10 Questions with Jay Mariotti
2. Obama's Influence on Sports
Posted On 05.17, 2013
RCS: In his column today, your colleague Kevin Blackistone made a case for picking up Obama's message and running with it, asking "[W]hat will athletes band together to do now?" How do you think Obama will influence sports?
Mariotti: Above all, he'll inspire all middle-aged men to be like Barry the Bomber and play pickup ball in hopes that they, too, can have abs like his. Actually, as I wrote the other day, I'm blown away about the political awareness he has sparked in sports. His ascent coaxes the apolitical Eldrick Woods out of mothballs and onto a podium at the Lincoln Memorial. LeBron James is passionate. Tony Dungy already is being wooed for a position. The world's biggest athletes are very popular and, to some degree, quite influential with young people.
Of course, if he's not too busy trying to resurrect the global economy and halting warfare, I want to see him follow through on his college football plan, and I'd be glad to serve as his Secretary of BCS Destruction. More importantly, he needs to remain aggressive on steroids, keep an eye on anti-trust and stop college basketball coaches from recruiting 12-year-olds. We'll put Dubya in charge of the DH. He doesn't have anything to do.