“Fox Mashes Up Supers in Football and Politics”

These are metaphors from a 2008 column I forgot I had.  At the time I was leaving Pennsylvania for California the next day.   I assume this three year old column is or will be appropriate in 2011 and 2012 as we approach a presidential election again.  The sports idioms or metaphors are italized.  The football in this column is American football, not what we would call soccer or most of the world’s football.

Perhaps, I’ll find a sports metaphor or you can find one in the NBA Draft news.

New York Times, Monday, January 28, 2008, by David Carr

Coverage of Super Sunday and Super Tuesday will meld 

Here are some quotes:

“The Super Bowl is one of the last bastions of mass media in a fractured universe, and trust the News Corporation to make the most of it.”   The idea is that the football audience is huge and Fox could leverage cable news with football.

“Of course, Fox is often accused of, well, rooting for the home team.  Its broadcast will include an interview with George W. Bush, a football fan who once accused the Democrats of prematurely, ‘dancing in the end zone‘ and whose vice president described the progress in Afghanistan as ‘three yards and a cloud of dust‘ (although critics might say ‘punted on second down‘ is more apt).”

“How deep does the connection between politics and football go?  Walk into the spin zone after any of the presidential debates–a place of ‘fumbles,’ ‘Hail Marys’ and ‘touchdowns’–and you could not be blamed for thinking you’d entered a locker room instead….”

“Lest football fans feel that their beloved sport is being pulled down by the face mask in the mire of political squabbles, George Carlin pointed out decades ago that they don’t call the quarterback a ‘field general’ for nothing:  ‘With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line.”

Another interesting idea and quote:  “throughout his career, David Maraniss of  The Washington Post has alternated between covering the sporting side of politics and the political aspects of sports….He suggests in a book ‘that the nexus between the two can alter world events.”

If the reader is not familiar with the metaphors above, please go to http://www.sportsidioms.com for explanations and sentences.


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