Election Day musings
A somewhat serious question for you to ponder as you head out to the polls: The race hoops-crazy North Carolina is really close. So if Barack Obama wins the Tarheel State by one percentage point, to what extent can he thank the pickup game he played in May with the North Carolina men's basketball team for pushing him over the top?
From what I understand, UNC alums (and probably to some extent, Heels fans in general) lean a little to the left anyway (John Edwards went to law school there while the Dems once tried to draft Dean Smith as a Senate candidate), while Duke fans (Richard Nixon went to law school there and Coach K's Republicanism is well documented) lean to the right. But regardless of the schools' political leanings, Obama was smart to work out with the State U squad, which has more fans state-wide.
And how about Indiana? Who would have thought 20 years ago that in 2008, a Democrat would have a chance to carry the state, while the Hoosiers would be facing a massive rebuilding project and be a consensus choice to finish last in the Big 10?
That's about all the basketball-related Election thoughts I can come up with (I'm sure plenty of you have them, so please drop a few comments), so I'll end the election talk with this: I don't care if you vote for Obama, McCain, Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, or Jimmy Patsos. But get out the the polls, wait in line if you have to, and vote.
And finally, some news: Raise your hand if you saw this coming from Jason Thompson.
Sure, it's early, and sure, things could change, but man, is Thompson making the Kings look good for using that lottery pick on him, or what?
The Kings got walloped last night by the Sixers, but not because of a lack of production by JT, who dropped 17 points and six rebounds, and has scored in double figures in three of his four NBA games.
Not bad for an unheralded kid from a Mid-Major, eh?