Does football season put politics on the back burner?

It’s been said that politics is a spectator sport, which seems a bit odd given that I’ve never heard of anyone eagerly counting down the days until Congress went back in session. In any event, the spectator sport about which this country is truly passionate — football — is about to get into full swing.

The college variety started last night, and the professionals will begin next Thursday night — kicking off, as fate and inter-institutional negotiations would have it, right after President Obama gives his big jobs and economy speech. While there was some discussion about whether Obama’s speech should overlap with a long-planned GOP presidential debate, virtually no one thought it would be a good idea for the president to go head-to-head with the NFL’s season-opening tilt between the last two Super Bowl champions. And by all accounts, Obama will wrap up his discussion of how to beat the worst, longest employment slump in 80 years before toe meets leather between the Packers and Saints.

Does your interest in politics wane during football season?

  • Footballfootballfootball -- wait, what did you say? (Yes) (76 Votes)
  • I do get distracted from politics, but not by football. (20 Votes)
  • All politics, all the time. (No) (8 Votes)

Total Voters: 104

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It’s bizarre that the president would bend his schedule to accommodate a football game — and yet, at the same time, completely understandable.

So, a very personal Poll Position for this week: Does your interest in politics wane a bit during this football season? Would you skip watching a debate or presidential address for a game involving your favorite pro or college team — or maybe any game involving at least one team you might possibly have heard of? Answer in the nearby poll and the comments thread.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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47 comments Add your comment

carlosgvv

September 2nd, 2011
8:40 am

Watching a football game is, to me, about as interesting as watching the grass grow. Of course, watching political debates and/or presidential address’ isn’t much better. yawn

jconservative

September 2nd, 2011
8:51 am

Politics is a 12 month a year sport. The “never ending season”. And there is a game every day.

And there is always “hope” in politics, just as in football, basketball or baseball.

“Wait till next election!”

JDW

September 2nd, 2011
8:55 am

Kyle, Kyle, Kyle what a silly question. NOTHING is more important than football. Everything goes on the back burner Saturday at 8:00.

CS Escamilla

September 2nd, 2011
8:57 am

Well he did wait 3 years into this term before acting on this. So what did you expect?

JKL2

September 2nd, 2011
8:58 am

Just say our weak president knuckles under and changes the time of his earth shattering speech again so he doesn’t have to compete with football(another sport I’m sure he is clueless about).

Luckovich’s cartoon is even better now than when he drew it yesterday.

ByteMe

September 2nd, 2011
9:15 am

Put me in the “one-percenters” who can do both at the same time. :)

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

September 2nd, 2011
9:41 am

Football season is a welcome diversion from the economic disaster the Idiot Messiah created and is working so hard to maintain.

DJ Sniper

September 2nd, 2011
10:01 am

Barry, this economic disaster started well before Obama was elected. Try again.

Don't Mix

September 2nd, 2011
10:03 am

Please don’t jeopardize the sanctity of football by mentioning it in the same article as dirty, corrupt politics.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

September 2nd, 2011
10:04 am

Incorrect. Our President Bush fixed the financial meltdown and the recession ended in June 2009. Your Idiot Messiah inherited a recovery and blew it with his over-regulation, government mandates, degradation of private property rates, new taxes, and hassling of businesses.

that's goofy

September 2nd, 2011
10:10 am

Football.

This is not an unusual move. Reagan would not give a speech on Thursday nights @ 8PM.

JKL2 – the President is a huge Bears fan.

ragnar danneskhold

September 2nd, 2011
10:22 am

Realistically another speech by the community organizer in chief, if scheduled at the same time as a pre-season soccer exhibition among losers on the iron chef would drive up the ratings of the sporting event.

Panich52

September 2nd, 2011
10:23 am

Thanx 2 NFL Chnl the summer withdrawal is easier. But I’ll still watch MSNBC during commercials :)

JDW

September 2nd, 2011
10:23 am

@Barry…”Incorrect. Our President Bush fixed the financial meltdown and the recession ended in June 2009. Your Idiot Messiah inherited a recovery and blew it with his over-regulation, government mandates, degradation of private property rates, new taxes, and hassling of businesses.”

Have you been into the K2 this early in the morning?

southpaw

September 2nd, 2011
10:24 am

About a week ago, I asked my wife, “Before football season starts, is there anything you need to say?” Fortunately for me, she understands my often bizarre sense of humor. I may tune in the speech, just to see if the predictions about it pan out.

DJ Sniper

September 2nd, 2011
10:29 am

Hold the hell up: Did Barry just say that Bush ended the economic meltdown? Dude, WTF did you smoke this morning? Either you are a troll of the highest order, or you’ve watched so much Fox News that your brain doesn’t function anymore.

Another Cynic

September 2nd, 2011
10:40 am

@ Barry Bailout
Seriously? I’m not a fan of President Obama’s economic recovery efforts… but you can’t be serious!
I think you should put the crack pipe down and slowly walk away my friend.

songbird

September 2nd, 2011
10:53 am

Lil Barry’s brain is total mush from listening to Rush.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

September 2nd, 2011
11:18 am

Don’t fear facts. The recession ended June 2009. TARP was implemented in 2008.

BCR

September 2nd, 2011
11:25 am

LLB has a right to his opinion. Instead of using insulting personal attacks, why not respond with facts to support your position? Calling him a crack-head is not very mature and indicates to me ignorance on your part.

BCR

September 2nd, 2011
11:26 am

Sorry–that would be LBB.

BCR

September 2nd, 2011
11:26 am

Enter your comments here

Hillbilly D

September 2nd, 2011
11:33 am

I’m just a casual football fan but most anything beats watching people arguing about something that’s over a year away.

