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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Go See Obama


The only thing preventing a clear cut Inauguration victory over the Super Bowl in early '09 is my preference for 70-degree average temperatures in February. One cannot dismiss the 30- to potentially 40-degree difference in which the two events will take place. Besides, by that point, after a month and a half of official winter, warmth trumps all. Unless you have the chance to witness Barack Obama become the 44th President of the United States. I must admit, it would beat watching Tom Coughlin scream and turn red or telling your grandkids you were there when Kerry Collins returned to the Super Bowl for the second time of his career. Of course, we don't have any clue which two teams will actually play in Tampa. Having a Super Bowl ticket guarantees the game and experience only for now -- you don't get to find out which teams you're paying for until a couple weeks prior.

I was living in Washington for Bush's inauguration in January, 2001. It was a cloudy, cold day if I recall correctly. Months prior, I envisioned heading to the parade along Pennsylvania Avenue to witness history -- whichever President it turned out to be.
Of course, naturally I fell ill that Friday night before, with all those fun flu symptoms and never made it out that day. I'm still troubling that I missed Ricky Martin perform Living La Vida Loca live on the Lincoln Memorial steps. But we move forward.

Obama's inauguration, if I had a ticket and wasn't sick, would be the must see event. This is its own Super Bowl. Except all American lives are affected in some capacity -- hopefully for the better. That's what we hope. At the end of the day, there are few things
that beat a ticket to the Super Bowl. I mean what beats the ultimate football game?
Getting a chance to say I'm going to see President Obama get inaugurated. It beats watching someone else say they're going to Disney World.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  November 20, 2008; 1:35 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I have never watch political channels or been as in tune to politics as I have now. I think that President Elect Obama has brought a lot of awareness to the political arena. As long as this administration is present there will be a lot of people watching. I say the inauguration will beat hands down. With so many people in attendence I don't think the cold weather will be much of a deterant.

Posted by: Annette | November 21, 2008 4:49 PM

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