Americans love sports more than anything else. The party conventions got drubbed in the ratings by football. If there's anything that will decide the 2012 election, it might be how our favorite teams are doing.
The Steelers capped the 2008 season winning their NFL record sixth Super Bowl trophy. They won their fifth Super Bowl under President Bush, as well. But while playing under President Obama, the Steelers have missed the playoffs, lost in the Super Bowl and lost as the favorite in the wildcard round of the playoffs to a team quarterbacked by Tim Tebow.
It is obvious that Obama has destroyed the Steelers.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit won the Stanley Cup in 2008 — also its second during President George W. Bush's time in office. The very next year, with Obama in the White House, they lost in the Stanley Cup Finals and haven't been back since.
It can be stated that Obama's meddling in the Detroit auto industry ruined the Red Wings.
The Lions went an NFL all-time worst 0-16 in 2008. They never won more than seven games in any of Bush's years in office. Yet since Obama's term began, the Lions have seen their win totals climb from two to four to 10, including a playoff birth last season.
There is no greater evidence that President Obama has taken Detroit from the very bottom and put it on the path to longterm success.
The Celtics won it all in 2008. Since then it has been all downhill thanks to playoff exits at the hands of younger and more athletic teams. Now core players like Ray Allen are being outsourced to other cities.
Obama has failed the Celtics. They need Massachusetts resident Mitt Romney in the White House to turn things around.
The Heat ended the Bush years with the worst record in the entire NBA at 15-67. Four years later they are flush with talent, have the best player of this generation, hold the NBA Finals trophy and are attracting elite talent like Ray Allen.
President Obama has turned the Heat around and restored hope and prosperity to South Florida.
The 2008 Nationals had the worst record in all of Major League Baseball and played before an empty ballpark. Since then they have brought in players such as Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper and now draw big crowds to see the team with the best record in all of baseball.
President Obama vowed to change Washington and has clearly delivered on that promise.
Just days before the 2008 election, the Phillies breezed to the World Series in five games — giving the City of Philadelphia its first championship in 25 years. Since then the Phillies have spent heavily on payroll only to fail in the playoffs — capped this season by a wildly expensive and mediocre team that will finish well back in its division.
You could say the Phillies are a metaphor for how spending and spreading the wealth around only guarantees failure.
The 2008 Gators went 13-1 behind Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer and won a national championship. With Tebow and Meyer back the next year, but Obama in office, the Gators didn't repeat. Since then both have departed and the Gators have fallen to mediocrity with recent 8-5 and 7-6 seasons. Meyer is now coaching a team banned from the postseason in Ohio, while Tebow is a backup quarterback and punt team upback on a historically woeful pro franchise in New Jersey.
President Obama's time in office has been nothing but a nightmare for Florida Gators football.
The 2007-2008 Wildcats went 18-13 and lost in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament. The next season, played primarily under Bush, Kentucky only made it to the NIT. In three full seasons under Obama, the Wildcats have gone 102-14, won a national title and exerted their dominance over the sport.
Hope and change is the story of the Kentucky Wildcats since President Obama was elected.
The Cleveland Indians were quite mediocre in 2008. They are bad now, too. The Browns had four wins in 2008. They haven't had more than five since. The Cavaliers suffered a crushing loss in the 2008 NBA playoffs; since they suffered two more crushing playoff defeats, lost their city's most recognizable star in a painful departure, and have gone 40-108 over the past two seasons.
Bush, Obama or Romney, it doesn't matter: Cleveland sports will always suck.