Despite the headline, this is not another blog entry marking President elect Obama’s victory. It’s more serious and far more challenging.
At the end of last season my five-a-side football team, the Belmont Academicals, were promoted to the top division (well, the top division for Thursday nights in our part of West London, anyway). For many seasons we have tried to avoid promotion because – put simply – we know we’re just not good enough.
Our average age – approaching 45 – is more than twice some of our opposition. We ache as we lower ourselves onto the pub benches for a pint after each match. If we play each game as if it could be our last, it’s simply because it could be just that.
This Thursday we face the imposingly named Gravesen’s Army. This team was promoted with us, and we have never beaten them. A quick glance at the table shows they won their first game 11-3. And Thursday looms especially large for me for a very good reason. As goalkeeper, I’m the guy who carries the can each time we let one in.
In comparison with this, waiting to run the world’s largest super power while the economy spirals into chaos should be pretty relaxing stuff.
Well, bring on Thursday. Playing it can’t be any worse than thinking about it. As Mr Obama is about to find out, it’s tough at the top.
PS – If you want to see the fall-out of explicit political blogging entries, then look at what happened when Clive Shepherd backed Obama. Far better to stick to serious subjects. Like football.