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Sunday’s Super Bowl game, like everything else in President Trump’s America, is awash in bitter partisanship.

The Atlanta Falcons will try to deny the smooth-running football machine that is the New England Patriots another Super Bowl trophy. The Falcons are underdogs.

A lot of Americans naturally root for the underdogs. That’s one of the things that used to make America great.

The Falcons are the logical choice for casual football fans who dislike Trump. And there are many Americans who dislike Trump, as evidenced by hundreds of protests the past two weeks against the Predator in Chief, who dislikes underdogs when they are Muslim refugees trying to escape hellish wars in their homelands.

“The Falcons must win for America,” a sports editor for the liberal magazine The Nation headlined his advance story on Sunday’s game. They also might want to win for Atlanta, their hometown that Trump denigrated a few weeks ago as a cesspool of crime and decay because it’s the home of civil rights icon Democratic Rep. John Lewis, who called Trump an illegitimate president.

Trump is a big fan of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. They are all fabulously wealthy. Brady and Trump are both married to former models. Belichick has a reputation as a master strategist. Trump sees himself as the smartest man in any room.

Moreover, Belichick’s look of wearing rumpled sweats on the sideline probably reminds Trump of the weedpatch look of his chief strategist and top security aide, white nationalist Steve Bannon.

During his campaign, Trump name-checked Brady and Belichick almost as often as he talked about his great wall against Mexico or throwing Hillary Clinton in jail.

During the crush of media coverage before the Super Bowl, both Brady and Belichick have dodged questions about their friendship with the president. Belichick even answered a question about his underwear but wouldn’t comment on Trump.

Brady, on the heels of the greatest outpouring of protests since Americans took to the streets against the Vietnam War, said this about current events: “What’s going on in the world? I haven’t paid much attention. I’m just a positive person.” Dodged that Trump-laden question like he was escaping a blitzing linebacker.

One of New England’s black players, tight end Martellus Bennett, said he probably wouldn’t go to the White House for the traditional team visit if the Patriots win this Sunday because Trump would be there. In a league in which 70 percent of the players are black men, there probably are others who share Bennett’s sentiments about Trump, who received 8 percent of the black vote in November.

It won’t happen, but I literally had a dream that the black players on both teams gathered at midfield right before kickoff and said the Super Bowl won’t happen until Trump agrees to a list of their demands. Two demands would be: grow some basic human empathy and cut your hair. Your Ed “Kookie” Byrnes ducktail and pompadour looks ridiculous on a 70-year-old man.

What’s almost certain to happen, no matter who wins the game, is that Trump will be furious Monday at some perceived sleight he’ll suffer at the hands of halftime entertainer Lady Gaga. Ms. Gaga was a big Clinton supporter. It’s doubtful she’ll eschew the chance to throw a zinger or two at Trump before the world’s biggest audience, even bigger than his inaugural crowd. She could easily dedicate a song to fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates. That would keep Trump on Twitter for 20 furious minutes.

What I hope happens is that the traditional phone call to the winner’s locker room from the president goes like this:

(Rich team owner, eyes burning from champagne, takes phone from nebbish underling.)

“Yes, Mr. President. I can hear you. Why yes, it was a tremendous game, a real credit to the NFL and all our corporate sponsors, and…”

(Deep voice of a dog-tired defensive tackle booms through the noise of the celebration.)

“Hang up on that ducktailed fool. Congressman John Lewis is on the other line..”

Go Falcons.

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  • J Reynolds February 2, 2017, 11:27 am

    Love this!

  • david fairhurst February 2, 2017, 11:54 am

    The “progressive left” even insists who can and can not be friends with. Hey nice support of the “Freedom of speech” in Berkeley, somebody has something to say and the “progressive left” assaults unarmed women, torches others property, smashes ATM’s, vandalize Starbucks, and ever so much more. For years the only discourse from the left has been insults and blame (see above writings) (I hear that Hitlery is now blaming Obama for not doing enough to prevent the “Russians” hacking). But now the “progressive left” having lost the election is resorting not only to inane name calling but shear terror (who behaves and has the tactics of a fascist?). Just as in the campaign when someone would indicate they approved of Trump they were attacked, verbally and physically. It is now even worse as the “progressive left” has become the new “Violent Nihilists”.

    • Peggy Johnson February 3, 2017, 3:53 pm

      Hate breeds hate. Expect a lot more of it for the next 4 years.

  • Royal Calkins February 2, 2017, 6:39 pm

    David, lumping “progressives” in with the anarchists and Berkeley last night is like lumping you in with Steve Bannon. Oh, wait….

    • david fairhurst February 2, 2017, 10:32 pm

      Nice….starting to like this “Race Banner” guy or was that Johnny Quest?
      Its just you guys don’t even want to give a guy a chance, the last 8 years really sucked so why not give the guy a couple of years and see?
      And remember it was the “established” democrat party that lumped ALL republicans as KKK, racist, sexists, homophobia, xenophobia, bigots, “a basket of deplorable”, oh God how that insult list went on and on….remember the Obama “now they all (conservative) can ride in the back of the bus”.
      And it was the protesters in Berkeley that identified themselves with the “progressive” movement, not I. y
      Yeah…go New England, all my weapon ship building relatives in Maine (BIW) and University ones in Rhode Island (Brown, roger Williams, and of course the “War Collage” in Newport will be cheering for our long gone dad’s favorite team.
      Having fun “hosting” more students from China.

