2007 Year in Review-- Sports: America re-learns baseball's endgame strategy requiring extra-innings when needed for victory and rejects football's artificial time-constraints in Iraq.·
By Jim Wrenn,
Editor and Washington Bureau Drawer Chief at PoliSat.Com.
December 26, 2007--
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Many sports experts will consider the steroids scandal in Major-League Baseball to be the sports story of the year, but historians will prove then to have been wrong. Not only do the current revelations about steroids having sullied the reputation of Baseball and a number of current and recent top players induce disgust in most sports fans, but they simultaneously induce in many sports fans into nostalgic recollections of truly great players in Baseball's history. Few could outrank Ted Williams in this category. Williams was not only a great baseball player, he also was a great American.
Recollection of the legend of Williams sheds light on a different story that historians will consider to have been the "sports" story of the year: America relearning the end-game strategy of its former "National Past-Time." It's not to disparage football to draw attention to the fact that (except in playoff games) football subjects the end-game strategies of participants to arbitrary time constraints whereas baseball requires participants to continue the struggle until a victor emerges (absent, of course, one side committing the heretofore unheard-of act of forfeiting). Intuitively understanding this end-game strategy of what was still America's "national past-time" throughout most of the 20th Century until the mid-to-late 1960's, preceding, during, and for nearly two decades after, the generation that fought and won World War II knew the struggle between totalitarianism and liberty to be one in which securing the blessings of liberty for their posterity required an end-game strategy committed to waging the conflict until victory rather than treating it as a time-constrained struggle.
In the November, 2006, elections, it appeared that with respect to Iraq, the country had embraced the time-constrained strategy of football and rejected the continue-until-victory end-game strategy of Baseball. But, thanks to the insightful end-game strategy of General David Petraeus, the dogged determination of "lame duck" President George W. Bush, and the incredible courage and tenacity of our troops, it appears that during 2007 America has re-learned the "end-game" strategy of baseball and embraced it as the correct strategy in the ongoing struggle between liberty and religiously fanatical totalitarianism. This is the real "sports" story of 2007.
Does this mean that the 2008 Election will pivotally focus on the imperative of viewing this struggle as one in which our end-game strategy must be victory rather than handicapped by artificial time constraints? It may be too early to draw that lesson, but it's not too early to be optimistic that the current generation of Americans have learned what the World War II generation intuitively understood.
--Jim Wrenn, Editor, http://PoliSat.Com.
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