but will there be tv timeouts?
In the Get A Life department:
As an unabashed, nail-biting Oakland Raiders fanatic who sits in the nosebleed seats and who just bought my grandson pajamas and a dishware set emblazoned with the team's infamous pirate logo, I still must admit that there is something unsettling about this year's whirlwind of playoff and bowl games. Isn't there something perverse about a nation completely engrossed in football while the drums of war, a deadlier game, beat persistently yet quietly in the background?
Actually, no. There is nothing perverse about it at all. What would he have us do? Sit around biting our nails while watching CNN? Eschew every good thing in our lives, everything that gives us joy or excitement while we scan the latest headlines looking for a declaration of war?
It seems clear that if Americans were to devote the same seriousness of thought to the consequences of invading Iraq that they have to evaluating the pros and cons of the controversial computerized ranking system of college football teams, we would not be on the road to "preemptive" war on the other side of the world
I have given serious thought to the pros and cons, as have millions of others. And my conclusions on that matter don't make a bit of difference in the long run. Was I supposed to equate the Packers loss last week to a potential loss of life in a war? Was every Green Bay turnover supposed to make me ponder the potential of missles that don't hit their targets?
Despite the rampant use of war metaphors in sports, however, war is no game. The whistles are not blown in time, there are no penalties for unnecessary roughness and those risking their lives are never paid the big bucks.
Exactly. And that's why the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are going to fight the war, not the New York Jets.
Next time you have nothing to write about, Mr. Scheer, do us a favor: don't write.
(link via Oliver Willis, who is not a liberal)