TRUMP, NUMBER 45 - BULL IN THE RING
By Andy Weddington
Friday, 09 October 2020
In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke. William Shakespeare
Up hours before any good reason to be while sitting quietly in our library came thoughts of our country, our president.
Days of more than 50 years ago, simpler days, and a football practice drill called 'Bull in the Ring' struck as analogy.
One player encircled. Teammates making up the ring, at coach's order or whistle, randomly charged the ever-pivoting bull.
A simple drill: Take down the bull.
The conqueror then assumed bull honors.
The purpose of the contact was to reinforce fundamental tackling and blocking techniques and to toughen - bull and ring - while simulating game impromptu collisions.
It was a brutal drill; to prepare for a brutal game.
Memory is no more than 15-20 minutes. And that was enough. To escape without being banged up and bruised impossible.
That was football - a game of contact.
Politics is a brutal contact game.
President Trump is the bull.
For four years encircled.
In contrast to football, with politics there's not rules, coaches, nor referees; not really.
The ring attacks non-stop.
President Trump, more than any president I can remember, is banged up and bruised but he's not been taken down.
Americans love underdogs, warriors, and survivors.
President Trump, love of and for him or not, is an underdog, warrior, and survivor.
He proved that by winning the presidency in 2016.
Since, he's proved remarkable - pivoting stamina and fighting off the ring for more than 1,400 days.
What is the likelihood in 25 days he'll be knocked down?
By someone - with dreams of wearing number 46 - in the ring who's full of bull?
That's no bull.
In time ...
Donald "Bull" Trump - has a nice ring to it.