President-elect Barack Obama told 60 Minutes last night that he supports an eight-team playoff for college football, and that he might do more than just talk about it. “I’m going to throw my weight around a little bit,” he said. “I think it’s the right thing to do.”
We’d humbly suggest that Obama start with a catchy slogan like most successful political campaigns. That got us thinking how other political catchphrases could be repurposed to sporting ends.
Here are a handful:
Change we can believe in -- Finally, a college football playoff!
A thousand points of Lightning -- So should we characterize the choice of Rick Tocchet as a gamble? A roll of the dice? A longshot?
Are you better off than you were four years ago? -- A referendum to recall the candidacy of Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis
The Buccos Stop Here -- The 82-win mark (i.e. above .500), a level the Pirates haven’t reached in 16 years
Back to normalcy -- After choosing fiscal responsibility and prudently developing young prospects rather than chasing Johan Santana last offseason, it’s nice to see the Yankees throwing money around again like drunken sailors on CC Sabathia and every other big-name free agent
Bread and Roses -- Why the Pac 10 clings to the BCS system like grim death
54-40 or Fight -- 2008 motto of Big 12 football
We Poked You With The 3-4, We Shall Pierce You With #58 -- The Giants may not play the 3-4 defense of the Parcells glory years any more, but the unit led by captain Antonio Pierce (the MLB who wears No. 58) is still awful tough [Editor's note: This would have worked better if Pierce wore No. 48, as I first hoped/thought. Maybe I was thinking of LSU's MLB, Darry Beckwith.]
Don’t swap horses in midstream -- The only logical reason Herm Edwards is still coaching the Chiefs
Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too -- OK, I don't know what this has to do with sports; I've just always loved this slogan