Baseball, cornhole and political campaigns

Well, I came back from my run this morning to find out that the major league baseball season in Northeast Ohio is all but kaput. Cleveland Indians GM Mark Shapiro tells the Akron Beacon Journal:

“I believe if guys hadn’t gotten hurt — even with the offense struggling and the disappointing bullpen — we would still be in the hunt, though maybe not in first place,” he said. “Next year, I think we will be contenders, as well.”

Oh, as Brando lamented in On the Waterfront: “I coulda been a contender.” Couldn’t we all.

So I guess that leaves cornhole as the only game in the area. It appears that Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is organizing a statewide cornhole tournament to finance his campaign. (Good grief. Is he running again. Already?) Here’s from the Akron Beacon Journal story:

And Gov. Ted Strickland has let it be known he will soon hold a cornhole tournament to raise money for his campaign, with regional competitions around Ohio, including one in North Canton.

Not familiar with cornhole? It’s a bean bag-tossing game that’s popular on campuses and at tailgate parties.

First Obama says he won’t accept public money for the upcoming presidential campaign. Now Strickland is going to travel around Ohio and toss a bean bag for dollars.

I’ll just offer one tip to the governor. If the game is close, don’t bring in Joe Borowski, released yesterday as the Indians’ bullpen ace. If that happens, it’s likely the Republicans will sweep Ohio and the nation.

And for the Indians. Hillary was able to hang in there until the bitter end. Couldn’t you have at least faked it until the end of September? By then the Browns will have been eliminated as well.

Wait till next year.

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5 responses to “Baseball, cornhole and political campaigns

  1. Thank God. And I think that’s all I need to say…

    (Although now I’ll have no use for the URL I bought: http://www.nomojoeblow.com…dang.)

  2. Don’t give up on the URL. Given the Indians’ record I’m sure they will come up with an equally inept closer in no time.

  3. Sorry to chime in late, but someone has to say this. What if the cornhole fundraisers work well, and what it Barak Obama — desperate to carry the swing state of Ohio — chooses Governor Ted as his running mate? (It’s been discussed.)

    This means the cornhole fundraiser thing could go nationwide — which leads us to a real PR problem, if only a semantic one. You see, where I come from — and anywhere outside college campuses of the Midwest — the term “cornhole” has a very different connotation.

    But come to think of it, most of our politicians have been corn-holing the public for a very long time, haven’t they? Here’s what the Urban Dictionary has to say about the term:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cornhole

  4. I was going to mention the meaning (as I understood it growing up in Pittsburgh) of “cornhole” as well, but didn’t have the , uh, bean bags. And I’ll admit that the first time I heard one of the female students at Kent saying she was at a party playing cornhole — well, it got my attention.

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