I love the show "The West Wing." I don't say "loved," even though it went off the air four years ago, because it still lives on for me.
I TiVo it and always have a cache of seven repeats ready to go at any moment. It's like my pacifier. Sometimes, I get lucky and my wife falls asleep with one of our boys while putting him to bed. Before she wakes up and stumbles back downstairs to watch a recorded "Mad Men" or "Boardwalk Empire" with me, I sneak in an episode of the greatest piece of sanctimonious, self-righteous, fast-talking television ever. I love it.
One of my favorite episodes is when the president (Martin Sheen) is dealing with a potentially explosive issue involving China while simultaneously playing chess with communications director, Toby (Richard Schiff), in the oval office and deputy communications director, Sam (Rob Lowe), in Sam's office. You know, because he's so smart he can master strateegery, big and small. Towards the end of the show, after the prez has saved the world with a deft piece of geopolitical negotiations, he goes back to Sam's office to finish him off. Sam asks the president how he diffused the crisis and the president says, "See the whole board, Sam." Lickety-split, the international light bulb goes off in Sam's head, and he figures it out. Then, the president tells Sam he'll be president one day, I get the chills and the show goes to black.
Because I've seen that episode about 8,000 times, I couldn't help but think of the phrase, "See the whole board," after South Carolina beat Alabama last weekend. Because betting college football and pretend shows about the president are the same exact thing.