Primary Day Tomorrow:
Clinton, Obama Compete
Will Result Be Decisive?
Yesterday it was the Super Bowl in which, as everyone should know by now, the Giants scored in the last minute to win an upset victory over the favored New England Patriots.
Sunday it was the Super Bowl in which, as everyone should know by now, the Giants scored in the last minute to win an upset victory over the favored New England Patriots.
Those of us who watched on TV recognized that, as far as excitement is concerned, it was the game of a lifetime. The enormous television audience made it one of the most watched shows of all time, although No. 1 is still the final episode of M*A*S*H in 1983.
The victory created a level of civic enthusiasm over football unmatched in the 39 years since January 1969, when Joe Namath led the Jets to a surprise triumph over the Baltimore Colts (now the Indianapolis Colts). An expansion football team which replaced the departed Colts is known as the Ravens, in honor of Edgar Allan Poe, who died mysteriously in Baltimore in October 1849 at the age of 40, found on the streets of the city where he was said to have written the cadenced, mournful poem about the black bird who spoke just one word, nevermore. Poe was a genius, writing great poetry in the days when it had to rhyme.
Tuesday is the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. The largest Super Tuesday ever, with 22 state primaries on one day, is a political novelty which may, or may not, decide or presage the nomination of each party.