Get in your three-point stance to prepare for a safety blitz of football analogies this weekend. Anyone who has followed budget negotiations even casually knows that Governor Dayton’s budget communications playbook is heavy with fiscal football framing.
“We both need to come to the 50 yard line,” Coach Dayton has barked since training camp.
Will DFL Governor Dayton use his veto pen to stuff the aggressive Republican offensive gameplan to go right on every play?
Will the GOP team’s large rookie class “win one for the Gipper” by completing their trickle down economics Hail Mary?
Will the homefield advantage (reflected in recent pro-Dayton approach polls) make the difference for Dayton?
If the Management and Budget Office referees throw a flag, will anyone follow the rules?
As we enter the two minute drill of the fourth quarter, will the Republican-controlled Legislature finally leave it’s 20 yard line and move to midfield and declare it a draw? Or will they take a knee, run out the clock to take their chances in an overtime, or three?
And, of course, will the Vikings’ game once again get cancelled due to multiple overtimes in the previous game?
Personally, I can’t wait. As far as I’m concerned, it’s pretty much impossible to overdo sports analogies.