John McCain, Barack Obama, and Chris Berman–The Final Countdown

As lead singer Joey Tempest of Europe would say, “It’s the final countdown.”

As the election of 2008 draws to a close at a glacial pace, the candidates spent last night being interviewed during halftime of Monday Night Football. Uber-announcer Chris Berman of ESPN asked them both enjoyable questions that provided equally if not more enjoyable answers.

Obama was asked what he has learned about himself from this campaign.

He stated that he doesn’t get too high or low. He stays steady on the campaign trail.

He was then asked what bothers him in sports, and what he would change in sports as President.

He stated that we need playoffs in College Football. He is fed up with the computer rankings. On this issue I completely agree.

He was then asked about a sports moment in his life that he learned from.

He spoke of how while playing basketball in high school, he learned on the playgrounds. He learned from a Bobby Knight type of coach. The coach told him that it was not about the individual. It’s about the team. He now understands that it is not about him. He stays focused outside himself.

He concluded by saying that he hopes that everybody votes, regardless of who they are voting for. It was a classy statement.

McCain was next, and Berman had the same questions for the most part.

McCain was asked about what he would change in sports.

He said that he would prevent the spread of performance enhancing substances. We have to stay ahead of the people in the labs. It is bad for the athletes and the sport, and it attacks the integrity of the sport.

He was then asked about an important sports moment in his life.

His high school football coach was also his English teacher, who taught him lessons about life and took an immature young man and taught me about literature, and to do the honorable thing when nobody is listening.

He was then asked about what he wanted the American people to know about him, and he responded with humor, parroting phrases made famous from Chris Berman himself.

He wants the people to think that “he…could…go…all…the…way,” and  “That’s…why they play the games.”

McCain got serious and stated that he has always put his country first, and what an incredible experience it is for a guy who once played jv football not very well to be one step from the White House.

There are a million things I could add, but like everybody else, I will be watching the returns. The Chicago Cannonball will be making the foods of past Presidents, and there will be civility at our election dinner party.

So for now, enjoy the links of those that I feel offer the best coverage in the blogosphere.

Rather than me pick them out, I will simply ask the world to send them to me. So throughout the day, links will be added until your heads are spinning like mine.;_laboratory_of_social_failures.thtml

No matter who wins, once the election is over the people can get down to the business at hand, that being following the race towards the NFL Playoffs and the Superbowl.


14 Responses to “John McCain, Barack Obama, and Chris Berman–The Final Countdown”

  1. Pandora says:

    I have read your letters to Barack Obama and John McCain, and also this posting. I do agree with most of what you say—you are very very polite to both candidates, perhaps more than I would be. There isn’t much we can do if Obama wins but put up with a Democrat for four years, because I don’t think he will even try to run for a second term. My prediction is that it will be a very bad time economically in this country, and there may be another terrorist attack, rendering him useless in a time of crisis. The media, who are still in love with this man, will quickly become his first enemy. There is so much out there right now about his connections to Bill Ayers, Louis Farrakhan, Tony Rezko and such ilk, but the public chooses to be blind and deaf concerning him. He has lied outright about his Muslim upbringing. The reason the Muslims support him is because he never did really convert to Christianity or any other religion, otherwise a fatwa would have been issued against him. I don’t mind the Muslim factor, but it’s his lies that really bother me. If he can lie so openly, then we are in for a rough ride on a rocky road. Perhaps under his presidency we won’t be able to criticize him, and our country will turn into the former Soviet Union, where I lived for three years, or any other country where a dictator rules with an iron fist, the people have no rights, the Party is omnipotent. Right now, people worship this man but his empire may tumble to the ground some day.

    As for John McCain, contrary to what the young people of this country believe, age has its assets. John McCain is not a tottering old fool, but a courageous and intelligent man who has really lived a full life. I also believe that he is sincere—at least I hope so—-and honest, a word that doesn’t gel with politics as a whole. When I think of his years as a POW, and the fact that he chose to stay with his fellow prisoners rather than be freed, it indicates a desire to do the right thing, rather than the selfish thing, and that is priceless. I can only hope that this desire to do the right thing flows over into his Presidency, if by God’s will he should win it. And I sincerely hope he does.

    About links . . . . . I really don’t have any links, but am an avid reader of and comment frequently on his site. There you will find all there is to know about what’s really going on in politics in this country,and in the Middle East and all connected to it politically, as this man truly seems to be a prophet at times. Revered or rejected, he is one strong voice that needs to be heard.

