Political Football: 'Don't learn from Tennessee'
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, from Tennessee's seventh district, says that Washington can learn a lot from Tennessee, but hopes those lessons don't carry over to the gridiron.
I have often said that Washington should pay heed to the hard-learned lessons from Tennessee. Washington didn't listen to how the test case of public option health care has become a disaster in our state. We hope they listened and saw our volunteer spirit that pulled Tennesseans through our worst natural disaster with this year's massive flooding.
That being said, there is one lesson we do NOT want Washington to learn -- how to rebound after giving up 59 points in one game.
Last season, Tom Brady and the Patriots ran up touchdowns faster than President Obama ran up the national debt, while Bill Belichick's defense kept the Titans and NFL's leading rusher from scoring. The Salahis couldn't have gotten through the New England defense that night. Granted, this embarrassment did not happen on our home field, but when its 59-0, the Titans wanted to be as far away from home as possible.
But our beloved and long-term coach (note to Dan Snyder, that means more than two seasons) Jeff Fisher used the blowout to turn things around. The Titans won their next five games. So hey, Skins fans, don't think of last week's loss in terms of Michael Vick running you dizzy before the first quarter was over. Think like you stopped the Eagles from their goal of scoring one point for every seat House Republicans picked up this year. Why not demand a recount? And why not employ a little superstition against us as well. After all, a Titans win Sunday would be the 13th straight over a NFC team dating back to 2007.
Redskins, this Sunday you're not just stepping onto the ground of LP Field. You'll be at another site that was under water, just like most of middle and West Tennessee, with the 1,000-year flood that devastated our state. What was not submerged was the will and spirit of Tennesseans who banded together to help each other through this tragedy. We will never forget that spirit, and I believe our Titans will not forget what it was like to be on the other end of a lop-sided game.
So, be consistent Washington! Don't learn from Tennessee and we'll have another great Titan win Sunday!
Rep. Marsha Blackburn
| November 19, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
Categories: Political Football | Tags: Political Football, Redskins-Titans
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