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Patriots, Aerosmith offer common ground

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  November 6, 2012 03:00 AM

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Not only is Robert Kraft considered one of the NFL's elder statesman, he's also perhaps the league's coolest owner. Monday, he and son Jonathan introduced Aerosmith during their Commonwealth Avenue homecoming concert and gave the band members autographed championship game balls. Aerosmith put on a terrific show - complete with the Patriots cheerleaders - in front of their old Commonwealth Avenue home.

They sang "Train Kept A Rollin" and stopped the Green Line to do it. Brilliant. As my late father would say: "That Steven Tyler is one classy broad."

The Krafts were joined by Tom Brady - who appeared ever stylish and seemingly-shirtless (he had a v-neck t-shirt) underneath a pea coat - and Jerod Mayo.

Kraft was flanked by Jon Bon Jovi in London, not to mention girlfriend Ricki Lander. What can Kraft do for an encore? Perhaps get Aerosmith to write and perform an original team song for the Patriots. "Look This Way" would work for the secondary.

It was like G-Rated porn for fans of Boston sports and Boston rock. And it was a rare moment of unity in these recent months, as roughly 10,000 Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren and None of the Above supporters were all together in their love of rock and Patriots and rocking in unison to "Walk This Way."

Once the votes in this election are finally counted - and that could take a while - either Sean Hannity or Chris Matthews is going to be really pissed furious. Those two commentators might represent the most intense view of each side in this election but also mirror the polarized electorate.

Everyone, it seems, is weighing in on this election.

Since the Washington Redskins lost at home on Sunday, the incumbent party in the White House is supposed to lose. For 19 of the past 20 presidential elections - when the Redskins lost their last home game before the election - the incumbent president or party has been defeated.

This year, expect a twist. A 269-269 Electoral College tie will result when Mitt Romney loses a Colorado recount by one vote. Officials will declare Tim Thomas' ballot invalid since the retired Bruins' goalie formally emancipated himself from the United States.

In the resulting chaos, the House elects Tim Tebow as president after the birth and age requirements from Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution and the election rules set forth in the 12th Amendment are temporary waived by the Supreme Court and Roger Goodell. Meanwhile, in the Senate compromise, noted President Obama supporter Doc Rivers is elected vice president and Paul Ryan is declared winner of the New York Marathon.

Sounds about as crazy as the Patriots winning the Super Bowl this season.

But I'm not ruling either one out.

Sports remain one of the few areas where people of all political beliefs, races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and however else we choose divide ourselves can come together and cheer or suffer in unison. When you're at a stadium or ballpark, your fellow fans are not Republicans, Democrats or Independents. Extreme partisans are celebrated in the world of sports. In politics, they're often put on watch lists or end up working for MSNBC or Fox News.

The role of sports in our lives is often overstated (don't tell the people who pay me to write this), given the fact that these games really don't impact our lives as much as those people whom we choose to vote for or against. The exception is if you choose to wager on the outcome of a game. But that's self-inflicted pain or joy. At the same time, sports are vital - see New York after 9-11, baseball during World War II, the role Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens played in American history, or the national emotional impact of the the U.S. Olympic victory over the Soviets in 1980.

Still, millions of people live their lives in New England not knowing or caring who will be the fourth starter or right fielder for the Red Sox, fretting over the fact that the Patriots secondary couldn't "stop a nosebleed" or giving a damn that the Winter Classic won't be played until 2014 at the earliest.

Sometimes, especially when Dice-K is pitching or the Patriots are trying to hold a four-point lead in the fourth-quarter with less than five minutes to play, I'm envious of those folks. But then I think back to watching Brady forever shut-up John Madden, Zdeno Chara and Thomas lifting the Stanley Cup or to the unadulterated joy of Game 7 against the Yankees in 2004 and figure there's no way I'd trade those moments for the pain-free guarantee of apathy.

Those moments untied us all, as did the collapse of the 2011/2012 Red Sox and the non-stop venom that this past season produced.

I've done my best to shield readers from my political views or preferences. This is as much a pragmatic decision as one of convenience. This is not the place to preach politics - although we always make exceptions for any politician who tries to capitalize on the popularity of athletes or athletes who try to tell us how to vote. Their right to do so is not the issue. It's just that as a rule, I don't take political cues from athletes, actors, singers or the place that sells me my favorite chicken sandwich and waffle fries. The same way I don't need Romney's opinion on the Red Sox or Obama's views on the Super Bowl.

And it's always cringe-worthy when presidents or would-be presidents show up on Monday Night Football. Partisans on both sides went bananas Monday when Romney took tongue-in-cheek credit for the Patriots "two Super Bowl wins" - XXXVIII and XXXIX occurred while he was in office - and when Obama called the impending national college playoff system - something he advocated in 2008 - an example of "promises made, promises kept."

Politics is much more brutal than sports when it comes to dealing with losers. There's no first or second wildcard in the Electoral College standings. At least the last Super Bowl runner-up got the Lamar Hunt trophy and a nice AFC championship banner. If Romney finishes second tonight, he'll probably lose his Secret Service protection before the final votes are counted in Alaska and Hawaii. Ex-presidents, even those who only serve one term, do pretty well when it comes to pensions and perks. But being voted out office by millions of people and billions of dollars has to hurt no matter how big the ego.

Thankfully, the Patriots return to action on Sunday. The Celtics are trying to figure out how to put the pieces together to build a contending team - or at least one that can return to the Eastern Conference finals and challenge the Heat. Both Obama and Romney supporters who love hockey are united in their anger and dismay over the NHL lockout. The Red Sox are wading into the free-agency market.

Meanwhile, David Ortiz is back in the fold, taking shots at Bobby Valentine.

Right now, Ortiz is polling at 98% with Gallup among Red Sox fans just for saying that Valentine "has mental issues."

Of course, after this campaign, who can blame him?

As always, let us know what you think. Join our in-game Patriots-Bills fan chat next Sunday and bring your own Buffalo wings. Post your thoughts here, on our Obnoxious Boston Fan Facebook page or e-mail me obnoxiousbostonfan@hotmail.com. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter @realOBF.

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