Friday, October 12, 2012

They don't call baseball "a thinking man's game" for nothing.

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George Carlin, one of the 20th century’s most renowned comedians, was well-known for a standup bit that compared football and baseball. In it, he portrayed baseball as being an overly-soft, can’t-we-all-get-along game, while portraying football as an overly-aggressive, going-to-war game. With the presidential election coming up, we couldn’t help but notice the similarities between this comparison and the rhetoric that Republicans and Democrats are throwing at each other. Republicans accuse Democrats of being too soft. Democrats accuse Republicans of being too aggressive. It’s an obscure connection, but it brings up an old stereotype. Namely, is football a “Republican sport”? And is baseball a “Democratic sport”?
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