Sunday, February 3, 2008

A foreshadowing?

Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin with the Super Bowl Trophy

"Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models."
-Bill Bradley

If tonight's Super Bowl was any indication, the angels of good fortune may be on the side of the Barack Obama. For two weeks the New York Giants were told they had no chance to beat the New England Patriots, coming into the game as 12 1/2 point underdogs. People were already crowning the Patriots as the best football team of all time and planning Tom Brady's coronation as King of the World. A scrappy team led by an anal coach, rugged veterans and the underachieving member of football's first family; defeated the heavily favored Patriots is one of the most memorable Super Bowls of all time.

Senator Barack Obama is hoping for a similar win after a year of hearing it is not his time, he's too inexperienced and America's not ready for him. In the last week Obama has been picking up an incredible amount of momentum pulling within the margin of error in several national polls. In the latest USA Today poll Obama is actually up one point. He's also has been racking up major endorsements: the Los Angeles Times, Maria Shriver & Garrison Kellor. Not to mention the buzz being generated by the star studded "Yes We Can" video that is lighting the internet on fire. What looked like a foregone conclusion after New Hampshire and Nevada may turn out to be a upset special. So maybe, just maybe Obama might do on Tuesday Night what Eli and company did tonight in Glendale, Arizona.

"We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope."

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

I dedicate this video to all those who still believe that a David, some faith and a slingshot can slay a Goliath...

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