Why might GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney pass up a golden chance to brag to the nation about how many sports franchise owners he’s buddies with? I can’t say for sure, but I suspect it’s because Romney — like all thoughtful Americans — would do anything in his power to avoid an association, however fleeting, with Mike Golic (above). From USA Today’s Michael Heistand :

ESPN is trying to nail down appearances from the presidential campaigns on Mike & Mike in the Morning on Monday or Tuesday.

But, says Vince Doria, ESPN vice president for news, there is at least one last-minute complication. While both presidential candidates are scheduled for afternoon interviews with Chris Berman Monday that will appear on tape during ESPN’s Philadelphia-New Orleans game on Monday Night Football, the Romney campaign would prefer that vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan — not Romney — would appear on Mike & Mike on either the day before the election or Election Day itself.

“But it’s very much up in the air,” says Doria. “We’re at the mercy of the campaigns.”

Obama’s sports acumen would seem to put him in a competitive advantage, but don’t forget Rep. Ryan’s under-recognized work for the the NFL Redzone Channel, each and every Sunday afternoon.