In the grand scheme of things it probably doesn't matter too much what kind of facial hair a quarterback is sporting or if slamball makes a comeback. Sports are a diversion from everyday life that is both necessary and entertaining, but at the end of the day they're mostly fun and games.
To be honest, I'm fine with that. People care about Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia Phillies. And they should. But every now and again it's good to step back and realize there are more important things going on than slam dunks and field goals.
Today is one of those days.
The long marathon of campaigning for Barack Obama and John McCain culminates right now. It's Election Day 2008.
Regardless of party affiliation and personal outlook, pretty much everyone has a stock in the outcome of today's voting. One great thing about America is that we are a melting pot of varying beliefs, philosophies and passions. Luckily, we're privy to the right of being able to have our voices heard when new leaders are selected.
I'll readily admit I'm quite politcally apathetic. Maybe to a fault. But in the past couple of months I've spoken with many people who couldn't wait for this day to come. Many of them are young voters exercising their rights for the first time. Their excitement and sense of civic duty have tempered my general cynicism. I think that's a good thing.
It promises to be a long day filled with lots of math and emotion. Here at the Sun-Times we're looking forward to keeping you updated with all the latest numbers and reaction. While I'll be in the office looking at a giant map of blue and red states, Kevin Allen will be in Grant Park for Obama's rally. He'll provide Twitter updates on the scene down there.
I can't speak for Kevin, but I'm very excited about today. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a journalist, to inform and interact with people about things they care deeply about. This is the first election I'll get to play a very small part in reporting.
We like to defer to our esteemed political blogger Lynn Sweet when it comes to these things. She'll no doubt be feverishly posting all the latest right here.
I'll post more links to our coverage as they become available. Even if you choose to get your news from some other source, we encourage you to get involved, stay involved and really enjoy being a part of history.
Don't worry, posts about cheerleading scandals and Lindsay Lohan will be waiting for you when it's all over.