Horseshoe Hotbox (II)

As predicated, the Ohio State-Akron game was a hotbox.  The game featured blazing sunshine and temperatures that reached near the century mark.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that medics treated dozens of people for heat-related conditions, and University officials opened up cooler areas of the Stadium, including the band room, for people suffering from the effects of the heat.  As for the band itself, members received bags of ice to place on their baking noggins, as shown in the Cleveland Plain Dealer photo at left.  The TV report on the game showed that a huge number of alumni band members fled for shaded areas and ice water rather than endure the cruel heat and sun in the stands.

As bad as the spectator seating was, the field was worse.  One official had to leave the game, and the trainers were working overtime to keep players hydrated and cooled off.  Normally temperatures in the 80s at game time produce lots of cramps, but there didn’t seem to be many yesterday.  Perhaps that is a sign that this year’s Buckeye squad is particularly well-conditioned.

It will be good to get into true football weather — for fans, players, bandies, and officials alike.

What The Euros Are Thinking

Our friends in Europe often struggle to understand the American political system and its dynamics, which are so different from the European parliamentary systems.  I’m sure the latest weird political jousting between the President and Republicans is especially baffling.  I imagine this conversation between Pierre and Nicollette as they stroll past Les Deux Magots on a Parisian boulevard:

Pierre:  Will you watch President Obama’s speech on Wednesday?  We need the American economy to lead the way out of this recession.

Nicollete:  The speech isn’t Wednesday — it’s Thursday.  Wednesday conflicted with a debate of Republican candidates for President.

Pierre:  Oh, when is the presidential election?

Nicollette:  It’s in 15 months.

Pierre:  15 months?  I don’t understand, then.  Is this debate especially important?

Nicollette:  Not really.  There have been many Republican debates already, and there will be many more.  In fact, it’s possible that even more Republican candidates will be getting into the race.

Pierre (shaking head):  I thought the economy and unemployment were supposed to be the most important issues in America right now.  Hasn’t President Obama really been pushing to give that speech and lay out his plans?

Nicollette:  Well, President Obama has given lots of speeches about his economic plans already, and they haven’t had much of an impact.  And he could have presented his plans weeks ago, but he decided to take a vacation first and then give this speech to a Joint Session of Congress.

Pierre:  Well, at least now Americans will start focusing on the economy.  A prime-time speech by the President to a Joint Session of Congress demonstrates that this is the most important issue to work on!

Nicollette:  It’s not a prime time speech.  In fact, it’s being given at 7 o’clock so that it can be finished before the first game of the NFL season.

Pierre:  What’s the NFL?