playoff game. They basically ignored the media and in their hearts knew that the Angels would prove those in the media wrong. Lets hope this happens with Governor Romney winning the 2012 Presidential race.
The famous statement that the fans are the tenth player for baseball or in the case of football the twelfth man.
-This is used to show how important the fans are to the home team. They must come out in large numbers, enthusiastically supporting their team. ALL Republicans need to show up and cast their vote for Governor Romney because not to vote is a vote for President Obama.
Lyrics from the famous song from the Damn Yankee movie,
"You gotta have heart
All you really need is heart
When the odds are sayin' you'll never win
That's when the grin should start"
-Republicans cannot let the mass media get us down. They skew the polls in an attempt to dishearten Republicans so they will stay at home and not vote-having a feeling of hopelessness. The pollsters overweight the polls by over sampling for Democrats. Looking at the website http://www.unskewedpolls.com/ it shows the Romney/Ryan ticket holding a lead when the bias is taken away.
East Coast Bias is the one-sided reporting done constantly by sports broadcasting and journalism, slighting the West Coast teams and making it appear these teams don't exist.
-Just to name a few; the media bias toward President Obama:
The outlandish reporting of the Muslim riots and the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens as spontaneous instead of pre-meditated.
President Obama's disastrous appeasement foreign policy.
The non-reporting of all the national security leaks, and Fast and Furious.
The anti-Israeli tenor of this President's remarks.
Never referring to terrorist acts as such.
Too bad there is not as much media coverage and questioning of Obama's disdain for those unemployed-remember the quote,
"Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected."
Not much reporting on the gaffes made by the President.
There are others who also like to make sports analogies. Sean Hannity on his September 24th TV show said: "I would urge the Romney campaign to act as if it's the fourth quarter and are down a touchdown. You need a no huddle offense and you need to bring it into the end zone."
-In other words the Governor is playing too much defense, always defending himself or his policies and not enough offense where he must attack Obama's policies.
I'd would like to know your comparisons.
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