DJ Sniper

September 2nd, 2011
12:20 pm

The recession ended? Ha. Try telling that to all the people who still can’t find work and are struggling to pay the mortgage and put food on the table.

THE "REAL" TRUTH

September 2nd, 2011
12:42 pm

He’s going to talk about jobs. He’s going to hopefully be more forceful and force the Repubs to get the hell involved with the country and come out of their bubble. It’s the fate of the country, for sure. Then its FOOTBALL!!! Could have been the night before, but, once again, the Republican Party……. You can get your butt whooped today…or tomorrow….either way, you get your butt whooped….

Jus sayin’

Dirty Harry

September 2nd, 2011
12:48 pm

THE REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO SALVAGE THE COUNTRY AFTER THE CLUELESS CLOWN GETS HIS BUTT VOTED OUT IN 2012!

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

September 2nd, 2011
1:18 pm

THE “REAL” TRUTH: Gm with better spelling.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

September 2nd, 2011
1:20 pm

Obozo is taking Republican advice and delaying the EPA’s environmentalist-whacko wet dream ozone rule.

DJ Sniper

September 2nd, 2011
1:43 pm

The only thing Repubs will do is drag this country back to third world status a lot faster than any of us can imagine.

Also, can anybody tell my why the GOP has such a hard on for getting rid of the EPA? Do they think that having no environmental regulations at all is actually a good thing? Don’t they realize they have to breathe the same air and drink the same water as we do?

Koch-aine is a helluva drug.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

September 2nd, 2011
1:48 pm

Maybe someone can tell us why Democrats have a hard on for environmental regulations that cost billions and accomplish nothing.

DJ Sniper

September 2nd, 2011
1:53 pm

So Barry wants us to go back to the days of polluted water and dirty air? Classic.

hatorade drinkers

September 2nd, 2011
2:02 pm

DJ Sniper,

the republicans only worry about the future when it comes to money and debt which future generations will be saddled with. They could care less what air/water quality would be for the same kids and grandkids. This way, some company can invent the pay as you breathe in-home clean air meter, which will be a utility company monthly bill 50 years from now. If you can’t pay, you can’t breathe.

Meanwhile, the same people who are against federal government now want the same federal government to declare Ga counties as disaster areas so they can get federal government assistance. Kyle missed that one completely.

They don’t call him the artful dodger for nowt….

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

September 2nd, 2011
2:13 pm

So Barry wants us to go back to the days of polluted water and dirty air?
——-

Link please.

Didn’t think so.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

September 2nd, 2011
2:15 pm

Obozo is about to explain his latest plan to fix his economy, and the market’s tanking. I don’t get it.

Ayn Rant

September 2nd, 2011
3:07 pm

We can watch the President’s address to the nation, and football. There’s no conflict! What’s the big deal?

Mitzymy

September 2nd, 2011
3:13 pm

First of all Bush did not fix the economy. He had not included the cost of the wars in the budget, so when the new congress did that after he was gone, it all got blamed on Obama. The republicans don’t want regulations because they are funded by big business who will reward them if they can get rid of the regulations so they don’t have to protect us, and it is less money spent by them. I can remember when we had polluted air and dirty water and it was no picnic. Also, anyone in this country who has a tv, can tape the game or the speech and watch them later. It is so disrespectful to make our President move his plans around for a non-essential debate, and a football game. Shame on us.

old timer

September 2nd, 2011
3:39 pm

Debate was scheduled way aheard….to be broadcast on NBC…major friend to the Pres…..They may have also complained… We have a three part government. The congress in equal to the president. He is not a king. He should have checked the schedule before speaking. This is all intentional to try and get the upper hand with the House. He has had many many months in which to do this…when fewer republicans were around.

Yep

September 2nd, 2011
3:51 pm

My wish was for the president to offer his plan first, then allow the republicans to discuss it in their debate. What better forum would that be?

Another Cynic

September 2nd, 2011
4:21 pm

@ BCR
Are you Lil’ Barry’s drug pusher or what? Don’t worry about him… he can defend himself on this blog.
And I agree…He is definitely entitled to his opinion, even though he chooses to ignore the FACT that “Your Idiot Messiah” and “Obozo” is in fact HIS PRESIDENT too… whether he likes it or not. Bush DID NOT fix the economy.

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luangtom

September 2nd, 2011
5:50 pm

Close to three-years into his one and only term and we now get bombarded by his daily appearnances on the networks saying absolutely nothing. Enough is enough. Bring on the football……

Why wait until now to speak on national television about jobs? The President and Congress have already spent $850-billion on a stimulus package that shows zero visible results. Why waste more? Why not back-off the private-sector where the jobs truly are? Oh, I forgot…..this is going to be our savior speaking next Thursday night……….

gman

September 2nd, 2011
5:58 pm

Lil’ Barry Bailout, your mommy is calling you upstairs for dinner!

redneckbluedog

September 2nd, 2011
6:17 pm

TBAGS hate football…..They hate unions and they hate college…..

JKL2

September 2nd, 2011
6:45 pm

that’s goofy- JKL2 – the President is a huge Bears fan.

He’s says he’s a huge White Sox fan too, but was unable to name a single player-past or present- when Rob Dibble asked him.

bxnyc

September 2nd, 2011
6:52 pm

Ah, the american male macho psyche, gotta watch a violent sport but ignore what impacts my life. Why do we insist on living in a bubble, wanting our pacifiers so we dont have to face reality. The country is hurting, jobs is the priority but rather than listen to what the president has to say some would much rather be mollified. Right,money and those who make it are more important than righting the ship of state. Could there be another obvious reason that the media refuses to acknowledge and talk about.

ODD OWL

September 2nd, 2011
10:43 pm

Most football fanatics and political junkies are multi-tasked…

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