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Poll: McCain, Obama and Football

Okay, I put a similar poll up last week for the VP debate and it drew considerable interest (so did the debate). So I’ll do it again with tonight’s debate (until I am told to take it down). So enjoy it while you can! Here’s the question: Tonight’s debate between John McCain and Barack Obama most resembles what college football matchup this Saturday? Take the question any way you want. You have the experienced maverick against a newcomer popular with the younger crowd. You have one pulling ahead in the polls, although the other is kind of on his home turf tonight in a town hall meeting.

I’m going with Notre Dame at North Carolina. Established tradition against an emerging force. Plus, both Indiana and North Carolina have become new battleground states in the last week or so. Not sure if you can see Russia from South Bend, but if Butch Davis makes a William Ayers reference this week, then this is the right pick. Enjoy the poll before the debate. Comments of all sorts are encouraged!

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 7, 2008; 12:37 PM ET
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Can we keep this blog to MD sports and not politics please? Too many damn polls.

Posted by: Ricky | October 7, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards open pre-season play tonight against Dallas. That's WAY more interesting to me than some BS-fest about politics...

Posted by: Sam | October 7, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

How about this poll, which sandwhich meat do each of the candidates most remind you of? I'm going with head cheese and bologne

Posted by: huh | October 7, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, take it easy on the political philosophizin'. That hard-hitting analysis was way too deep for me. I got a headache now.

Posted by: ludovician | October 7, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

What a shame. The WP is placing football bets on what is perhaps one of the most important Presidental elections in decades. Yesterday, a man killed himself and his family because of the financial loss we are in. WAKE UP!

Posted by: PleaseChange | October 7, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Vanderbilt vs Mississippi St
Intelligent newcomers vs Backwoods nobodies

Posted by: Anonymous | October 7, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I, like Palin, am unprepared to properly answer this question in an intelligent matter. Maybe a team of people can sit me down for a few weeks and teach me the differences and pro & cons for each of the teams you've listed. I'll just have to get back to ya on that one! (Wink - wink).

Posted by: Michael | October 7, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Head cheese and bologne? It's hard to see the 'meat' with all the 'mudpies' being thrown...

Go Buckeyes!

Posted by: BrianK | October 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

This is the second headline on Google News right now. Good job, Eric Prisbell!

Posted by: Stu | October 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

My vote goes to the post offered by "huh" 7 Oct. No better discription.
America better wake up----- both financially and pollitically.
The Government is giving away our country in the way of money and uninformed people of America are about to give away our country to an unknown. 143 days at the job and he's ready to be the leader of this country////NOT!!!

Posted by: wineo | October 7, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm going with Nebraska v TT.

A once proud program who can't get it done lately vs. an exciting up-and-comer with a high flying attack.

Vegas has TT 20 point favorites, that might be a little much, but anything could happen.

Posted by: asdf | October 7, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

this is a really silly poll

how about

Army vs. Baldwin Wallace Cheerleaders

Posted by: anohiostatebuckeyefan | October 7, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain is done!!

Posted by: Chicole98 | October 7, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

what a crazy poll haha. ASU is gonna get smoked!

Posted by: lol | October 7, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"All of them!"

Posted by: Sarah Palin | October 7, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Penn. State vs. Wisconsin... Ivy League against Bush League

Posted by: uvm 74 | October 7, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

How about Grambling vS. Bob Jones University.

Grambling is way better and has more to offer than just a narrow world view

Posted by: Mike Young | October 7, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Texas V OU - It boils down to "Old School" mud slinging, back stabbing, politics as usual. Democrats versus Republicans - Tax and Spend vs Free Market Philosophies - Though both these guys are rather Liberal in their Fiscal concepts - I look forward to the time when a "Bull Moose Party" might shake up politics as usual - But with the "New Democrat" we have available to run this country, we will all employ the "New Phrase" - "Da Comrade"... Stay Tuned...

