I don’t know about you, but I lasted almost ten minutes into the presidential debate shown on all major channels before I escaped to ESPN and Monday night football. I suspect the debates might have swollen the audience who got to see the Saints seriously beat down by the Falcons. The opening drive by the Saints was textbook: Drew Brees nailing pass after pass, wham, wham, wham, touchdown, my last joy of the evening. After that it was mostly a matter of watching the rookie defense and special teams make mistake after mistake for the Saints, big penalties, and that fiasco where two members of the return team collided, missing the ball, and allowing it to be run back for a touchdown. Come on, Saints, we need you to be the team who inspired the city after Katrina and went on to win a Super Bowl. Instead, you are devolving into the Ain’ts of yore, and I really, really need some good football.
Just the day before, LSU coach Les Miles was fired after losing two out of three of his opening games. In his single victory this season playing one of those schools who are paid to give big university teams some practice, LSU ran up the score in the first half, failed to show up for the second, and very nearly lost that game, too. In the Auburn game where their opponent won by virtue of an excellent placekicker who scored all the points (yea for kickers, among my favorite players ever since I wrote Kicks for a Sinner), LSU’s new and better quarterback threw a dramatic pass into the end zone in the last seconds of the game. Caught! Hurrah! Let the celebration begin. Except the play clock had run down, and it didn’t count. As for the Wisconsin game, bring back a quarterback who didn’t work out the year before, and you lose. I defended Les the year before after he lost three SEC games in a row, but this year, I could only say good-bye. With the defensive coach now in charge (and their defense is always fierce preventing higher scores), I just don’t know what the rest of the season will be like. I counted on the Saints to cheer me up after the LSU debacle. Not going to happen.
When my home teams aren’t winning, I turn to some of my old favorites, the Packers and the Giants, mostly because I like Eli Manning. Looks like no help there either. Okay, I did enjoy seeing the Steelers big loss to the Eagles and their new quarterback. Since I grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, my dad always watched the then hopeless Eagles. He would have been so happy to see that game. At least, I still have the Patriots who can win without Tom Brady and the Gronk and really don’t need to deflate balls for a victory. Down to their last backup, they have Julius Edelman practicing to take over. Bet he could do it, too. They appear to be on their way to another Super Bowl. Drew Brees is headed to the Hall of Fame–single-handedly without the team he deserves. If only the Saints played the Browns because they really need the win, but no, wrong division.
The good thing about sports over politics is this season will end. There is always another game and another year to look forward to. In politics, if the voters make a massive mistake, the country suffers for four years. And, I’d so much rather watch a humorous or heart-warming beer commercial than one more hateful political ad played over and over again. So, how are your teams doing? Have you escaped into sports? You can join me on the bench or in the dugout. I might even watch the World Series this year.