November 6, 2012. Election day. As the minutes tick away into the late evening, it appears to be a battle down the stretch. The possession constantly changes as the candidates seem to trade off small victories in the red zone. Romney scores a touchdown in Tennessee as he leads decisively for the eleven electoral votes. Then Obama answers with a scoring drive of his own, capturing the majority of Massachusetts’ voters. In Florida, both candidates jockey for better field position as they exchange punts in the third quarter.
At home, I sit on the couch with friends and family as many do now across the country. Following the close battle, we cheer as our candidate intercepts the opposing quarterback, leading to a victory in the Midwest. Not soon after, our hopes of pulling away late are dashed as the opposing team grabs a state not far away.
Leading up to the fierce game, Facebook, Twitter, and other media news outlets have given their predictions. Analysts from around the nation gather their keys to the game and preview what each candidate needs for the big win. But like any sport, there can always be upsets, and predictions can only go so far.
So as everyone watches the election unfold tonight, a close 4th quarter finish look to be in order. And if you’re reading this after the decision has been made, you can’t help but notice that it had the aura of one of our beloved football games. As for the nation, here’s to hoping the man sitting in the oval office, whichever candidate it may be, brings our country the same joy and prosperity that the loyal football fan feels come Sunday afternoon in football season.