Posted by: DONNIE | October 7, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

This is inane and foolish! Eric, I am sure you can do better than this bottom-scrapin production. That assurance is based on probability, not prior knowledge.

Posted by: perpetuate it. | October 7, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: VICKI | October 7, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Penn State, though it may offer education on par with the Ivy's is no Ivy League school. Maybe uvm74 is confusing Penn State with UPenn?

Posted by: PSU grad | October 7, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Sarah_Failin | October 7, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

So, My perception to American politics turn out to be wrong. Facade of educated voter is coming off looks like. My biggest discovery about American elections is POLITICIANS ARE SAME EVERY WHERE, BE IT INDUSTRIALIZED NATION OR THIRD WORLD DEMOCRATIC NATION. dirty tricks, lies, false promises.... anything goes.

Posted by: Howabt dingdong | October 7, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I pick the Notre Dame Vs. North Carolina because it's the favorite against the underdog. But for some strange reason, the underdog can still win (McCain). This game should be a route but with the way Notre Dame has been playing the past few years, anyone can beat them. But if the game goes accordingly, then Notre Dame should bury these guys, as should Obama bury McCain.

Go Obama 08 (We love you, man...)ALH

Posted by: Aaronlee | October 7, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Irish vs NC because it's the most meaningless.

Posted by: lp | October 7, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

heh.. People are still calling me a Maverick and believing it. This is great.

Posted by: John McCain | October 7, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain 08!

Posted by: Osama | October 7, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I chose UT vs. OU for one obvious reason to this redneck: two supposed heavyweights duking it out fighting for self-importance when in actuality won't really make much difference in the national landscape. I don't see UT or OU playing for the national championship in January, and I don't see either president making that big a difference in the problems we have in this country.

Posted by: Murm | October 7, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Bush/Rove 08!

Posted by: John McCain | October 7, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I am going with Penn State vs Wisconsin.
The old fart is going to beat up on the overrated liberals from the midwest.

Posted by: Joe Pa | October 7, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Nebraska v. Texas Tech

A team that was last relevant in the 90s against a flashy team that is relevant in this millennium.

Posted by: Tom Osbourne | October 7, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Even though they are not playing I would have to go with Harvard vs. US Naval Academy.

Any other time I would pick Navy for this match up, but since John McCain finished 894th out of a class of 899 midshipmen, crashed five U.S. war planes, became a trader to his men and his country when he allowed himself to be used for propaganda and spoke out against the United States of America while a prisoner of war, dumped his crippled wife for a millionaire 's daughter half his age, and then protected Charles Keating while he stole from Savings and Loans costing US tax payers billions to bailout, while Barack Obama finished near the top of his class at both Columbia and Harvard and turned down high paying jobs to work with the poor. I guess the choice is clearly Barack Obama. Go Harvard!!!

Posted by: RW | October 7, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I say politics, shmolitics, I'd rather play free fantasy basketball @

Posted by: PhillyMcNuggets | October 7, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I picked OU vs Texas because 1) OU is ahead of Texas by about the same margin in the polls as Obama leads McCain. 2) The debate will be in redder than red TN, McCain's turf much like OU will meet the Longhorns on their turf. 3) Don't look for an upset in the debate or the game, both Obama and OU are #1 for good, lol ;-P

Posted by: ohhhthepossibilities | October 7, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. What's the correlation? I see most people who voted agree with me, since there's a pretty even distribution across all the poll choices.

Posted by: G | October 7, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

this is the dumbest thing i have read all day.

Posted by: MA | October 7, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: sadf | October 7, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Penn State v. Wisconsin - The really, really old guy coach v. the 38 year old coach.

Posted by: No one of consequence | October 7, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama 08!

Posted by: Sawa. | October 7, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I would go with the team that has black people in it vs. the team that has white people in it. There must be a Saturday match-up like that somewhere.

Posted by: bpastore | October 7, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Sarah Palin above.

Posted by: wildoaklane | October 7, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Me dun caya!

