It’s another episode of the Doubleheader, where we talk about the politics of sport and the sport of politics with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.
We started our chat musing about the extent to which campaigns co-opt what’s in the air, and in some cases, what’s been on-air. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the creator of Friday Night Lights would like the Romney campaign to refrain from using the phrase the show made famous: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” Just last week Sesame Workshop (the folks behind Sesame Street) put out a statement to the Obama campaign to stop using Big Bird in a campaign ad. (As of Friday 10/12 the advertisement is still on Youtube.)
In the politics of sport section, we veered away from Major League Baseball and steered toward the story breaking across the cycling world this week, that of Lance Armstrong and his alleged role in doping through the peak of his professional career. For background see the conversation fellow NewsHour cycling enthusiast Ray Suarez conducted earlier in the week.
Have a great weekend.