Barack Should Thank The ‘Skins

History was made on election night. People were telling me how nervous they were and scared of the trickery and tomfoolery that could occur during this election, but I wasn’t. Why? Because the Steelers beat the Redskins on Monday night.

The story goes, that when the Redskins lose their last home game before an election, the opposite party of the one in office will win. This has been going on since the Redskins have been in existence. I trust this method;  I’m a rabid sports fan who never did like the Skins…

So when they went up early, I was a bit afraid. Then it all started to come into focus, and at the end when the Steelers were up 23-6, with Byron Leftwich at the helm, I started feeling really, really, really good.

It looked bad early for the Steelers, when Roethlisberger went down with that shoulder injury. We hadn’t seen Byron Leftwich since his three game stint in Atlanta. Would he remember the plays, could he hold it together? He came out and threw a 50 yard completion. I went and put my favorite Obama shirt on. “Tis a wrap,” I told myself, and anyone who would listen.

During half time, there were two interviews aired. One with Barack Obama, where he suggested that the BCS be eliminated, and a playoff be put in place to decide the winner of the college football national championship. This is the answer of someone who follows sports, and has a finger on the pulse of what is important to the fans, unlike his opponent, who by the sound of his answer, simply googled “bad things in sports” and came up with eliminating steroids as an answer.

So yeah, I wasn’t surprised when President Obama won by a landslide. I was too busy being giddy and excited. I knew it was going to happen.

I’m so excited about this on so many levels. The realist in me knows that President Obama is not going to “save us all” and that it is going to he a long and hard road to get back to relative stability in this country, but I am INSPIRED, and happy to be the witness to something that many of us thought we would never live to see.

So yeah, I’m adding the Steelers to the top of my roster of “other teams,” and saying thanks for setting it up for the rest of us who went out and voted, confident that for once, there would be real change. Even with a backup on the field.


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