Friday, September 19, 2008

There's a flag on the play

Obama fumbled the ball here:

Barack Obama has put the Pennsylvania Republican delegates here in stitches over getting the name of the Penn State University mascot wrong today.

Not what you want to be doing in a state where the GOP is hammering you hard for being out of touch.

To most sports fans, they're the Nittany Lions.

Obama, during a stop in Pennsylvania today, called them the "Nitally lions" as he called on someone during a question-and-answer session.

But no matter, football fans would still rather catch a game with Obama than McCain:

WASHINGTON - People would rather watch a football game with Barack Obama than with John McCain — but by barely the length of a football.

Obama was the pick over McCain by a narrow 50 percent to 47 percent, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Friday that generally mirrored each presidential candidate's strengths and weaknesses with voters.

This is good news for Obama. No doubt. It is very similar to the “who do you want to have a beer with” criteria that we have pointed out a number of times. Any time you can connect with voters on this kind of personal level (though a sleepover is a little too personal), you’re doing good.

Not being an Obama fan, we find this disturbing from an election standpoint.

But honestly they really had to come up with a new category because the beer comparison is unfair in this election. Cindy McCain owns a beer distributorship. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to have a beer with the candidate whose wife could hook you up with free beer for life?

Then again, and maybe this is just us, but what football fan wouldn’t want to catch a game with the candidate whose wife could hook you up with free beer for life?

Oh, right. Upon further review, “football fans” may be a stretch:

"With McCain, I have such an age difference," said Smith of the Arizona senator, who is 72. But with Obama, 47, he said, "If things went well with the conversation, the football game would be forgotten. There'd be a lot of back and forth."

Sounds like we’re really talking about non-football watching ninnies who wouldn’t know a Nitally from a Nittany who would be willing to use football as an excuse to cozy up to the political celebrity. And of course the feeling is mutual … Obama is a politician who would use football to cozy up to voters. Not that that is unique to Obama. In fact...

THE REAL FOOTBALL FAN IN THE RACE: Like any big football fan, Joe Biden can’t make up his mind who his favorite team is. Right? Real football fans are big fans of lots of teams? (h/t Hugh Hewitt)

Although Biden said he was a Steelers fan in a meeting with the team's coach Mike Tomlin on August 29, he later said in a September 8 visit to a Green Bay bar outside of Lambeau Field that he'd been a Packers fan since grade school.

Today he added three more favorites to the list -- the Eagles, the Colts and the Giants.

As he looked at the jersey of former Philadelphia Eagle Reggie White, Horrigan said he had heard Biden was an Eagles fan.

Biden said yes, adding, "I used to be a Colts fan before they moved to Baltimore."

The loquacious Blue Hen said he stayed up late to watch the Monday night football game between the Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.

"My wife is a die-hard Eagles fan, so we watch every Eagles game," Biden said. "Matter of fact, I was really tired Tuesday morning."...

But Biden then whispered, "I'm not allowed to say this, but I also like the Giants."

You know what they say the difference is between a pit bull and a political candidate claiming to be a football fan?

You need a muzzle to shut one of them up.

And the other you need to let outside to go poop.

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