Monday, September 18, 2006

Beer League Softball and President Bush

My friends and I recently became part of a 40-team slow-pitch softball league (and yes we do find the enjoyment of beating up on overweight 40-somethings a little strange). However, while playing in the league I realized that the entire Bush presidency has become one six-year-long beer league game.
I've come to understanding that beer league softball was primarily invented as a reaction to the increasing popularity of physical activity. If there is such a thing as a "non-active" activity, this has to be it. For instance, beer is consumed before and after games as though prohibition might suddenly be enacted again (I don't know of another sporting event where it might be to your advantage if your drunk). The game itself resembles...well it really doesn't resemble anything except fat drunk people trying to run. Winning takes a backseat to the utter joy the team feels after a team has to forfeit because we scored too many runs. However, I noticed that the losing team is almost always unfazed by the loss, one, because their still drunk and two, because all they want to do is drink more.
So how is this like the Bush Presidency? Well, first of all I'm almost certain I saw Bush playing for one of our opponents, though it could have been Barbara (they look like twins when you’re a few deep). On a more serious note, I feel as though I've been watching one of these games since Bush was first elected. Similar to the "pre-softball game" drinking, Bush engaged in a "pre-presidency" drinking binge, and that's not good. The decisions he has made while president are eerily similar to the decisions a drunk guy makes when running the bases, usually questionable, sometimes dangerous and occasionally just dumb. Bush's social and economic policies have often resembled these bloated men rounding third and having no shot whatsoever at scoring the run. What's worse is that Bush's team usually wins and has the unbridled fortitude to challenge teams from other countries, yet what they don't realize is that they don't care if the lose as long as they can drink afterwards.
Obviously, this analogy had very little practical application (if at all) between the world of politics and the world of sports, yet it demonstrated the association between politics and sports have by relating two universal realities.


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