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September 9, 2008 9:05 AM

Cassel-Palin '08

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New Patriots' starting quarterback Matt Cassel and hopeful Republican Vice President, Sarah Palin, have more in common than you might think, or so says Dan Shanoff.
*Both were drafted after limited preparatory experiences.

*Both spent the last week of August mocked after minimal vetting.

*Both draw on the power of an enthusiastic, blindly supportive base.

*Both are carrying their teams' fortunes on their shoulders.

And this fall, suddenly to the point of whiplash, they are the two most pivotal figures in their respective sports -- football and politics.


This begs the obvious question: if Cassel = Palin, does John McCain = Tom Brady?

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