With this week’s elections, and what with President-elect Obama putting his team together, I started thinking what how some of the area high school coaches I’ve known through the years would do as government officials. Let’s start with …
PRESIDENT: Wouldn’t the late-great Charlie Raich have been a good choice for commander-in-chief? His aw-shucks demeanor would put any enemy at ease, but his steel-eyed fortitude would do us well, in peace or otherwise, don’t ya think?
VICE PRESIDENT: Another late, great one, former Granite City South assistant soccer coach Mel Bunting. Mel was the quintessential backup guy, always there for his boss and willing to take the heat. And you couldn’t find a more loyal friend.
SECRETARY OF STATE: This one’s easy – Edwardsville soccer coach Mark Heiderscheid. His way with words and his way of dissecting every situation to the inth degree would serve us well.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Another soccer guy – former Granite City South great Gene Baker. He could rally the troops; prepare his teams for any task at hand. And boy, could he bait refs. I can hear him now, “C’mon Mr. President – pretend it’s a REAL conflict!”
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: Greg Moats, the former boss of the EA-WR boys basketball team, is now the superintendent of the Belleville Township High School District 201. He knows a thing or two about mapping out a strategy and sticking to it. And patience? Hoo doggies – he’s loaded with it. Just keep the loaded Pepsi cans out of his reach if there’s a nasty House floor battle going on.
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: Lori Blade, the Edwardsville girls basketball and softball coach, can perform her duties like no other. She’s a hands-on leader and keeps a close eye on her players. She can also look at the big picture and anticipate what must be done now, next week or two months from now.
SENATE MINORITY LEADER: Mr. Gregory Nasello, soccer coach at Alton High. If the minority needs firing up – this guy can do it. He can adjust to the situation as needed as evidenced by his ability to coach both boys and girls teams at AHS, as well as teach Biology at Lewis and Clark Community College. His diversity would be a strong suit. But remember to keep some sedatives handy in the Senate cloak room.
SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT: Mount Olive’s venerable football coach Don Dobrino is a clear choice for this one. It would be like President Obama getting President Truman to sit in on Cabinet meetings.
Do you have some ideas for our imaginary government? Send them in – and have fun with it. Just no lame ducks please.