Bowing to pressure from civic-oriented footfall fans, the Northfield City Council will entertain a motion at the start of tonight’s meeting (see Tracy’s blog post for a summary) to allow the broadcast of the Vikings-Packers game on the overhead TV monitors in the Council chambers. There would be no audio, of course, but closed captioning would be provided.
Councilors could opt for the service on their individual monitors, as some of the women councilors already do for their Monday night favorites, Dancing with the Stars and House (see photo above). The outnumbered male councilors have grumbled about this for months to no avail and now see the possibility of a breakthrough for Monday Night Football because of the intense interest in tonight’s game.
"Yes, we all have Tivo, but nothing beat’s live TV coverage of important events like President’s Obama’s message to school children a few weeks ago," said Councilor James Pokorman. "That was educationally significant. This is culturally significant."
Councilor Rhoda Pownow was less convinced. Echoing the sentiments of Emmaus Baptist Church pastor Will Healy who a few years ago objected to the scheduling of pro football games during the same time as late Sunday morning church services, Pownow wrote in a multiple metaphor email to the Mayor: "This is clearly a case of encroachment and if we don’t draw the line in the sand, the dominos will continue to fall till the cows come home."