Stu Scott Interview With Barack Obama To Air On Sports Center Tonight

Monday, August 25, 2008

ESPN will air a Barack Obama interview that was took place in Greensboro, N.C. last Wednesday during the 6pm edition of Sports Center tonight. The Presidential candidate, and current Illinois Senator, sat down with Stuart Scott and discussed everything from PEDs and Olympics to who his favorite players were growing up.

Here are a few quotes that ESPN put together to get you excited for the spot....

Barack Obama: “My favorite player when I was a kid was Dr. J. He had those old Nets shorts with the socks up to here. Those Converse Dr. J's, that was the outfit then.”

Stuart Scott: “If your vice president had to be an athlete, who would you pick?”
Obama: “Well, I'll tell you what. I'm a Chicago guy, so I'm thinking Walter Payton. ‘Sweetness.’ That guy had durability -- he could block as well as run. Michael -- doesn't lose, and, since I haven't won the presidency yet, that wouldn't be a bad teammate to have. I'd just keep on feeding him and figure he'd hit the last shot.”

Scott: “Because of human rights issues, there was a loud cry for President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Summer Games. If you had been President, faced with that, what would you have done?
Obama: “Well, I said very early on that I don't want Olympics to be overly politicized. But, when a host country is violating human rights, I think we have to say something. It would have been an appropriate statement for the President to say that, ‘I will not go to the opening games unless we have seen some progress on the issue of Tibet.’ If all of us are silent all the time, then human beings all across the globe are being silenced and being oppressed in ways that I don't think captures the Olympic Spirit.”

Scott: “Congress played a vital role through its hearings, and baseball union and players union into more frequent testing for performance enhancing drugs and stricter penalties. When you were watching the hearings, what did you think of them?”
Obama: “I love baseball. Baseball is America's pastime. I'd like to see the baseball Commissioner handle this without Congress being involved. We've got a lot of stuff on our plate.”

Scott: “If the Cubs and the White Sox both make it to the World Series?
Obama: “I would be going.”
Scott: “Who would you root for?
Obama: “Oh, that's easy. White Sox. I'm not one of these fair weather fans. You go to Wrigley Field, you have a beer, beautiful people up there. People aren't watching the game. It's not serious. White Sox, that's baseball. Southside.”
The last that I had heard was that this interview wasn't going to take place because EPSN didn't want to look like they were choosing a side. That's obviously not the case anymore so I'd keep your eyes peeled for a John McCain one coming soon after this one.

For Obama's sake, I hope this spot isn't overly cheesy (See running mate question above), but this IS Stuart Scott we're talking about. We should probably be preparing for the worst. I'm also hoping that ESPN can work in Barack's friend, Emmitt Smith at some point. That would make my night.

Again, this airs tonight during the 6pm Sports Center and I'll try to have some video up later on.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:13 PM

15 Comments:

"That's obviously not the case anymore so I'd keep your eyes peeled for a John McCain one coming soon after this one."

Sure...I'm sure that will happen.

Maybe Stu will get all Black with Barry and make him look like an idiot, read some of his rapping poetry.

hollywood wags said...
Aug 25, 2008, 4:35:00 PM  

Wait, so Stu Scott could do an interview but Simmons could do a podcast with Obama? I guess your karaoke skills determine whether you can interview a presidental candidate or not.

Anonymous said...
Aug 25, 2008, 4:35:00 PM  

Guess that means McCain'll "belting out" "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in the near future...

cr3861 said...
Aug 25, 2008, 5:35:00 PM  

I'd like to see the baseball Commissioner handle this without Congress being involved. We've got a lot of stuff on our plate.

THANK YOU! Why don't those old bastards on Capitol Hill recognize that?

GMoney said...
Aug 25, 2008, 5:45:00 PM  

"Guess that means McCain'll "belting out" "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in the near future..."

McCain would certainly get a loud ovation, especially at Chase Field, unless Misty May is involved.

Anonymous said...
Aug 25, 2008, 5:54:00 PM  

Does Obama fire back with why Stu was recently seen on the web supporting McCain?

Isn't Edwin McCain John's third cousin? No? Oh. BTW, killer goggles, Stu.

Anonymous said...
Aug 25, 2008, 6:22:00 PM  

Emmitt is on Monday Night Countdown right now. It's awesome. Re: Strahan - "When you leave the building, it's tough to come back in".

Anonymous said...
Aug 25, 2008, 7:09:00 PM  

"I'd like to see the baseball Commissioner handle this without Congress being involved. We've got a lot of stuff on our plate."

It's nice to know he does have an intelligent thought on occasion.

Anonymous said...
Aug 25, 2008, 8:13:00 PM  

AA, You need to do a story on how MNF is so much better without TK. He is not doing tonight's game because of hernia surgery. The brodcast is actually bearable without TK's witty banter.

Anonymous said...
Aug 25, 2008, 8:30:00 PM  

Why couldn't the sports guy interview Obama? I love the B.S. Report and i was totally disapointed when ESPN didn't allow him to go ahead with the podcast. how is stu scott at all better for an interview... wont they need an interpreter cause Obama doesn't speak stu scott. you forgot to mention about how E:60 was allowed to do something on obama before simmons, too. plus this week E:60 is doing something on cindy mccain and her love of nascar.

Charles said...
Aug 25, 2008, 8:44:00 PM  

I'm just gonna take a guess that SG's podcast was going to be far more political than the interview on sportscenter.

Seems like a good reason to not allow it. Sports rivlaries are one thing, but people go beserk about politics.

Anonymous said...
Aug 25, 2008, 9:40:00 PM  

"Obama: “I love baseball. Baseball is America's pastime. I'd like to see the baseball Commissioner handle this without Congress being involved. We've got a lot of stuff on our plate.”"

How the fuck would he know how much congress? He's been away campaigning for at least a year. And before that he didn't do jackshit.

JFreak said...
Aug 25, 2008, 9:43:00 PM  

I think you're all missing the point here...

Emmitt Smith. Press Secretary.

This alone would make me vote for Obama.

Anonymous said...
Aug 25, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

ya your right I'm sure Simmons would have actually talked politics because after all Simmons has a degree in poli-sci from holy cross. I love how you said people would go berserk and you are immediately followed by someone going berserk.

I would enjoy it even if Simmons interviewed McCain but i think that job would be better suited for JackO. Somehow i don't think Simmons has that much to talk to about McCain but the Gregarious Raconteur he would get things going.

If Obama was on the B.S. report it would be a completely different situation because if people didn't want to listen to it, they aren't forced to download it and listen to them talk for an hour about sports, politics, chain smoking, and most importantly THE WIRE. while on sports center people will complain because they don't want to see sports and politics, but somehow i don't think the fact that they could stop listening to a podcast would make them any less angry. No matter what gets said in the interview Right wingers are gonna hate it, and when McCain gets interviewed left wingers are gonna say the same thing. I honestly would watch both of them but what i hate the most is when people cry foul, if you watch ESPN you should know they would much rather do a human interest story if it will get them better ratings than showing a sport.

Charles said...
Aug 26, 2008, 4:21:00 AM  

Simmons Leaving ESPN in 5...4...3...

Jeff V said...
Aug 26, 2008, 10:34:00 AM  

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