Commentary by Patrick McCormick
I don’t watch a lot of sports on the tube anymore, but I still enjoy a football game now and then. I grew up in Chicago and used to love the Bears. My father had a small bar and restaurant; I would go there to watch the games. It was a lot of fun. I knew all of his customers; many were my friends. It was a great way to kill a Sunday.
I moved to Sarasota, Florida, in 1993 and started watching Buccaneer football games. They were worse than the Bears; it was just like being home. Then, as if by magic and a lot like the Bears, they won a Super Bowl. To my amazement, they did the same thing the Bears did and promptly broke up their championship team. They have been getting progressively worse each season. It's been a terrible disappointment.
Somehow, I survived a succession of dry years watching what I call, “Rope-a-dope-football”, one dumb play after another. They could not score many points, but they wanted to play defensively. How many times can you run the ball up the middle of the field and not gain any yards. You would think the coaches would try a different play. No, they would just keep running the same play until they fumbled the ball.
I would throw my chips across the room. I’d kick the dog and holler at my kid. Finally, after having my emotions twisted with torment and frustration, I would turn off the television and leave the room. Chug a beer, have a shot, pace around the house; invariably I would go back and turn the TV on again. God I love the game.
Well it’s Sunday; the season opener. The Buccaneers are playing the Browns at home and there is nothing on my “Honey do List”. I am ready for some football. Got my chips and dip and some cold beer. I even have some brats for the grill. Anxious, I plop down onto the couch to watch the pregame baloney; just like millions of other football bums. I’m drinking a beer and starting to feel pretty good… and then I hear it; No! At first I don't believe it...I get on the internet and check it out. It's true!
The game is blacked out! Those morons couldn’t sell enough tickets; now what. I threw my chips across the room. God, I hate this game!
My name is Patrick M McCormick and I have created this blog as a platform for my political views as well as those of select contributors.
I believe that American Politicians have lost sight of their goal: To uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of the United States. They argue and bicker on the floor of their respective houses, positioning themselves for the next election, while they accomplish very little business for the citizens of this country.
Meanwhile our economy is sliding downward. Millions of our precious jobs have have been exported overseas. Our social safety net and other public services are being cut. Our middle class is rapidly disappearing and the numbers of citizens existing below the poverty line is increasing dramatically.
I plan to examine the causes of these terrible changes to our American way of life. Your comments will help us all arrive at some important conclusions.