With the second debate right around the corner, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been sharpening their debate skills. But in the middle of October, there are no debaters more skilled than sports fans.
As a sports fan and sports writer, I can personally attest to sports fans acumen for debate. Sports fans do not do “fuzzy math,” half truths, or imaginary statistics. No matter how thick the rose colored glasses, sports fans demand hard evidence.
With that in mind, here are ten questions sports fans would ask:
1. Did the NFL replacement referees change your mind about labor unions?
Republicans have made no secret how they feel about labor unions. But Paul Ryan urged the NFL to unbust the union when his beloved Green Bay Packers fell victim to a bad call. The response to that question could be worth the price of admission.
2. Does the government have any role in organized sports?
From steroids to Bountygate, organized sports become a discussion in the halls of Congress. Both candidates could tell the public a lot by the answer to this question.
3. Should Title 9 be overturned?
The statute that requires men’s and women’s collegiate sports to receive equal funding is often fodder for sports fans. Barrack Obama has made women’s rights a campaign issue, and Mitt Romney is running on less regulations. This question could start a war on two fronts.
4. What is your favorite sport, and why?
This simple question could actually be very telling. In my experience, there are significant differences in those who spend Sundays watching football and those who spend it watching golf.
5. Is a one game playoff fair in Major League Baseball?
This question needs to be asked more often from everyone.
6. Is a four team playoff system the ideal solution for the NCAA FBS?
College football will finally get a playoff system for the National Title. But having only the top for teams involved is still being debated by fans.
7. What are your feelings on the designated hitter?
While the designated hitter is nothing new, people still debate whether either or both leagues should have the rule.
8. Better sports town: Boston or Chicago?
Having known sports fans from both cities, this question could get ugly.
9. Should LeBron James stayed in Cleveland?
Since Ohio is a major swing state, this question might involve a lot of tap dancing. It would also be interesting to see if either candidate knew that James left to chase a ring and not a bigger contract.
10. Which team better represents Washington D.C.: Washington Redskins or Washington Nationals?
Both teams have caused some excitement this year. The Redskins look towards the future with Robert Griffin III, and the Nationals won their division. This question would certainly stir some controversy in the nation’s capitol.
Christopher Beheler is a lifelong sports fan and has covered football, baseball, and Olympic fencing.