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Are You Ready For … Some Football?

Two years ago, as speculation grew around his potential presidential candidacy, Illinois Senator Barack Obama made a faux-announcement at the beginning of a Monday Night Football game featuring his hometown Chicago Bears. Tonight, both presidential candidates appear in taped interviews to be aired at halftime.

ESPN's Chris Berman spoke with both Obama and John McCain via satellite on the eve of the presidential election and the AP has a preview of what they had to say when asked to name the one thing they would change in sports.

"I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football," Obama says. "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 said he would like to see the end of performance-enhancing drugs, saying he would "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."

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