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To vote or not to vote? A sport fan makes his tough decision

10:45 a.m. — News from Madison, Wis., U.S., World, Solar System, Galaxy

I was IM-ing my center-left son in that zone where everyone pals around with terrorists: Madison, Wis.

It’s difficult not to mix sports and politics these days. After all, the cliches transcend both institutions — the countdown, the ground game, the electoral scoreboard, etc.

Last night, of course, Obama and McCain made their final TV appearances on ESPN and “Monday Night Football.”

 (Gotta admit, McCain did a better job on what he would change in sports. He said rampant drug use. Obama said he would start a college playoff to determine a national champion. Boo.)

And, of course, athletes endorse the candidates.

“Barack Obama has been endorsed by Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley, and John McCain has been endorsed by Ty Cobb and Jim Thorpe,”  NBC’s Conan O’Brien reported the other night.

And Sports Business Daily, the trade publication, ran a series of points of view from athletes today. A lot are supporting McCain because of his tax policies toward the rich. Athletes are rich, you know.

But the ultimate merging of sports and politics comes from MadTown, where Democrats and Badgers roam.

There, a kid from Eagan named Eugene told my offspring that he will not vote today.


Obama is a White Sox fan.

Eugene told Young Weiner: “He”s going to win in Wisconsin anyway and I f*#$%*ing hate the Sox.”

A principled young person is hard to find these days.

He’s an idiot, but he’s principled.

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