Excerpts From Obama and McCain Interviews With Chris Berman For ESPN's Monday Night Football

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November 3rd, 2008

I'm still going to have to watch because ESPNRadio's Jason Smith from "All Night" got it in my head the idea that Berman would give them Boomer-style nicknames like "Barack You Like a Hurricane" Obama and John "Raising" McCain.  There seems to be none of that based on the excerpts, but I'll hold out hope.

If I were to pick my vote based on these excerpts alone, I'd have to settle in the Obama camp.  Why?  Obama cries about the injustice of not having a playoff system to determine college football's national champion.  McCain rails against steroids.  They're both right, and really in both cases high stakes (AKA $$$) are behind the problems.  But I'm sick of hearing about steroids and I think the injustices of the current BCS system are far more easily remedied.

via ESPN press release:

Excerpts From Obama and McCain Interviews With Chris Berman For ESPN's Monday Night Football

On the eve of the presidential election, ESPN's Monday Night Football will present interviews during halftime (approximately 10:15 p.m. ET) with both major party presidential nominees -- Democratic Senator Barack Obama and Republican Senator John McCain. The one-on-one interviews, conducted via satellite with ESPN's Chris Berman, were taped separately earlier today.

Below are select quotes from each interview. The entire interviews and complete transcripts will be available on ESPN.com shortly after halftime of the MNF telecast, which will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Washington Redskins (kickoff at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN HD with the Spanish-language telecast on ESPN Deportes).

On one thing you would change in sports:

Obama: "I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football. I'm fed up with these computer rankings and this and that and the other. Get eight teams - the top eight teams right at the end. You got a playoff. Decide on a National Champion."

McCain: "I'd take significant action to prevent the spread and use of performance-enhancing substances. I think it's a game we're going to be in for a long time. What I mean by that is there is somebody in a laboratory right now trying to develop some type of substance that can't be detected and we've got to stay ahead of it. It's not good for the athletes. It's not good for the sports. It's very bad for those who don't do it and I think it can attack the very integrity of all sports going all the way down to high school."

On what you learned about yourself over the campaign:

Obama: "What I learned about that I think was positive was that I don't get too high when things are going well and I don't get too low when things are going tough. I think that has helped me and the organization stay steady."

On the best piece of advice from the sports world:

McCain: "I have to go all the way back to high school. I had a football coach who was a football star himself...The most important lesson he taught me was you've always got to do the honorable thing, even when nobody's looking because maybe nobody will know, but you'll know."

ESPN's Monday Night Football

ESPN's Monday Night Football is the most-watched series in cable television history. Now in its third season on ESPN, Monday Night Football has registered nine of the top 10 all-time biggest household audiences in cable history, led by this year's Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys telecast (Sept. 15), which attracted cable's largest audience ever (13.0 million homes and 18.6 million viewers).

ESPN Networks to Update Presidential Election Results on BottomLine

On the evening of Tuesday, November 4, the BottomLines on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic and ESPNU will provide sports fans a constantly updated snapshot of the United States Presidential election and other select results, as reported and projected by ABC News.  The election content on the BottomLine will reside in a special ELECTION category and will consist of the following:

1. ABC News' projection of the current total of Electoral College votes for John McCain and Barack Obama.

2. News Alerts (i.e. interruptions of a normal rotation) highlighting when ABC News calls a state or series of states for one of the candidates.

3. Reporting a projected winner.

4. Reporting on sports-related elections and propositions.

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