• Jeffrey Beall
  • The Bears—and both candidates—will be looking for a Charles “Peanut” Tillman moment tonight

What a busy night for TV contests! The Cardinals play the Giants in San Francisco for the National League pennant, and the Bears hope to improve to 5-1 by taming the Detroit Lions in Soldier Field. Meantime, in Boca Raton, Florida, another bruising battle is expected between President Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney.

Most Chicago TV viewers will be shuttling between the football game and the debate. The Bears game has a big viewership advantage because of its earlier start—kickoff is 7:30, whereas the debate begins at 8. This means Chicagoans will learn a lot more about Syria if Jay Cutler has a bad night.

The focus of the debate is foreign policy, and critical questions will be answered, such as which candidate will be the first to declare that U.S. soldiers are the bravest, strongest, and best looking in the world.