[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/15/art.wolf2006.cnn.jpg caption="How is politics like the playoffs?"]NEW YORK (CNN) - As some of you probably know, I am a huge basketball fan. I have season tickets for the Washington Wizards and try to go to as many games as possible - though I have missed a lot of them this season because of election year coverage. Right now, I am in New York getting ready to anchor our coverage from the CNN Election Center at the Time Warner Center.
This morning, by chance, I ran into some of the Wizards coaches who happen to be staying at my hotel. They are getting ready for tonight’s game against the hapless New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Wizards, even playing without their star, Gilbert Arenas, managed to beat the best team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics, twice in the last three days - at home Saturday night and last night on the road in Boston. That was very impressive. But there’s still a long way to go until the playoffs and the championship games.
As I was talking with Eddie Jordan, the Wizards coach, and his associates, they raised the issue of politics - I, of course, wanted to talk about basketball, but they wanted to pick my brain about the primaries. “Give me the real inside story,” one of them said. “Who’s going to win?”
I candidly told them the truth: I have no inside story. I really don’t know. This is a wide-open race on the Republican and Democratic side. And even once the Republican and Democratic nominees are selected, there could still be a third-party candidate waiting out there.
And with that, all of us agreed that politics and sports are similar. There are winners and losers. There are close games and close races but only one winner. There are early contests - caucuses and primaries in politics and playoff games in sports – leading up to a presidential election in November or a NBA championship game or Super Bowl. We all agreed it’s better to win than to lose. I love politics and I love sports.
–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer