Elect this man to something STAT. (David Zalubowski / AP) Elect this man to something Stat. (David Zalubowski / AP)

It isn’t often that sports can solve real-world problems, but these are unusual times. Enter San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, whose sensible, measured words prove that maybe, just maybe, what Congress could use as the shutdown continues and the default clock keeps running, is a good coach.

Could it hurt?

Popovich had the shutdown on his mind this week as the opening of the NBA season nears and it’s clear that if he were coaching the shutdown’s players, he’d have them running sprints.

“It’s children fighting over their toys, so to speak. It’s got nothing to do with the public or what’s good for the country,” he said on media day. “It’s about winning and losing, and that doesn’t do any of us much good. Hopefully they’re going to get to some sort of agreement in the next couple of days that might be good for the American people.

“It’s funny how each of them talks about what the American people want. The leaders from one side, they talk and say, ‘The American People want…’ How the hell do these people know what they want? They live in a fishbowl. And then the other side says the same thing. It’s kind of comical, if it wasn’t so, you know, dramatically devastating for so many people.

“That’s enough to get me in trouble.”

H/T CBS Sports’ Eye on Basketball

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