    Keep up the good work, Eric, your blog is great, and if Barack Obama wins, I will post my new blog and hope you enjoy it.

  2. Laree says:

    I am Voting Country First. Vote Because You Get To.

  3. Chicagoray40 says:

    Like I said last night Eric, great letters to both candidates although I’m not as charitable to Obama as you are, but that’s what makes this country great, minus of coarse the apoplectic hate filled far left who simply hates anyone or anything not posessing the same views as they.
    God help us all today and get out and vote, millions have died for this right that we are charged with to carry out. Here’s my take on todays election /

  4. Presidential foods?

    What the heck are you guys eating? Hamburgers, hot dogs and jelly beans? lol!

    And man am I with both nominees when it comes to sports! Get those d@mn drugs out of there and make some kind of coherent leagues and playoffs in college football. The rankings system makes it impossible for underrated teams and their players to get on the big stage.


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  6. parrothead says:

    Nice to hear you making sense Jersey. I agree with you completely on the need for a college playoff system.

    I would guess you left Peanuts off the past president menu in honor of former President Carter.

  7. Micky 2 says:

    Yea well, lets not forget that our commander in chief choked on one those freaking peanuts.

  8. LOL! Somehow I don’t see Eric putting out the Jimmy Carter menu…

    Here’s a fun trivia game about presidential foods:

    I’ll tell ya’ this too, I bet college football would get really big again in the northeast if they had a coherent system.


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  10. thepoliticaltipster says:

    I shouldn’t really be saying this (not least because I’m not American) but I still hope McCain wins (and it’s not the money speaking). In any case I hope whomever does emerge victorious manages to continue to provide the leadership that can help to win the GWOT.

    It’s funny to think that eight years ago I wanted Gore to win because I thought Bush would never stand up to Saddam – just proves how little one can see into the future. Hopefully, if things don’t go well tonight Barack Obama will surprise us all in the four years to come.

  11. ConservativeTeenager says:

    Well today is the day. It’s going to be a pretty crazy day / night. Especially if it is anything like ’04. Let’s pray for a decisive vote whichever way it goes. McCain / Palin ’08!






  13. Micky 2 says:

    I did not fight my ass off for the last two years so I could do the kumbaya thing.
    My mind has not changed one bit.
    Nothing has changed other than the fact that Obama will be our president.
    The man is dangerous and yes, there will be plenty of I told you sos.
    The man has no record whatsoever of being a uniter.
    The leftist media, hatred for Bush, and McCains crappy campaign are the only reason he lost.
    The right man lost for all the wrong reasons.
    But thats OK. This is the cycle our system takes and the next four years will only serve as an example to all the things we warned everyone about.
    Obama will be a one term president that the masses will loath by his 2nd year.
    And a republican will be elected in 2012.
    We will have our work cut out for us, we will not get along as some of these delusional idiots believe, and we will not move to Canada.
    One thing you will not see me doing is treating the man as unfairly as the left has treated Bush.
    Those who voted for Obama would serve themselves well to not be too exuberant untill the man actually delivers , seeing as how he has never really delivered anything before I wouldnt get my hopes too high.

    I’ve been prouder when my dog learned to sit.

  14. USpace says:

    I wish this site had come out earlier, I had some Obamabot friends finding out that they had big differences with Obama’s positions:

    Years ago I was knocked off the voting rolls here in NYC when I was a Republican, today I found out I was knocked off as an Un-Affiliated. Next time I should register as a Democrat, I bet I won’t get knocked off then.

    The biggest dangers come from the Left anyway, my votes in NY’s closed primaries would be more important there.

    Telling Moon Bats I’m a Democrat will stop some in their tracks too, maybe making it easier to chip away at the false veneer of so-called ‘progressivism’.

    Let’s hope he does well, at least not too badly, with the least amount of despair possible. God Bless President Obama! God Bless America!
    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe hates
    history either way

    America WILL survive
    we MUST still fight for freedom

    creating MORE jobs
    will spread NEW wealth around
    – it is NOT finite

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    give up the search for truth

    stop trying to show people
    how the world really works

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    Bush was worse than Hitler

    and Stalin and Mao
    and Castro combined

    All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. If there is no freedom of speech there can be no real freedom.
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