- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) | Democrat Barack Obama told ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” it’s time for college football to pick a champion with a playoff system, while Republican John McCain wants to put an end to performance-enhancing substances.

On the eve of the election, the two presidential candidates were interviewed via satellite by ESPN’s Chris Berman. The taped interviews aired during halftime of the game between the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Both candidates were asked to name one thing they would change in sports.

“I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football,” Obama said. “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.”

College football uses the Bowl Championship Series, which is based on polls and computer rankings.

McCain said 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,” he said. “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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