In spite of what you might read here in this column, or even what those who've met me might believe, I can be a serious-minded person. I'm very concerned about the future of this country. I have very strong opinions on who I am voting for and why. I was a political science minor in college, and thoughts on politics and elections still occupy a big part of my thoughts...
... just not when I'm watching football. Or any sport for that matter.
Those stolen moments on weekend and evenings are so valuable to many Americans in that it's a time you don't have to think about endless wars, a tanking economy or whatever latest scandal the news channels are chasing.
No. It's about the game. In their song "Sunday Sports," the Bottle Rockets say, "Sunday sports in his boxer shorts is the only way to get away from everything else."
Amen, brother. Amen.
Whether it's living and dying with the Colts or cussing the officials of an IU basketball game or cheering so hard for (or against) a Jeff Gordon win or whatever your sport and team/player of choice is, that is your time. For the time the clock is still running, all that nasty stuff that comes with being a part of the grown up world should disappear.
So you can imagine my chagrin when I found out that halftime of tonight's Monday Night Football telecast would feature interviews with the two major party presidential candidates.
I'm sorry, Barrack and John, but you can't be on my television. You're going to be on plenty on Tuesday. But Monday is for football players and coaches. Period. Unless one of you finds a way to sneak into a Redskins or Steelers uniform, you won't be on my television because it will be turned off when the first half clock hits 0:00.
Why should I have to put up with this? Isn't it bad enough that I have to put up with some kind of overblown halftime show at the Super Bowl when all I want are stats and highlights?
It's completely understandable why they will put them on there. Of course, MNF is traditionally one of the highest rated programs on any given week of television. So of course our political parties will try to exploit that to get to a mass audience the night before the election.
(Sadly, they may be seen by more viewers tonight than on any of the debates that were staged in the past couple months.)
So as Tuesday's election approaches, I guess I have three requests of whoever wins Tuesday's election:
1. Do something about this war.
2. Try to fix our economy.
3. (Maybe the most important) Stay the heck away from my sports. They are my reprieve from you.
(I'm Jared Jernagan, and I approved this message.)