If there is one thing better than watching a bunch of politicians argue with each other, it’s watching two politicians beat each other up.

So, you can imagine my excitement when we got this press release last week. In fact, even while I was sitting on the beach reeling from a stingray injury (see below), all I could think about was the Councilman Ben Hueso vs. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez “Barrio Brawl.”

Before the match, I got the chance to ask San Diego Padres owner John Moores who he thought would win.

He was reluctant to say at first, telling me only that “these two guys would hurt themselves if they go past one round,” and that it “will probably end in a TKO from a low blow.”

After a bit of pushing though, he said that Nunez was probably in better fighting shape than the councilman but that it would be a good fight nonetheless.

But to tell you the truth, the brawl wasn’t all that exciting. When I think boxing, I think of Mike Tyson biting off some guy’s ear, and I was hoping – no, praying – that either Hueso or Nunez would connect for one of those pictures where sweat is flying off the other guy’s face and his mouth guard is falling out.

All I got was two, 30-second, happy-go-lucky rounds with a stiff body shot here and there. They probably would have been better off thumb wrestling, and, in fact, I think co-executive editor Andy Donohue punches me harder for dozing off at my computer.

In the end, the ring master called the match a tie. I don’t know who won. Hueso got in some good blows, but Nunez was definitely faster.

I guess then I will just be cliché’d and say that the real winners today were the children of Barrio Logan, who, thanks to the generosity of one Major League Baseball team owner, have an upgraded community center to brighten up their lives.

Heartwarming, isn’t it.


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