By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · November 20, 2016
Sports Can Unite After Bitter White House [back]
By the time you read these words, the 2016 presidential election will have been decided and chances are, you'll either be elated or deflated.
Barring a recount or some kind of post-race challenge, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be on their way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the losing site will be left frustrated, possibly crying foul, and fearing for America's future.
Over the past year and a half, I've had the chance to cover the presidential race. I've covered or interviewed nearly every candidate. I've stood in Donald Trump press gaggles and grilled the candidate about topics from his immigration policies to his relationship with Tom Brady.
I chased Marco Rubio down a hallway when he refused to answer a question about a poor performance in a debate (he really needs to hire faster security), scored a one-on-one interview with Bernie Sanders the same week he was on the cover of TIME, and made a trip to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention before visiting the Democrats a week later in Philadelphia.
I even caught Jim Gilmore, a former Virginia governor and lesser known candidate, holding court with a group of college students in the lobby of a Manchester, NH Super 8.
Along the way, I've met countless supporters of Clinton, Trump, and just about everyone else who was knocked out along the way. People from different backgrounds and with different ideas, but largely good people who want the best for America but just have different ideas for how to get us there.
We've sparred with neighbors over this race in person and on social media, but no matter who has won, it will be time to move forward together. Maybe sports can be part of that healing process. We've seen how sports can bring people together in the wake of tragedy. It could be just what people need to move forward after a race that seemed to deepen the divide of a polarized nation.
Whether a Clinton or Trump fan, we're all fans of the Scarlet Hawks. Even if we disagree on foreign policy, we can agree that Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL, no matter who he voted for.
So here's hoping we trade in the partisan divide for thoughtful disagreement and cooperation, both in Washington and in our neighborhoods.
After all, just like any sports team, we are all in this together.