McCain And Obama To Interviewed On Monday Night Football

Thursday, October 30, 2008


After all of their appearances on the network over the past few months, you just knew that ESPN was going to have the two candidates on right before the election. That last time will be on Monday Night Football and of course the game on election eve is in DC. Not only that, but you'll never guess who they've tabbed to interview them. That's right! Christopher J. Berman....

On the eve of the presidential election, ESPN’s Monday Night Football game November 3 will originate from the nation’s capital when the Pittsburgh Steelers meet the Washington Redskins. Before the polls open the next day, ESPN’s audience will hear from the candidates when Chris Berman interviews both major party presidential nominees, Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Barack Obama, during halftime of the MNF game.

The candidates will be on the campaign trail and have agreed to participate one-on-one, pending last-minute schedule changes, via satellite with Berman from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn. The conversations will be taped earlier in the day and will air at approximately 10:15 p.m. ET. The Steelers-Redskins game will kickoff at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN HD with the Spanish-language telecast on ESPN Deportes.
I guess in the end these are the only interviews that actually make perfect sense for everyone involved. Especially when you consider the magnitude of the game itself. Not only is the Skins-Steelers game an important one for both teams, but it will also be important for the candidates. You see the last Redskins home game before the election is a predictor of which party will make it into office on Election Tuesday. When the Redskins win, the party who last won the popular vote wins the presidency, and when the Redskins lose, the other party gets the nod. In fact this theory has hold true a perfect 100% (17 of 17) since people first came across it.

That means if the Skins win, it's John McCain. And if the Steelers win, it's Obama. Choose who you root for wisely!

30 Comments:

That's not a real picture.

Is that a real picture?

It can't be real.

Anonymous said...
Oct 30, 2008, 10:47:00 AM  

Pretty sure it was real. It was everywhere after the last debate.

Oct 30, 2008, 10:48:00 AM  

Chris Berman?


Surely Bob Ley was available for this?

ssreporters said...
Oct 30, 2008, 10:51:00 AM  

What if the game ends in a tie? Does Ralph Nader get in?

ssreporters said...
Oct 30, 2008, 10:53:00 AM  

It's true for every election except 2004, when the Redskins lost but Bush was re-elected.

Anonymous said...
Oct 30, 2008, 11:04:00 AM  

You are wrong, Mr. AA. In 2004, the Skins lost (to the Packers, I think) yet President Bush was re-elected.

How can we trust you to run this blog when you can't even be trusted to tell us the truth? Now more than ever, we need bloggers with the track record of integrity to share their ill-informed opinions with the world.

No way, no how, no Awful Announcing.

Maynard said...
Oct 30, 2008, 11:04:00 AM  

Here here Maynard!

Time to start Awful Announcing Commenters for Truth!

AppFan said...
Oct 30, 2008, 11:18:00 AM  

I think that when an NL team wins the series, the dems win the white house, too. So if the Skins win (which they will), one of those theories is deemed ridiculous.

GMoney said...
Oct 30, 2008, 11:33:00 AM  

There's something poetic about this juxtaposition, as Kornball might say.

It's a teaching moment for us as a country to learn how to come together and help each other becoss after all, we are all human beings on this small rock we call Mother Earth.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 30, 2008, 11:37:00 AM  

Actually, the Packers beat Washington in the last game inside the Beltway before the 2004 election, and the Republicans held the White House. To a Redskins fan, that just means that there really was no illegal motion on what would have been the go-ahead touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Anonymous said...
Oct 30, 2008, 11:49:00 AM  

Best. Picture. Ever.

JFein said...
Oct 30, 2008, 1:00:00 PM  

Read carefully before you start damning people. LAST HOME GAME BEFORE THE ELECTION!

From Elias Sports Bureau: "Steve Hirdt of Elias Sports Bureau and a longtime member of the Monday Night Football production crew introduced the “Redskins Rule” during the Titans-Redskins MNF game on ABC Sports on October 30, 2000. The Rule demonstrates how the results of certain Redskins games have remarkably predicted the results of U.S. presidential elections. The Rule has worked perfectly 17 times in the 17 presidential elections from the time the Redskins played their first game in Washington (having moved from Boston) in 1937 through the 2004 election. No other indicators out there have a perfect record over so many years. The Rule states that: If the Redskins win their last home game prior to a U.S. presidential election, then the party that won the popular vote in the previous election will win the White House in the upcoming election; but if the Redskins lose their last home game before the election, the party that lost the popular vote in the previous election will win the White House."

