We are headed into the second pre-season game of the 2020 Democratic Primary– the CNN Detroit debate. In the first pre-season competition, we learned some important things about the Democratic field. They were:
(1) Joe Biden is not in game shape at all.
(2) Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have been hitting the weight room hard and have the vision and arm strength to strike fast.
(3) YouTube Star Beto O’Rourke’s ground game at Texas legitimately smoked but he is struggling to adapt to the speed and physicality of the pro-game after an absolute butt fumble of a performance in Miami.
(4) Bernie Sanders’ is still extremely dangerous when he rolls Left out of the pocket and he is never afraid of taking a hit. That said, he might be too old to finish this season.
(5) Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand can talk all they want but no one is listening.
(6) Some guy named Eric Swalwell was running for President but he quit. And–
(7) Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) finally got called-up to the pros and will be taking his first snaps under center this week.
I have a big boner for seeing how these candidates adjust their gameplans for Week 2. Will Joe Biden script a few plays early to run the ball right at Sen. Kamala Harris’s defense? We know he likes to establish dominance early by running the ball up the middle.
Will Kamala hang back and try to run out the clock, now that she has a huge target on her back as first-among-equals with Bernie and Biden?
Can YouTube star Beto O’Rourke pick himself up off the field after getting absolutely creamed by Julian Castro in Miami?
I personally am the most excited to see Elizabeth Warren matched-up with Bernie Sanders. Warren let her enemies bloody each others’ noses in Week 1, but with Bernie lining up opposite, you know she will need to play a more aggressive style. Does that mean she will run a Kamala Harris-style West Coast offense that is focused on throwing deep balls on divisive cultural issues and identity politics, which Bernie abhors? Or does it mean she will continue to manage the game as a pocket passer, finding surgical gaps between her opponents’ talking points and exploiting them to her advantage?
I really don’t know, I just think it’ll be rad and am going to fire up a few Coronas to get ready.
Now that real question — where is the alpha? The good news is that Bovada has some lines open on Tuesday and Wednesday’s debate. Turn the page and you’ll see where we think the plays are.