Posted by: Fanny Mac | October 7, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Nebraska vs. Texas Tech. A fading, old power versus a fast, new version of the future. You figure out who is who.

Posted by: TerpHog | October 7, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I pick ASU vs. USC, because just like the debate, who cares?????

Posted by: tiredofitall | October 7, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, let's PLEASE waste more column space over the ephemera... football analogies.. which dog breed does each candidate most resemble... boxers or briefs... Ugh! How can this be tolerated especially when so many real issues are at stake in this historically important election?! I don't blame the (hopefully 17 year old) writer... it's the editor that allows it in... come on. Do your job!!

Posted by: AnotherMark | October 7, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else out there think of the Crimson Tide when they hear (or at least read) the name Obama?

Posted by: Asher | October 7, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news?

Posted by: Curtis | October 7, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The man with a conscious, Obama, fights with a non-contender.

Posted by: Georgette Chalker | October 7, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey RW...fat, dumb and stupid is no way to go through life son.

Posted by: gfrales | October 7, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

OMG - this article isn't for real is it? The world is in financial melt down, people are losing jobs, our current government doesn't care about the middle class, we're in the middle of the most important election of our lives - and this is what the WP dishes out? No wonder no one has any confidence in the media anymore. I expect better from the WP. So much for expectations.

Posted by: Slick | October 7, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

John McCain seems to be changing before my very eyeballs. I used to like him. Now he's the picture of "desparation."

Posted by: LpG | October 7, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I just hope no more real issues come up that may cause Obama to pause and think, maybe we do need to fix these real world issues rather than having another debate. Wake up folks, economic crisis' should get the politicans attention, not made for TV debates. The fact that McCain suspended his campaign to work towards a solution is all the reason I need to vote for him as a leader.

Posted by: Tired_of_whiny_democrats | October 7, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so much into college football, though I liked the idea behind the poll !!

Posted by: Smart Poll | October 7, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin will take McCain over the top she should be the top of the ticket.
Obama is an emty suit with nothing to give the U.S. but an internal war.

Posted by: Frog | October 7, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | October 7, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Larry E Agee | October 7, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Alabama vs. Mississippi (Ol' Miss). Sure, it's next weekend, but represents two powerful teams, both from backwoods states, and each state says "Thank God" for the other when rankings show one is 49th out of 50 in _________ [fill in the blank.] (i.e. education, lowest wage, unemployment, literacy rate, etc.)

Only when Tina Fey and Sarah Palin meet face to face (Thursday night?) will we truly know the vox populi.

Posted by: tidefanatic | October 7, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I went with Vanderbilt vs Mississippi State - the elite versus the country guys. Give me the country guys every time!

Go, McCain/Palin

Posted by: annnort | October 7, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Polls say I have 43% of the votes.... wow! I can fool 43% of people... John McCain

Posted by: John McCain | October 7, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Manchester United Vs Arsenal

You yanks may call this 'Soccer' though

Posted by: Joey (UK) | October 7, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Penn State's coach, Joe Paterno, is 81 and Madison, Wisconsin is a very liberal college town.

BTW... For the earlier poster Penn (University of Pennsylvania) is in the Ivy League, Not Penn State.

This reminds me of the kind of questions on an SAT test or college entrance exam.

Posted by: DogCow | October 7, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Typical media tactic "Osama Biden Laudin'"

Posted by: Fredo | October 7, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This debate most resembles Michigan vs. Ohio State.

Old White guy vs. Young Black Guy. It is the oldest and most recognized rivalry in the country.

Posted by: Gunny | October 7, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, trivia is king in this circle. Wake up leather heads and pay attention. Your country, your freedom, your health and wealth are being whittled away but you don't see it. If you paid more attention and understood how the system works, you'd be better off. This is a complete waste of time and your life.

Posted by: Jay | October 7, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

How utterly idiotic. This is something I'd expect to see in a school paper not the Washington Post. It should have never made it past the editor.

