The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Nixon...Packer's Fan?

Our country is not as divided as many political pundits might have you believe. There are certain things that unite Americans in spite of different politics, ethnicity, or religion...Certain things that cause us to set aside our differences and revel in the glory of being alive. Football is one of those precious few things. I'm willing to bet that a vast majority of Americans don't know the political affiliation of their neighbor, but do know that their neighbor is a die-hard brat grilling, beer drinking, referee-cursing football fanatic that actually thinks that Tom Brady is a better QB than Brett Favre.

According to a recent Hunter Thompson article, "Election years are always weird in America, and they always happen in football season. That is a fact of life. The President will always be elected on the first Tuesday in November, for good or ill, and not even Richard Nixon could change it. He hated anything that stood between him and a Green Bay Packers game, especially on Monday nights."

And I can respect that. If Nixon hated anything that stood between him and a Packers game, that means he and I would have a strong bond. We need to remeber things like this as we head into the final stretch of election season. Your football loving neighbor will still be the same guy even after he puts that "Bush-Cheney '04" sign is his yard. Even I would be willing to sit down with former conservative President Richard Nixon and share a beer, a game, and a friendly conversation and let political dogs lie for the sake of the Green Bay long as he didn't drink Budweiser.


  • Hunter Thompson is still alive?

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 7:30 AM  

  • He was actualyl writing for ESPN page 2 until recently. They either fired him or he quit though. I guess he was unreliable. No! It can't be true! He really took ESPN for a ride.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 9:37 AM  

  • The article is from July 27, 2004, so either he's still writing for ESPN, or they terminated their relationship very recently.

    By Blogger RyanSimatic, at 11:40 AM  

  • Wow, he's definitely working again. He was defintely suspended for a while for this:

    "The long-dreaded 2004 Olympics in Greece will be the ultimate crossroads for sports and politics in this new and vicious century. The recent photos of cruelty at the Abu Grahaib all-american prison in Baghdad have taken care of that.

    Yes, sir. We have taken the bull by the horns on this one, sports fans. These horrifying digital snapshots of the American dream in action on foreign soil are worse than anything even I could have expected. I have been in this business a long time and I have seen many staggering things, but this one is over the line. Now I am really ashamed to carry an American passport. Not even the foulest atrocities of Adolf Hitler ever shocked me so badly as these photographs did."

    In combination with showing up late and other stuff you figure Hunter would do anyways. I heard he was fired. After all, they fired Rush and Easterbrook for much less than Holocaust denial (which is basically what this was).

    Apprently he was not, although ESPN actually has edited the column this appeared in now. I think it's from May 14.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 1:27 PM  

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