With wind speeds up to 175 miles per hour, category-five Hurricane Irma will soon envelope most of south Florida and possibly consume Miami, the nation's eighth-largest city. But there's a bright spot in the eye of the storm, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
After warning residents to prepare for catastrophe, the Florida senator abruptly switched topics: "I do have some good news: The New England Patriots are 0-1."
Marco Rubio, just now at an Irma press conference:But I do have some good news: The New England Patriots are 0-1."— Daniel Victor (@bydanielvictor) September 8, 2017
That is something of a miracle. Beloved by New England and hated by the rest of America, the Patriots are expected to make another run at a Super Bowl title. Losing the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, 42-27, isn't a promising start.
The Patriots aren't used to losing on opening day. Until 2014, they had won 11 straight season openers. Appropriately enough, the team that ended that streak was Rubio's favorite team: the Miami Dolphins. So the senator and all of Florida are right to enjoy the loss handed to their AFC East rivals.
After all, catastrophe is imminent for Florida: Jay Cutler is the Dolphin's starting quarterback.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.