OK, the calendar is littered with big days – Christmas, Groundhog Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, the Super Bowl, and Casimir Pulaski Day.
Why the latter? Casimir is my middle name. Hell, it was almost my first name. Thanks, Mom, for saving my butt even before you started changing my diaper.
However, on the calendar of events, today ain’t too shabby.
In fact, today features a day-night doubleheader.
Get your popcorn ready.
Actually, you already missed the Super Bowl Media Day festivities. So order a small popcorn.
Super Bowl Media Day is the weirdest, wackiest and most irrelevant day on the sports calendar.
You know the drill: Thousands of media members, alleged media members, ex-ballers, and hotties elbow one another in the ribs to ask inane and nonsensical questions of players and coaches.
Today’s circus, which did feature plenty of clowns but no elephants (unless you count the linemen), was staged in Newark’s Chris Christie-sized Prudential Center.
The Seattle Seahawks’ media session was, of course, The Richard Sherman Show. The cocky and mouthy cornerback and former communications major at Stanford said he loves Media Day.
Alert the media, conventional and social, on that bit of shocking news.
The Denver Broncos’ media session spotlighted Peyton Manning, the ancient quarterback who’s still passing fancy even though his spirals wobble like drunken ducks and sputter at low RPMs.
Everybody on this planet, outside of a few folks in Belarus, wants to know if Sunday’s Supe Bowl will make or break Manning’s legacy.
Except for Manning.
“I thought you had to be like 70 to have a legacy,” he said. Which leaves him about three years shy of getting one.
By the way, Peyton the rogue rebel was wearing a towel over his shoulder because he’s a Reebok guy in a Nike league.
If you’re still reading this rib-tickling epistle at this point, the nightcap of today’s doubleheader is the State of the Non-Union Address.
Yep, in case your attention span wandered, Barack Obama still is the president.
Technically, he still holds the office but he isn’t a real president anymore — being held hostage by a divided Congress as well as his aloof lack of leadership.
In case you fall asleep early on your recliner while watching Wheel of Fortune and wondering who hijacked Vanna White’s face (Bruce Jenner?), Obama likely will identify measures where he and
Congress can cooperate; press issues that will distinguish him and Democrats from Republicans in an election year; and also make a case for acting alone.
Illustrating his willingness to act on his own, the White House says Obama will announce that he will sign an executive order increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for new federal contracts.
But the executive order will have more of a ripple than a tsunami effect.
The measure affects only future contracts, not existing ones, and would only apply to contract renewals if other terms of the agreement changed. As a result, the order would benefit only about 4.7 workers.
Obama’s address undoubtedly will be wrapped in a unifying theme: The federal government can play a key Big Brother role in increasing opportunities for Americans who have been left behind, unable to benefit from a recovering economy.
Yet, at the core of the address, the president likely will deliver a split message.
Even as he argues that low income Americans and many in the middle class lack the means to achieve upward mobility, it’s a slam dunk that Obama will take credit for an economy that by many indicators is somehow gaining strength under his watch.
Granted, that recovery remains elusive to many Americans.
But why quibble over details?
Also, if you’re scoring from home, count how many more times the Democrats stand to applaud than the Republicans.
That’s because the Obama Administration equips the Democrats’ seats with Jack-In-The-Box springs.