It’s a great today to be a sports fan in Washington.
Not only do the Washington Nationals have the best record in baseball, the city also is still buzzing about the stellar weekend debut of Robert Griffin III as quarterback of the Washington Redskins, and the Washington Kastles featuring Venus Williams look set to repeat as champions of World Team Tennis.
Today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will no doubt discuss RG3 as well as the new football season, player health and future of the game at a luncheon sponsored by Politico at Washington’s W Hotel. Meanwhile, golf legend Arnold Palmer will pick up another award, the Congressional Gold Medal, in a ceremony at the Capitol. Later, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts will lead fellow members of Congress and their staff against military veterans in a charity hockey game at the Washington Capitals training facility in Arlington, Va.
In the sport of politics, Rep. Paul Ryan looks to be covering home. He begins running ads today for re-election to his Wisconsin House seat, even as he makes a campaign stop in the state in his bid for the vice presidency. Ryan’s Democratic opponent in the 1st District is Rob Zerban, a former county official. Vice President Joe Biden also ran for re-election to the Senate in 2008 as he campaigned with President Barack Obama for the White House.
Also today, farmers’ groups will rally on the National Mall to urge passage of the farm bill, the Census Bureau will issue a report on poverty and health insurance coverage in the U.S., Boeing Co. CEO Jim McNerney will discuss the corporate role in formulating U.S. foreign policy and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver remarks on the four-year anniversary of the collapse of financial industry at the Economic Club of Washington.