Oct 30, 2008, 1:15:00 PM  

AA,

They did lose the last home game before the election in 2004. It was to the Packers on Sunday, Oct. 31.
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/was/2004.htm The election was two days later on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Kevin said...
Oct 30, 2008, 1:21:00 PM  

The picture's real. Here's an explanation:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/mccain/funnyface.asp

Anonymous said...
Oct 30, 2008, 1:22:00 PM  

What, no caption contest?

"BRRRAAAAAAIIIIINNNSSS!"

Signal to Noise said...
Oct 30, 2008, 1:24:00 PM  

I say Go Redskins, because I like them better. I'd like to see Baltimore win the AFC North.

Brad James said...
Oct 30, 2008, 1:32:00 PM  

Ohhhhhh! I know why. 2004 is a technicality because it's done by which party won the popular vote. In 2000, Al Gore won the popular but Bush won the electoral.

Confusing I know, but it's still 17 for 17.

Oct 30, 2008, 1:34:00 PM  

No it's not. If they had to alter the theory to fit the results, then the theory is wrong. I guarantee you, the popular vote wasn't mentioned in this theory before 2004. But when the Redskins lost and Bush won, someone changed it to read "popular vote".

It is total crap.

Anonymous said...
Oct 30, 2008, 4:46:00 PM  

So Rush Limbaugh wins if he loses and he loses if he wins!

Anonymous said...
Oct 30, 2008, 8:42:00 PM  

What no video of Big Ben saying he's distacted by the Skins Cheerleaders ?

jg said...
Oct 30, 2008, 8:55:00 PM  

if the game ends in a tie.... rambo wins. you know why? rambo always wins.

TELEPORTER said...
Oct 30, 2008, 9:45:00 PM  

Oh my God, I actually get AA's explanation! That took me forever, but I get it and AA is right. Re-read the Elias Sports Bureau rule closely.

JFein said...
Oct 30, 2008, 11:34:00 PM  

Chris Berman does the interview? What, Bozo The Clown is out of the country?

Anonymous said...
Oct 31, 2008, 12:37:00 AM  

http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/redskins.asp

17 for 18 now.

Kerry was useless.

Degenerasian said...
Oct 31, 2008, 2:52:00 AM  

Uh, hello? As AA noted, Democratic Vice President AL GORE WON THE POPULAR VOTE IN 2000. He lost the ELECTORAL COLLEGE, but he outpolled Dubya nationally in terms of sheer votes. Because the 'Skins lost in 2004, the party that lost the popular vote in 2000 won. I knew that we didn't know even our own history in 'Merika, but how could people forget something that happened eight years ago?????

Similarly, because Dubya outpolled Kerry in the polular vote in 2004, if the Skins lose to the Stillers, Obama wins, and vice-versa.

gpclay said...
Oct 31, 2008, 10:28:00 AM  

Until 2004, the pattern was just that in the Redskins' last home game before a Presidential election, a Redskins win meant the incumbent party won the election, while a Redskins loss meant the incumbent party lost the election.

It was a remarkable pattern, only discovered some time around 2000, but it had held true 17 times out of 17. According to the pattern, the Redskins' loss to the Packers in 2004 predicted a victory for Kerry in the election, but that didn't come to pass, and the pattern was broken.

Naturally, it was more fun talking about the pattern when it had a perfect record, so people have tried to add additional rules to it after the fact. Which is where the "popular vote" thing came from. That was never part of the pattern.

I'd find that argument easier to swallow if 2000 had been the year the Redskins streak had predicted wrong, but no-- it missed 2004. I suppose that if it's wrong this time, there'll be an "except on Monday Night Football" or "unless one of the candidates' names starts with 'O'" rule added for 2012.

So rest easy, any Democratic Redskins fans and Republican Steelers fans out there.

nmk said...
Oct 31, 2008, 12:42:00 PM  

mccain that gay white fuck. vote for mccain

Anonymous said...
Oct 31, 2008, 2:23:00 PM  

gpclay: so going by your theory the Redskins won in 2000 and Gore won the popular vote.

So the pattern is either broken in 2000 or 2004 however you spin it.

It's still 17 out of 18.

Degenerasian said...
Oct 31, 2008, 7:19:00 PM  

First of all that is a real picture. it was during one of the presidential debate

Do you even care that Obama and McCain is going to speak on MNF? Because I dont. Not like anything they say tonight will influence or matter when the election is TOMORROW. My thoughts: http://jib-sports-culture.blogspot.com/

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Nov 3, 2008, 2:58:00 PM  

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