Most of the world considers soccer to be 'the beautiful game'. But the United States of America stubbornly continues to play a different type of football, now heating up the cold autumn days in living rooms across the country. The rules are incomprehensible to the majority of people outside of the North American continent, which can also be said about the U.S. electoral system. The first presidential debate of the 2016 election season may have drawn comparisons to the sport's Super Bowl championship game ratings-wise. However, this is a wildcard political season, and the Democrats would still have to make some key halftime adjustments, if they are to finish off the 6'3 athletic freak Donald Trump and finally get their beat up veteran leader Hillary Clinton that elusive championship ring.
Let's talk football and politics. The American way.
The National Football League regular season is still young, but the Democrats are already gaining momentum in the early stages of their playoff run.
The popular consensus seems to be that the first debate at Hofstra University, a school which ended its collegiate football program seven years ago, went the way of the Democratic nominee.
Speculations about how many figurative cortisone shots and painkillers the bruised and battered Hillary had to take to last all four quarters swirled all around, but Clinton certainly looked like the political All-Pro that she has always claimed to be under the Monday night spotlight.
This was a home game of sorts for Hillary, with NBC moderator Lester Holt receiving criticism for throwing yellow flags Trump's way, but keeping the laundry in the pocket when it came to challenging the former Secretary of State.
The Democrats took a few pages out of Trump's playbook"--"with DNC superdelegate Howard Dean blitzing the Donald with accusations of cocaine use, due to the billionaire's frequent sniffling during the debate. Trump, on the other hand, seemed to play the equivalent of a soft zone coverage, saying he'll refrain from saying things that are "not nice" about Hillary. A surprisingly conservative approach from someone who's known for his blitz-heavy schemes and aggressive fronts when it comes to rattling his political opponents.
And now Hillary Clinton, who might still be reeling from a multitude of injuries and concussions, gets a much-needed breather while the second-stringers take the stage for the vice presidential debate to kick off the October battles.
And if you look at the bigger picture, this is the best time for the Democratic party to make halftime adjustments. They're up against an offensive juggernaut in Trump, who may have had an off day at Hofstra, but his evisceration of Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz during the primaries means he cannot be counted out until November, when the game clock runs out.
But despite the verbal athleticism and unpredictable play calling, Trump showed that he is still a rookie, and the veteran coordinators behind the Democrats know they can continue exploiting matchup weaknesses.
Let's have a look at some of the plays that they may want to draw up and put away the fiery political newcomer once and for all. If they can execute, of course.
Play action. By the backup.
The Democrats may have been softening up the defense of the divided Republican opponents by giving Hillary as many snaps as they can, knowing full well she has no explosiveness left, as well as a suspected torn ACL.
Tim Kaine, an able backup groomed in the Democratic National Committee system, would then step in and assume the starting role. If Hillary cannot live up to the fat contract she signed, then the corporate lobbyists will look to get their money's worth with Kaine, who, at age 58, is still very much in his political prime.
Meanwhile, off the field"