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Posted at 5:25 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Political Football: Seeking help in the Midwest

By Sen. Charles Schumer

Sen. Chuck Schumer's Giants need the Bears' help; he reaches out to Illinois senator and roommate Dick Durbin.

Let's get straight to the prediction: the Giants will win.

Since 1932, the Giants and Redskins have faced each other every year, with more meetings than any other two teams in the NFL. The Giants lead the all-time series, with 91 wins.

If the Giants can pull off No. 92 this Sunday, and if the Bears also beat the Packers, New York can earn the final seed in the NFC playoffs.

Oddsmakers give this scenario only a 19 percent chance of happening. But I've always been an optimist about the Giants; since age five, my favorite Roosevelts have been Brown and Grier.

In a town known for its drama and bickering, the Redskins have brought plenty of both to the table this season. But the Giants have had their own share of turmoil, putting our coach--the pride of Waterloo, NY--on the hot seat.

After a strong start this season, the Giants are coming off two games that were painfully hard to watch. The loss to Philadelphia in Week 15 was toughest of all. With the Senate in a rare Sunday session that day, the only place I could find to watch the game was surrounded by unsympathetic Redskins fans at the Ugly Mug on Barracks Row.

Lately, the Giants just haven't played the gritty, defensive minded and fundamentally sound football they made famous as the Big Blue Wrecking Crew in the 1980s. The Giants' no-flash style may not always be pretty, but it evokes their blue-collar mentality and fan base.

Football, like politics, works best when it appeals to the middle class.

It's not often I root for a Chicago sports team, but this week will force me to do exactly that. Luckily, instead of resting their players, the Bears appear to be playing to win. They may just give the Giants the help they need.

For karma's sake, I am making an offer to my Capitol Hill roommate, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. If his Bears can pull off the win that sends my Giants to the postseason, I promise not to eat all the cereal in the house next week.

Let's go Bears! And, of course, go Giants!

By Sen. Charles Schumer  | December 31, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
Categories:  Political Football  
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Comments

Dear Sen. Schumer,
As I am sure you have heard before, you are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own set of facts. The Redskins / Giants rivalry, while of interest to a few east coast fans, is certainly NOT one consisting of “more meetings than any other two teams in the NFL.” That honor belongs to the Packers / Bears with nearly twice as many regular season meetings dating back to 1921. For your mistake I sentence you to assume the beaten and balding pose of Y.A. Tittle after he too once tried to disrespect the mighty Packers of Green Bay. For my part I’m pulling today for the teams from Washington and Green Bay.
Jim Dahl
Chantilly, VA

Posted by: JimD5 | January 2, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Update on some of my own facts: Today's Packers/Bears meeting is #181; Giants/Redskins is #156. Yes, the most famous Tittle photo is from a loss to the Steelers but there are plenty of others from his losses to the the Packers.

Posted by: JimD5 | January 2, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Jim Dahl!

I am glad to see that there is someone else out there who wanted to point out the lack of fact checking by the Senator (and the Washington Post Sports Editors). You can probably guess from my User Id that I am not just a Packer fan, but also a share holder.

Go Packers!!
Sean Mangan
Columbia, MD

Posted by: packerowner1 | January 2, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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