Tired of Bad News? There’s the ‘Cheez-It Bowl’ — and More! — to Cheer Us During ‘Great Ellipsis’

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Surge Summary: How many college bowl Games are enough? What about what’s going on with the NFL and some other professional athletes? Amidst all the bad news emanating from American government as we enter a new year, there are some inspiring developments in the sports and entertainment world.

by Robert Knight

To mark the end of 2022, I was going to list all kinds of things that delighted the media and horrified the rest of us.

But my wife asked me not to start the New Year with a downer.

So, I’ll just mention a few and move on: Biden is wrecking the country and destroying our savings. We have a disastrously open border. The GOP “red wave” flopped, narrowly flipping only the House. Congress enacted the (Dis)Respect for Marriage Act and spent another $1.7 trillion of money that we don’t have. COVID commissars are gearing up for a replay of 2020.

Okay, enough. Now we can move on to sports, which are usually safe. Just don’t dwell too long on your favorite pro team going “woke.”

Baseball’s return is only weeks away. Major league pitchers and catchers report to spring training in mid-February. My dear friend, the late pro-life activist Michael Schwartz, called the time between the last out of the World Series to the first pitch of spring training “the Great Ellipsis.” He cared only about his beloved Philadelphia Phillies. Football’s Eagles? Not so much.

During the Ellipsis, baseball fans have to make do with politics, hockey, basketball, basket weaving and football, including college bowl games pitting the great and not-so-great.

On December 16, bowl mania kicked off in, of all places, the Bahamas. You know, the semi-tropical islands in the Atlantic Ocean 110 miles east of Miami – football country.

Between bites of conch chowder and windsailing, the University of Alabama Birmingham beat Miami of Ohio, 24-20 and then went deep sea fishing off Cuba. They haven’t been heard from since.

Other early bowls included the December 17 Wasabi Fenway Bowl, where a hot Louisville team trounced Cincinnati 24-7 in front of the Red Sox’s Green Monster (the huge wall in left field).

Since then, approximately 997 more bowl games have been played, leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 9 in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, pitting defending champion Georgia against the upstart Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University.

I’m still puzzled by snack food Cheez-It’s outsized college football footprint. The Cheez-It Bowl on Thursday in Orlando pitted Oklahoma versus Florida State. The Cheez-It Citrus Bowl on Monday, also in Orlando, features LSU against Perdue. Sponsoring bowls is anything but cheesy. They must sell a lot of those addictive little crisps.

Rounding out the football picture is the Big Show, the National Football League. Once relegated to Sunday afternoons, the NFL now plays virtually every day of the week, according to America’s wives.

I would sympathize with the wives except that on Thanksgiving, the National Dog Show and a re-run of the Macy’s parade hogged the TV in the family room. I will say the food, the folks and the camaraderie were so wonderful that it hadn’t occurred to me until now that we had missed the Cowboys and Lions games.

For those of us in the Washington, D.C. area, there have been some bright spots. The Washington Commanders were playing meaningful games deep into December (but blowing them all). Washington Capitals forward AlexOvechkin scored his 802nd hockey goal, passing Hall of Famer Gordie Howe (801). Ovi is now taking aim at all-time great Wayne Gretzky’s lifetime record of 894 goals and has a good chance if he doesn’t get drafted into Putin’s army.

Sports fans know all this, but I’m sharing it for non-fans who might actually still be reading this column.

Anyway, it’s time to say goodbye to 2022. It was a year that delighted most Democrats and stunned Republicans but included a growing rebellion against wokeness. Tom Cruise’s incredible patriotic blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick” led all films and might even help reverse the military’s plunge in recruiting.

Despite deep flaws and divisions, our 246-year-old constitutional republic with its free market economy, First Amendment freedoms and what’s left of the rule of law is still the most amazing country on earth.

Plus, in only six weeks, pitchers and catchers will report, bringing an end to the Great Ellipsis.

Happy New Year!

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Robert Knight is a columnist for The Washington Times. His new book “Crooked: What Really Happened in the 2020 Election and How to Stop the Fraud” (D. James Kennedy Ministries, September 2022) is available at his website roberthknight.com and at djkm.org/crooked.



Crooked: What Really Happened in the 2020 Election and How to Stop the Fraud

By Robert Knight

160 pages, fully footnoted and indexed. (Sept. 2022 D. James Kennedy Ministries.) Available at the roberthknight.com website store.

In 2020, the Left in America seized control of all three elected branches of the federal government. We have been paying for it ever since. But was the election fair and honest?

We are told every day that we cannot even ask that question lest we be “cancelled” as “election deniers.”

Yet, there is massive evidence that vote fraud, unconstitutional election law rigging and Big Tech manipulation yielded a pre-determined result. The media, which should be shining a light on all this, instead labels all such suggestions as “baseless,” “falsehoods,” or simply “false.” Instead of defending freedom of speech and free inquiry, the press vilifies anyone stepping outside their narrative.

For more than 244 years, America’s Christian culture and its continued influence have combined with limits on government imposed by the Constitution to make the United States the freest, most prosperous nation in history. But forces have been at work for decades to “liberate” us from self-government.

This book exposes the many threats to free elections posed by un-American, socialist activists. But it’s also meant to inspire patriotic Americans to resist intimidation and to restore limited government under God.

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