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2018-02-07 / Editorial

SOTU, ‘the memo,’ and America’s new football champs

About politics and other things
By Elaine Kolodziej

Some news cycles are harder than others to take. Sometimes you just need a break from all the hard stuff.

Last week began with President Donald Trump’s confidence-building patriotic State of the Union speech on Tuesday. As is his nature, he did not avoid controversy. He hammered home point after point, much to the delight of the Republicans.

I loved it. Naturally, I was ready to comment about it.

But as the week continued, there was another major event. Momentum had been building for the release of the much-anticipated secret memo from the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. That happened on Friday.

The memo was put together by Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California. Glaring headlines prior to its release called it “highly controversial.” Democrats had literally begged not to have it released. Even some higher-ups in the FBI and Justice Department took issue with its release, so that by the time it was finally made public on Friday, it had become a political punching bag.

It was called everything from shocking, controversial, and troubling to explosive, alarming, and more by the Democrats and the media. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein claimed that its release could “jeopardize the country’s future.”

Once the memo was out, however, the Democrats and the media tried to downplay its significance, claiming it was inaccurate and immaterial, as they went on the offensive. One wonders why, if the memo was so meaningless, they put up such a fuss to try to keep it from the public.

That being said, the memo was overshadowed by yet another earth-shattering event on Sunday: Super Bowl LII. Yes, the world seemed to hang on who would win a football game.

Perhaps in view of the gravity of the world situation, it was good to have something lighter to balance out the more serious issues and give us at least a momentary distraction.

Even though I’m not a big football fan, I welcomed the distraction. I can’t believe I watched the whole thing!

Initially it was not my intention to actually watch the game. Still, I wanted to be prepared: you know, with food and all. After a couple of trips to H-E-B on Saturday, I’m convinced that was everyone’s intention. It looked like it might have been a one-day record for shoppers stocking up. If I had had a chance, I would have verified that with store manager Jason Smith, but he looked more than busy. People were hauling out baskets loaded with groceries almost as fast as the shelves could be stocked.

After my more-than-adequate preparations with cooking and cleaning to prepare for the big day, the big game was no disappointment. Not that I am a rabid football fan or a qualified critic, but I know a good game when I see one.

And that was one heck of a good game from start to finish, giving the first-ever Super Bowl win to the Philadelphia Eagles. They came in as obvious underdogs against the Tom Brady machine and the New England Patriots — and never gave up. Down to the last second of the game, the Eagles fought for that title over the five-time champion Patriots.

It was a well-deserved victory.

From the pre-game preparations and one of the best-ever presentations of the national anthem, the crowd was more than ready for what was to come.

The game was competitive but clean, without a lot of penalties. Even the post-game comments from Eagle players, who gave thanks and glory to God, were the perfect ending for this game and this week in history.

Put me down as an Eagles fan.

There will be time next week to get back to the political banter.

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