Politics are a lot like sports: There are divisive teams with ardent supporters on each side, fiercely fought matches with results that can alter an entire season, and everyone involved gets at least a little dirty.
"Washington politics has often been described as sports for people who weren't all that good at sports," wrote CNN'S Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza. "If that's true, then Thursday's congressional testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey is this town's Super Bowl."
So when Trump opted not to use his executive powers to block Comey from testimony (doing so would have been so suspicious as to be political suicide) and Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) told reporters that Comey would remain unconstrained by senators when it came to what he could say, the major news agencies have thrown regular programming to the winds in order to broadcast what is shaping up to be a huge moment in American political history.
Restaurants and bars in New York City, Washington, San Francisco, Houston, and other cities across the country are opening early Thursday with food and drink specials reminiscent of Super Bowl Sunday. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. Eastern time, and patrons can start boozing as early as 6 a.m. in San Francisco.
Washington drinking spot Shaw's Tavern is hosting an event called "The Comey Hearing Covfefe" in allusion to Trump's strange tweet (that has proved to be the most entertaining thing he's done as president). Duffy's Irish Pub in D.C. will feature a "Covfefe Cocktail" in honor of the times we live in.
Comey's congressional testimony has the potential to be one of the most intense moments in Washington, D.C. since Trump's inauguration, not only because of the dubious history between him and the president, but because whatever happens next will be compounded by whatever Comey says on Thursday.
Like the Super Bowl, there is a lot at stake, but unlike the Super Bowl, it's the United States that is on the line.