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For Both Candidates, Life Lessons From High School Sports

By Scott Butterworth
In prime-time appearances tonight on "Monday Night Football," Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama both spoke to the lasting influence of a high school coach and how lessons absorbed on the practice field continue to inform them as men.

Obama spoke of a high school basketball coach of his, "cut from the Bobby Knight cloth," who put up with Obama's rebellious attitude until finally having his fill. "At some point, he said to me, 'This is not about you. It's about the team,' " Obama told interviewer Chris Berman. "And it took me a while, I think, to really understand that. But that's how I've approached the work that I've done in politics ever since."

McCain recalled his junior varsity football coach, Bill Ravenel, who "taught me lessons about life. He took a very, very immature young man and gave me a glimpse of life and love and literature." McCain also said that Ravenel taught him, "You've always got to do the honorable thing, even when nobody's looking, because maybe nobody will know, but you'll know."

Berman also asked the two men, who were interviewed separately, what one thing they would change in sports.

McCain pointed to preventing "the spread and use of performance-enhancing substances," a battle that he said "we're going to be in for a long time."

Obama called for "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."

By Post Editor  |  November 3, 2008; 10:39 PM ET
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Huckabee voted for Obama?

Report of some states that are already decided because of early voting.

Posted by: pastor123 | November 4, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

The outcome of the Washington/Pittsburgh game is an omen. When Washington loses its final home game prior to the election, Democrats win the Presidency. When they win, Republicans win. Pittsburgh won last night, so that is a good omen for Obama.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 4, 2008 3:30 AM | Report abuse

Democrats and our Obamacan friends courting all Republican and Independent voters.

Obama/Biden Basketball Team in Action.

Obama/Biden Football Team

Change we need
Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: cooday | November 4, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

Senior Bush Aide to Ron Suskind
New York Times Magazine 17 OCT 04

So long player. Say goodbye to the Empire.
God Bless the Republic!

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 3, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama, from his memoir, "Dreams From My Father": "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully ..... The Marxist professors (who teach the ideals of Karl Marx, writer of the Communist Manifesto) and structural feminists."

Posted by: American_Citizen | November 3, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 11/3/08

Ridge: Steelers and McCain will win
From a rally right outside of Pittsburgh this afternoon, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said that the pundits will wake up two days in row having been wrong, because both the Pittsburgh Steelers and John McCain will win. Experts in sports and politics have both counted the Steelers out of winning the Monday Night Football game this evening against the Washington Redskins and (have) McCain losing...


Update 23-6 Steelers with 8 minute to go in the 4th quarter!
Ridge is Right- Go McCain!

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

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