In perhaps the biggest challenge yet to her U.S. Senate campaign, Elizabeth Warren may soon face the momentous decision of whether to root for the team representing her adopted hometown, the Boston Celtics, or the team from her state of origin, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Celtics, as you are no doubt aware, were expected by many, including some local sports pundits, to fold quickly and quietly in the face of the mighty Miami Heat. Instead, after going down 2-0 including a heartbreaking overtime loss in Miami, they have tied the series at 2-2 with two gritty wins at home, and go back to Miami with momentum on their side and the pressure squarely on the Heat, who have a history of collapsing when the going gets tough. Beating the Heat would be an epic triumph of guts over glitz, and would put the Celtics in a strong position to win it all and make history in the process.
The Thunder were also expected by many to succumb to the San Antonio Spurs, who came into the series riding a remarkable 20-game winning streak. However, after going up 2-0 in the series, the Spurs have lost three straight, and the Thunder are now poised to win the series if they can take game 6 at home on Wednesday night.
Both the Celtics and the Thunder are appealing, come-from-behind, underdog teams. So the big question for Warren, really, is where do her loyalties lie: with her family in Oklahoma, or with her would-be constituents in Massachusetts.
This could be the big one, folks.