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News from ESPN today on a special Outside the Lines looking at Barack Obama and Sarah Palin through a sports lens. Of course, these features are nice little diversions from actual important political stuff, so don’t really let anything you see here sway your vote one way or another:
Sunday’s Outside the Lines (Oct. 26 at 9am ET on ESPN, 12pm ET on ESPNEWS) will present two presidential campaign-related pieces: an interview with Gov. Sarah Palin and rarely seen footage of her playing in Alaska’s high school girls’ basketball championship game; interviews with Sen. Barack Obama, his brother-in-law and Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson, and Michelle Obama, detailing how Robinson helped convince his sister to encourage Obama’s run for president.
The two separate pieces will feature all-access footage of Robinson at the Democratic National Convention, and the one-on-one interview with Palin, who tells reporter Sal Paolantonio her basketball title is one of her most memorable moments.
The Palin piece will show how the then-future Republican Vice-Presidential candidate helped lead her small hometown of Wasilla, Alaska to the 1982 Alaskan State girls’ high school basketball championship. Despite playing on an injured ankle, Palin sank a critical free throw with 10 seconds left in the Lady Warriors’ five-point win over perennial power Service High from Anchorage.
The Robinson piece will show him using his coaching motivational skills to pep up a weary Obama on the campaign trail, while perhaps his most important role was properly vetting the presidential candidate — in 1990 when Obama was first dating his sister — by taking him to shoot some hoops to test his character on the court. Also, Obama’s wife tells reporter Andy Katz how important it was having her brother introduce her at the DNC, and OTL has the reaction to that speech from OSU in Corvallis when Robinson gave the Beavers a “shout out” on national TV.
Excerpts from the program:
“It absolutely changed my life. It may sound hokey — that state championship really was a very significant time in my life because we knew that our team, together we had overcome such adversity… I can relate so much of the principles of the lessons learned then to what we are going through right now.” — Gov. Sarah Palin, on winning the championship
“I could really see Barack being president. It just so happens that he’s married to my sister. It’s just hard to wrap my arms around the fact that she could be the first lady. I mean, that will be really cool.” — Craig Robinson
“Bob (OSU Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis) says there’s one more thing, and I say, ‘What’s that?’ He says, ‘Well he’s Barack Obama’s brother-in-law,’ and I said, ‘You know what? If he doesn’t win some basketball games, nobody is going to give a damn who his brother-in-law is (laughs).’” — Dr. Edward Ray, OSU President, discussing Craig Robinson
“You work as a team. Healthy competition. All those things you learned out on the basketball court, all good for lessons learned in life. Being an underdog, underestimated, and yet the determination and the drive today to do what is right and to be victorious at the end of the day.” — Palin, on how she feels winning the championship prepared her to run for vice president
“I remember having a conversation with Craig, saying, ‘Hey, look, I’m having this back-and-forth with Michelle, and she’s not sure about this (his potential run for president),’ and he said, ‘You’ve got to go for it. Don’t worry, I’m going to talk to Michelle about this.’” — Barack Obama
“Her role was, as captain, of course, to be a leader.” — Jackie Conn, co-captain with Palin