They’ll put game-plans into action on Monday night, trying to anticipate one another’s next move with an important victory at stake but the ultimate finish line still in the unpredictable distance.
Are we talking about the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday night? Or are we talking about Monday Night Football, Falcons vs. Saints in New Orleans?
We are, in fact, talking about both, which kick off, so to speak, right around the same time. This is indeed the most American of Mondays. So what’s an American to do?
You, like any rational person, have probably gotten your fill of election coverage by now. You might even be at your wits’ end. It’s only the future of the republic at stake here, and that can be stressful. Simply tuning it all out is very tempting.
But to borrow an old coaches’ line now is the time to suck it up, beloved election-content consumer.
One debate does not an election make, as detailed here. But Monday night’s Clinton-Trump tilt is a big, big, big, BIG, BIG deal. The race is currently a dead heat, according to Nate Silver, and the debate at Hofstra University is our first chance to see the candidates go toe-to-toe in what many smart people are saying is the most important election of our lifetimes.
On the other hand, we have Saints-Falcons, two teams with a combined record of 1-3 in this NFL season that is still but a fledgling. It’s the Mediocrity Bowl, with Nothing on the line.
So, we’ll keep this brief: Don’t watch that. Watch the debate. Be a citizen on this Monday night, America.
But, if you really can’t make up your mind, there’s catch: You can do both!
Meanwhile, the first presidential debate is being shown on virtually every platform known to humankind.
America, baby. Who says we can’t have it all?