Friday, August 08, 2008

McCain might delay speech for NFL opener

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We wrote back in April:

So here's the situation. You're a long-time Washington DC GOP partisan, and no matter where you came from, you've become a diehard Redskins fan. It's been a long off-season, and you've been looking forward to the start of the season all spring, especially now that you've resolved that minor problem of picking a presidential nominee. And your opening game is against your hated rival, and defending Super Bowl champion, the New York Giants. The game is close, Redskins down by 7, but Eli throws a late interception, and the Redskins tie it up. Overtime. The game started at 7:00 PM EST, but the clock's now ticking past 10:15. Uh oh. What to do? John McCain is about to give the most important speech of his life, accepting the nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States.
Well, it turns out, McCain might just wait for the game to be over:
An insider tells TVNewser NBC News has been working closely with NBC Sports as well as the RNC and if the game goes long, NBC will stay with the season opener and McCain would most likely delay his speech. Given the potentially huge lead-in of the Super Bowl champions taking on a division rival, from two of the largest TV markets in the U.S., it could only benefit the campaign.
It won't be a benefit to McCain if he doesn't get on the podium until 10:45! An old man needs his sleep. And imagine the other networks, on the air at 10:00, having to fill time, and fuming because they know why things are being delayed.

Not to mention all those football fans in the key state of Virginia who will be catching every bit of post-game analysis on ESPN, and won't be paying any attention at all to the GOP convention that evening.