Posted by: KvN | October 7, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Crab Shoot Obama State vs. Same Old Same Old University. Its a lose lose game!!

Posted by: In The Ring | October 7, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse


You can't honestly believe that John McCain "suspended his campaign" to find a solution for a problem that his preaching of no regulation created. John McCain did not suspend his campaign he just pulled a stunt because he was getting his butt kicked in the polls.

He really rushed off to Washington didn't he. McCain blew off Letterman for a larger evening news audience, that's all he did. Then did he immediately leave New York as he pretended he was going to do, NO he stayed another night in New York. I guess the CRISIS could wait another day, right!

One would think suspending your campaign would include stopping the airing of campaign ads, especially negative campaign ads. McCain didn't pull any campaign ads, but he was hoping to trick Obama into pulling his ads, but it didn't work. Obama called his bluff and said meet me in Mississippi. Then he kicked MCain's butt in the debate so bad that even the usual cast of lying Republican's had to admit that McCain is over the hill and out of touch.

Well, I guess Republican's still have that crazy chick Palin in 2012 if she isn't still in jail from her crimes in Alaska. Republican's love liars so she should fit in just fine never mind that she is completely clueless about any issues at any level including those in her own state. Maybe she can wink her way through the primaries and then get her butt kick again.

Posted by: RW | October 7, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

well, they may not be "mavericky" but i'd put McCain with the Cubs... people gotta remember, even though he's tried many times he actually has lost each of his previous bids for president - AND his major legislation has also FAILED to pass (comprehensive immigration reform, anyone?).

so McCain = Cubs to me.

Posted by: Dave | October 7, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not much of a football fan and I need to know the two worst teams before I can choose. If we had Bush for 8 years I'm sure the looser who wins will be with us 8 years, too.

Posted by: Mark A. Chartrand | October 7, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

This one is easy. University of Central Florida v Miami U. UCF, the up and coming new school with the coach everybody loves, vs. Miami, the established school that has been on a downward spiral for the last three years.

Posted by: Andrew | October 7, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

To RW--

Its a little Fd up how people get sooo polarized that they can't see the weaknesses in their own candidate. McCain is far from perfect and most Republicans can a least admit this. There is no question that these are trying times for all of us. But to say that Obama can jump in and solve these nations problems without any real level of experience is pretty frightening. You democrats keep drawing lines in the sand. Be careful how deep you draw that line. This divisiveness resembles 1861 when the south secedes. Listen to others and get off your soap box. 2 ears 1 mouth.

Posted by: In The Ring | October 7, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

reality show

Vandy vs Miss State

Intelligent vs not-as-smart-as-they-wish-we-think-they-are

Posted by: bruce | October 7, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"You have one pulling ahead in the polls"

According to zogby's new polling data that "one" you were reffering is back within 3%. DEAD HEAT!

Posted by: jumpingjoshua | October 7, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree this is a silly poll... and you dissed Sarah Palin for her neighborly remark about Russia?

Truth is when a person can see something it does have a different context. Being able to see (in the line of sight) people, places and things in our world gives them a more definite, distinct connotation than just a vague abstract idea in the mind.

It also positions the proximity of Russia to us in a way that most American's do not realize as being so close.

Is there anyone media ref out there who can show a female candidate (who they REALLY do not know yet) some measure of respect? But because she spoiled Barry’s party everyone wants to tear her from limb, by limb?

I'm making up my own teams based each candidate’s (2) primary Zodiac animal signs.

John gets the Rat~Bird, since he is born in a Fire Rat year and the Bird (aka: Phoenix, Virgo) month. And Barry gets the Ox~Monkey for being born in the Silver Ox year and Monkey (aka: Leo) month.

That means John will try and take the debate apart piece by piece to nibble on it. All the while mercilessly plucking out Barry's eyeballs and hording or stealing all the bright and shinning remarks.

