The political red zoneEvery football fan in America knows about the “red zone” – the area on the playing field from the twenty-yard line to the goal line, beyond which lies the end zone. It’s bad enough when a team doesn’t score a touchdown or field goal from somewhere on the remaining eighty yards of the field. But if it fails to score when its offense first gets inside the red zone, its coaches and players get frustrated. When repeated trips to the red zone don’t lead to points, fans start to boo and – especially if it’s the second half of the game – leave the stands. Meanwhile, the sports announcers start making barely veiled comments suggesting the team could be a bunch of losers. On the opposing sideline, players grin and give each other high fives; while those on the short end of the score sit dazed on the bench, some hanging their towel-covered heads in shame. It ain’t pretty. Let’s face it: most people can’t have confidence in a team that has trouble scoring. But by making adjustments to its game plan, even the most unlikely team can prove fans, commentators, opponents – and anyone else who… Read full this story
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