The 49ers beat the Saints in a dramatic fourth quarter finish securing their spot in next week’s NFC championship game. But the warmth and sun over Candlestick Park was soon replaced by the bitter cold wind and darkness that surrounded Foxboro Stadium, where the cult of Christian personality associated with the Broncos talented quarterback, Tim Tebow, would face-off against the Patriot’s Tom Brady. Saturday night’s game (at least for me) was a symbolic battle that pit nationalism (Patriots) against religious piety (Broncos). In a way, it felt nice to root for “the hometown team” - Go New England! Thankfully, the Patriots won in record-breaking fashion and ensured Tim Tebow would know once and for all - Jesus is on no one’s side!
Sunday would provide football fans with two incredible games. First the Baltimore Ravens against the Houston Texans. Once Baltimore won, we quickly flipped the to Fox and turned the AC/DC way up! (My new tradition is to play “Hells Bells” before every Giants game so as to “ensure” a win.) I suppose, for those of us without religion, it’s sometimes difficult to shake our silly human need for ritual. Admittedly, I - like most Giants fans- went into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers prepared for the worst, but hoping with all hope for a much-needed revenge comeback. Fortunately, Big Blue didn't disappoint and gained an impressive win on Sunday and are now also on their way to meet the 49ers for a chance to win the Championship round.
As football fans watched their teams battle it out through the postseason playoff weekend, political junkies would be gearing up for a different kind of game - the Republican South Carolina presidential primary. It wasn’t just the Packers who lost yesterday, Jon Huntsman did also, finally dropping out of the primary race. Huntsman immediately threw -what little weight he had- behind Mitt Romney. This was of course a completely hypocritical reaction inspired by the predictable amount of Republican Party peer-pressure. After all, Huntsman has been out for Romney ever since he entered the race. In fact, the second he announced his endorsement for Romney, his website took down any and all Super Pac adds criticizing the Republican frontrunner.
But as anyone who lives in America (or anywhere under the guise of a capitalist social contract can attest) - competition breeds strange, shallow, and savage creatures.
It has been difficult to maintain my mission to write about this election year as actively as Hunter S. Thompson did way back in 1972. Of course, the life we live in 2012 is far different from back then, but nevertheless, I guess it's worth a shot. I hope to have a more cogent assessment of "where we are now" by my next column - but what’s the sense? After all, there is no sense being really made from the cast of racist, fearful, and backward thinking Republican Party candidates. Moreover, I'm personally reluctant to begin commenting at all on "my" President Obama; after all, it is difficult to really say I fully support a President who has not been as productive and liberal as I would have preferred him to be. But we can leave that screed for another day.
I suppose the only person really making any sense of this horrible election is a comedian. We have all heard of Stephen Colbert's campaign to promote the "rights" of corporations (after all, they "are people" - as Mitt Romney claims). If you have not, you should really look into Colbert's (excuse me... "the definitely not coordinating with Stephen Colbert" Super Pac - Americans for a better tomorrow, tomorrow. Colbert has been brilliantly and satirically educating his audience (and the American public) about the influence and sway Super Pacs have over the current electoral process.
So, for now, politics can wait - football season rages on.