  • L. Parrish February 2, 2017, 6:52 pm

    Yes, who could ever forget Gerald Lloyd “Kookie” Kookson III, from 77 Sunset Strip? And that smash hit from ’59 – “Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb”? Available on Youtube. And Byrnes must have been a progressive because he removed the letters “war” from his first name (Edward) and just called himself Edd (with two d’s). And, he’s still alive at the ripe young age of 83. And is a New Yorker.
    And YES, go Falcons! I can just see John Lewis in his victorious baseball cap – “Making Atlanta Great Again, and Always”. If there is a God,…………..

    • david fairhurst February 3, 2017, 2:51 pm

      o.k. maybe you can help me to understand your reasons.
      1. most “liberals” hate football, we could go on about why, but we know it is so.
      2. “liberals” are now involved and are spewing their hate in what should be a “non-political” sporting event and will chose one team over the other for no other reason than one team leader and “Ceo” are unabashedly proud of their friendship with someone the “left” hates and vilifies. wow, how “reverse world”, I don’t recall any of you upset that Oregon even got “special” money from the Federal government because of that “special” relationship between Obama and the Oregon State basketball coach.
      3. why is it that the people that most rant about “coexistence” and tolerance can’t do it?
      4. why is the “left” so consumed with hate that you prefer a team with it’s former star’s history of animal abuse, dog fighting and illegal gambling over someone that has friends that you don’t like.
      5. why can’t the “left” see the hyprocrocy of what they say. amazing that they are so intolerant that they demand who one can and can not be friends with.
      by the way….it wasn’t “pro-trump” people that were smashing up Berkeley (why did Janet N. demand that the “young republicans” pay $10,000 for “sercurity” and then there was none?) and elsewhere or the protesting against “free speech” at a Trump rally in San Jose or destroying cities under the guise of “black lives matter”. Who is motivating that hate? Who is fueling those fires? Why is “free speech” only for those that “agree” with the “left”?

      • Royal Calkins February 3, 2017, 6:12 pm

        David: The only one who takes any of this football stuff seriously is you.

  • Peggy Johnson February 3, 2017, 3:56 pm

    My Fox News watching son is routing for the Falcons. I hope his best friend, a Patriots fan isn’t reading this. As for me, I plan to watch the kitten and puppy bowls.

  • bill leone February 4, 2017, 2:38 pm

    Those UnAmerican, football-hating, hypocritical, lying, hate-mongering, intolerant….liberal, leftist, progressive, socialist, communist, vermin. We need a good excuse to start rounding them up & putting them someplace where they will not interfere with the lives of Real American Patriots.

    “Hitler and the Nazis outlawed socialism, and executed socialists and communists en masse, even before they started rounding up Jews. In 1933, the Dachau concentration camp held socialists and leftists exclusively. The Nazis arrested more than 11,000 Germans for “illegal socialist activity” in 1936.” (White Paper on Why Hitler was not a Socialist).

    • david fairhurst February 6, 2017, 2:25 pm

      Bill, did you read the San Francisco paper and letters about the riots in Berkeley? Yep…it was great for the “protesters” to have done what they did, Milio of Britebart (or whatever it is) should have been ripped to shreds, and in basic, that anyone that isn’t with them is a fascist and deserves to be beaten. Yep the words and false accusations of the “progressive left” have a child in their new “red shirt resistance” destroyers of any alternative view or the ability to express it. The chants and signs I saw were the same as Hilary supporters carried and also falsely accused Trump of being.

    • jim guy February 6, 2017, 5:47 pm

      you needed a white paper to know that?

      • jim guy February 6, 2017, 5:49 pm

        oops reply wrong place -;)

  • david fairhurst February 6, 2017, 2:17 pm

    There was quite a bit of ranting and raving about “Trump, Brady and Kraft” on NPR, R.”Madcow”, The Daily Mail (UK), CBS Sports and even some mention on the talking heads Sunday “news/opinion” shows about how Brady needed to “dump trump”. There was also a lot of complaining and examples on a lot of “Right wing” outlets too.
    There is just to much “politicizing” of everything. Why is there an ESPN opinion spokesperson (or in reality a Democrat shrill) on ABC ranting about how great Hilary was and how much of a fascist Trump is. And that relates to football how? It is the bias, one sided “facts” and double standards that I keep seeing from the “left” that got to me.

  • jim guy February 6, 2017, 5:37 pm

    Patriots. Greatest. Team. Ever. Deal wid it.

  • bill leone February 11, 2017, 1:13 pm

    David, Everyone has a right to voice their opinion, & if Anyone breaks the law they should be arrested….to state an Over Obvious Fact.
    Regarding the Pimp President, I believe he & members of his administration, are behaving more like George Wallace, than Lincoln or JFK. Authoritarian characteristics are clearly defined, politically, psychologically & socially, & from what I’ve read, he & his supporters fit those criteria more than any political figure since Joe McCarthy; & the Republican Party is looking more like the Liberty League of the 1930’s with each passing news cycle (See The Business Plot).