First, thank you to Dan Steinberg and The Washington Post for giving me a chance to share my views on a topic I care about. I also appreciate their patience with me and the editing it required to make my barely serviceable prose readable. Below is the final version I submitted to The Post.
"Hey what's up buddy?" says the guy who just walked up to the bar. He has an aggressive southern drawl; somewhere between late-night TV preacher and guy-who-never-misses-the-race-at-Talladega. "You mind throwin' the game on?" This being Bethesda, the bartender asks, "Uhhhhhh, which game did you want?" It's a Saturday night in September.