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Politics Invades Skins MNF Broadcast


Today's D.C. sports election-related news.

* As everyone has noted, halftime of the Skins-Steelers game will be taken up with Chris Berman interviewing both Barack "Paper Scissors" Obama and John "Sugar" McCain.

Thankfully, all those undecided voters watching a football game the night before the election will finally be spurred to make up their minds based on an ESPN interview that they'll watch between wiping Cheeto dust off their sweatshirts. Wonder if Berman will point out that ESPN honcho George Bodenheimer has donated to McCain, or that ESPN goofball Kenny Mayne has maxed out for Obama. Other ESPN Obama contributors: Peter Gammons, Stephen A. Smith, George Smith, Glen Waggoner, Kelli Naqi, Jordan Brenner, Scoop Jackson, Jon Pessah, John Saunders, Bill Walton.

* As FanHouse notes, this is the second time the election has messed with a prime-time Skins game this season.

* Two soccer guys with local ties, Freddy Adu and Maurice Edu, both endorse Obama:

Adu was careful to explain to the French press his motives behind backing the Democrat nominee. "I want to vote for him and the ideas he is proposing, not simply because he is black," Adu said before cracking a wide smile and adding, "At the same time, that makes an important difference."

* Alex Ovechkin offers his take on the upcoming election. "I have no idea."

* And the foreign press picks up on Etan Thomas's political story.

Austria's Die Presse: Sein jugendlicher Nachfolger, Adrian Fenty, ballt die Fäuste, und Etan Thomas, der zwei Meter große Basketballstar der „Washington Wizards" und Poet mit schwarzer Strickmütze, hält eine politische Predigt, die ihn für höhere Aufgaben qualifiziert: „Es ist Zeit für eine neue Vision für Amerika." Der volle Saal bebt vor Applaus.

Spain's Marca.com: Etan Thomas, el pívot de los Wizards y 'rojo ofical' de la NBA (poeta y activista contra la pena de muerte, se ha significado siempre contra la guerra de Irak) y Adonal Foyle, de los Orlando Magic (otro reconocido demócrata), han dado, como era previsible, su apoyo al candidato de Illinois, pero otros no habituales en estas lides se han implicado.

Germany's Spiegel Online: Etan Thomas ist der Center der Washington Wizards, er schreibt gerne Gedichte und gilt deshalb als der Intellektuelle in der Gemeinde der Basketballspieler. In diesen Tagen trägt er ein schwarzes T-Shirt, auf dem ein Bild Barack Obamas prangt, darunter steht in goldenen Buchstaben: "Yes, we can." Er meint es ernst, er meint nicht den kometenhaften Aufstieg der Wizards in der neuen NBA-Saison, die am Dienstagabend begann, er hofft einfach darauf, dass Obama ein paar Tage später zum ersten schwarzen Präsidenten in der Geschichte Amerikas gewählt wird.

Um. What?

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2008; 1:57 PM ET
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itch bein ien berliner

Posted by: jonthefisherman | October 30, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

chupa mi pinga

Posted by: jonthefisherman | October 30, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

No additional input from those politically screwy Redskins?

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | October 30, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"Thankfully, all those undecided voters watching a football game the night before the election will finally be spurred to make up their minds based on an ESPN interview that they'll watch between wiping Cheeto dust off their sweatshirts."

perfection

Posted by: Brian_P_McConnell | October 30, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

the candidates aren't actually going to be at the stadium are they...?

will snyder get mad that they don't want to talk about voting the redskins ticket???

Posted by: carsonspence | October 30, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

the candidates aren't actually going to be at the stadium are they...?

will snyder get mad that they don't want to talk about voting the redskins ticket???

Posted by: carsonspence | October 30, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

the candidates aren't actually going to be at the stadium are they...?

will snyder get mad that they don't want to talk about voting the redskins ticket???

Posted by: carsonspence | October 30, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama's a Steelers fan? That swings my vote to McCain!

Posted by: SoFlowin | October 30, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

not to rain on any snark but it's actually quite serendipitous to have this game.

game between DC and Pittsburgh with virginia and pennsylvania as the two most important states in the election. furthermore it involves W.Va's two favorite teams and the steelers bleed into ohio while the skins bleed into north carolina.

mccain needs to cut down on obama's overwhelming lead in NoVa and build up those exurban counties. obama needs to rack up the numbers in pittsburgh and get over the potential race issue while mccain needs to appeal to the steel mill town archetypes.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | October 30, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

not to rain on any snark but it's actually quite serendipitous to have this game.

game between DC and Pittsburgh with virginia and pennsylvania as the two most important states in the election. furthermore it involves W.Va's two favorite teams and the steelers bleed into ohio while the skins bleed into north carolina.

mccain needs to cut down on obama's overwhelming lead in NoVa and build up those exurban counties. obama needs to rack up the numbers in pittsburgh and get over the potential race issue while mccain needs to appeal to the steel mill town archetypes.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | October 30, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

@SoFlowin: He's actually a Bears fan. Someone just gave him a Steelers jersey while he was in PA recently. Same as how every championship-winning team that visits the white house gives a jersey to the president.

Posted by: MaxWass | October 30, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama got his Steelers' jersey from one of the Rooneys at a rally last week.

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 30, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

See? Sen. Obama's obviously a communist. He openly embraces the organization that deployed the 'Steel Curtain'.

Posted by: kolbkl | October 31, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

When I first heard this, I was horrified to think that ESPN would parade them into the booth, one after another, a la last season's failed experiment. The thought of Kornheiser breathlessly fawning over Obama would have been too much to bear on a Monday night, election eve or not.

Good heavens, Boomer interviewing the candidates. If he doesn't come up with a stupid nickname for each, I'll lose all respect for him. Hopefully McCain can control himself and not just openly sneer at Berman.

Posted by: rooster75 | October 31, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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