7:36pm December 30, 2012

NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys vs. the Fiscal Cliff


CAPITOL HILL — It is Sunday in Washington, but to be on Capitol Hill today you would never know it.  Tourists wait in line to watch the House and the Senate in full blown session.  It is the first time both chambers have been in session between Christmas and New Years since 1870.

“There is no reason on God’s green earth why we cant get a deal here,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to reporters before lunch.  The Senate was gaveled into session at 1:00 p.m.  The House convenes at 2 p.m.

But there is another big story in Washington and it’s certainly likely that the big stars of that other story — Robert Griffin III and Tony Romo — will outshine any other activity underway in the nation’s capitol.

Washington’s Robert Griffin, who has set a new standard for rookie quarterbacks, is set to steal the day from Speaker John Boehner and even President Obama. Cowboys vs. Redskins has the potential of blowing the fiscal cliff and everything else out of the news.

The storied rivalry between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys continues tonight at 8:10 p.m.  At about the time we should be able to see what America is paying more attention to: Their money or their football.   Last time Dallas played Washington, which was on Thanksgiving, the ratings were through the roof.  The Redskins won 38-31 and so did the NFL’s advertising clients.

“Only once have they met in the final week with playoff implications for both teams. Dallas beat Washington 35-34 on Dec. 16, 1979, rallying from 13 points down in the fourth quarter with two touchdown passes from Roger Staubach,” reported WTOP, a local news station in the district of Columbia.

Tonight’s rivalry to decide NFC East title is expected to attract millions of viewers in primetime.  What the reaction will be to any deal that may happen on the fiscal cliff is likely to be felt first by the stock markets in the morning.  Stay tuned.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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