Watching the presidential contest every four years matters. The stakes are high, and there's nearly always something to learn. Sports metaphors invariably work their way into the discourse, because the presidency is the equivalent of winning the Super Bowl and going to Disneyland.
The past week hasn't been good for Mitt Romney. In fact, we've watched him pass the football backward into his own end-zone. Sure, team Obama pounced on it to get a safety, but it was Mitt himself who did the passing.