Obama favors college football playoff

No need to wait to halftime of tonight’s Steelers-Redskins game to hear what presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain had to say to Chris Berman. Here are excerpts:

On one thing you would change in sports:
Obama: “I think it is about time that we had 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.”

McCain: “I’d take significant action to prevent the spread and use of performance-enhancing substances. I think it’s a game we’re going to be in for a long time. What I mean by that is there is somebody in a laboratory right now trying to develop some type of substance that can’t be detected and we’ve got to stay ahead of it. It’s not good for the athletes. It’s not good for the sports. It’s very bad for those who don’t do it and I think it can attack the very integrity of all sports going all the way down to high school.”

On what you learned about yourself over the campaign:
Obama: “What I learned about that I think was positive was that I don’t get too high when things are going well and I don’t get too low when things are going tough. I think that has helped me and the organization stay steady.”

On the best piece of advice from the sports world:
McCain: “I have to go all the way back to high school. I had a football coach who was a football star himself … The most important lesson he taught me was you’ve always got to do the honorable thing, even when nobody’s looking because maybe nobody will know, but you’ll know.”

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