Barry will paw in the dirt in an attempt to charge at John and impale him with his horns or silver tongue. HOPEfully… without being too stodgy or chewing his cud on candy coated words. At the same time Barry’s monkey will take every chance to throw more crap at John without slipping on a banana peel.

The winner of course will actually be Sarah since she is a Dragon~ Tiger, born in a Green Dragon year and Tiger (aka: Aquarius) month.

That my friend trumps them all! Based on the Zodiac she is the most colorful candidate and the most beneficial to all American’s. She has the true power of expression at her disposal and takes initiative.

If it matters Old Joe is a Horse~Pig, born in the year of the Black Horse and the Pig (aka: Boar, Scorpio) month. This is a man who is born the same year as Kenny Lay and Larry Flynt and is terribly afflicted this year.

That’s something for sure, you betcha!

Posted by: China Rose | October 7, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Fl and LSU is the game of the week. The best teams in the country are in the SEC and everyone knows it.

Posted by: TomB | October 7, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I'll try to enter this again.... not too popular...

FL and LSu is the game of the week.

SEC is the best in the country

Posted by: TomB | October 7, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Ok, let's try for 3rd time for this....

LSU at FL.

Game of the week SEC is the best

Posted by: Obama Man | October 7, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin in Pensacola... over 10,000 in the rain.. a HUGE crowd...... FL for McCain

Posted by: TomB | October 7, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

WOW--How insightful, you must have stayed up all night thinking about this one.

Know wonder why this country is on the fast track to the dumper! Is this the best that journalism schools can produce-- Geesh!

Posted by: MustbeAmongMorons | October 7, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Hook 'em Horns!

I can't vote, though. I don't know any college teams with guys as old and washed-up as McCain, so there's no comparison.

Posted by: Just Annie | October 7, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Ok its true that Obama isnt that qualified to be president, but an even sadder fact is that people are even less enthusiastic about McCain, McBush, McRNC, so the GOP should of had a different nominee, then maybe they would of had a chance. A new national poll taken by says that people preffer Huckabee/Palin08
5 to 1 over mccain palin. Matter of fact those polled liked Huckabee/mccain08 over McCain/Palin08 nearly 2 to 1. The problem isnt how bad Obama is, The problem is how bad of a candidate McCain is. See the Poll your self at

So no matter how much the GOP crys, and how desperate they get its their own fault for Pushing such a weak candidate. This will be the first time I ever vote Dem and I think Obama is a much stronger candidate then McCain. Funny though, You will never believe who was voted Debator of the year.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 7, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@ annnort
"I went with Vanderbilt vs Mississippi State - the elite versus the country guys. Give me the country guys every time!"

Really? Let's say you had a very complex and technical problem, and needed to choose between a "country guy" and an "elite" to lead you in the right direction, you'd go with country?

I don't know that anyone's ever described "What's the matter with Kansas" so concisely.

Posted by: asdf | October 7, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Uh, "...take the question any way you want it..."
"...comments of all sorts are encouraged."

Posted by: Wailin | October 7, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"No One" is the best summary of Mr Obama that i've seen. Maryland simply represents "McAnyone" running against very junior senator Obama.

Posted by: trib | October 7, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

the debate is most like Virginia vs. Middle Tennessee State. the chances that either of them deserve to win is somewhere between slim and none.

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 7, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The GOP must think we are dumb.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 7, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain is Senator from AZ, Obama attended Occidental College in Southern Cali. The clear choice here is ASU v. USC.

Posted by: Josh | October 7, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

A needed note on a previous comment:

The financial "crisis" did not MAKE the California gentleman kill himself or his family. There is no excuse for such an act and using it for political gain is wrong.

Now, everyone continue watching your sports programming.

Posted by: Allen | October 7, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

A blog is a blog is a blog. They are silly ephemeral things. They are not intended to substitute for regular consumption of actual reporting.

i still have no idea how to call this one, but I salute the idea for the post.

Posted by: Lindemann | October 7, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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