Category Archives: Political Wankery

The fate of the free world, hanging in the balance

If you didn’t think there was much at stake already in this year’s Alabama-LSU game, think again.

When LSU and Alabama renew their annual hate-fest on Nov. 5, the eyes of the nation will be watching for several reasons. The game will possibly determine the SEC championship, the SEC West  winner, the Heisman Trophy recipient, the national champion, and oh yes, the presidential victor.

The last eight times that LSU and Alabama have met in a presidential election year (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012), the winner of the presidential election is a Republican when LSU prevails (1984, 1988, 2000, 2004) and a Democrat when Alabama wins (1992, 1996, 2008, 2012).

LSU is listed as a slight favorite to top the Tide at Tiger Stadium three days before the presidential election. If the Bengals beat Bama, look for the next president to be Donald John Trump. If Alabama beats LSU for the sixth consecutive time, the election should belong to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

That ought to fry a few brains among the Tide faithful.  Although in the end, they’d probably accept the trade off.

(h/t)

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Today, in mixing politics and sports

Ladies and gentlemen, the governor of Texas.

I wonder how the presidents of the conference’s schools in Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and West Virginia will take that considerate advice.

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Filed under Big 12 Football, Political Wankery, Texas Is Just Better Than You Are.

Thanks for playing, Speaker Ryan.

Those of you who think sports and politics don’t mix…

Maybe you’re right.

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The greatest convention speaker of our era

It would really be entertaining for the GPOOE™ to perform a public circumcision on Trump.  Think of the ratings!

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UPDATE:  Chuckle.

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Go Gator

This has no football relevancy – no direct relevancy, anyway – but I think it’s worth bringing to your attention that Corrine Brown has just been indicted by the feds.

If Congresswoman Brown goes to trial, maybe she can call Corch and Percy Harvey as character witnesses.

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Congress to the rescue

Among life’s many rules of thumb, like “when they say it’s not about money, it’s about money”, is the notion that when a politician promotes a bill as a “common sense proposal“, somebody’s pocket is probably getting lined.

Welcome to Congress’ latest stab at fixing prices.

You might have heard about the federal lawsuit that three former minor league players filed against MLB a couple years ago, alleging that minor league pay scales violate minimum wage laws. That lawsuit is still going through the courts, but MLB has found allies in Congress. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) introduced a piece of legislation called “Save America’s Pastime Act.”

That sounds like something we’d all approve of, right? I mean, who doesn’t want to save baseball? I bet you didn’t realize baseball needed saving! Here’s what the act would do: H.R. 5580 would clarify that minor league baseball players are exempt from federal wage laws. How does that affect MLB? If the lawsuit succeeds in increasing minor league wages, that’s money out of the pockets of MLB owners. MLB teams — not the minor league owners/operators — pay the salaries of minor league players.

On her website, Bustos issued a news release that stated, in part: “Minor League teams are critically important, not just to the players and their parent teams, but to the communities they serve like Peoria and the Quad-Cities. This common sense proposal will close a loophole to ensure the long-term viability of Minor League teams in communities across our nation and I look forward to working with Congressman Guthrie to get it done.”

That’s so great – except it’s not the minor league teams who are stuck with the payrolls.  It’s the major league boys, who, last time I checked, aren’t exactly missing any meals.

You think Mark Emmert’s adding Reps. Bustos’ and Guthrie’s phone numbers to his Rolodex today?  A “Save College Football Act” has a nice ring to it.  Get that PAC moving!

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Today, in greatness: a follow up

Again, one of those couldn’t-resist-posting items:

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