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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Obama on the Court

posted by on December 26 at 11:55 AM

He goes one-on-one with a writer from Sports Illustrated, talks some trash, and sinks a shot that the writer declares is “for the presidency”:

The first game flies by in a blur of missed (mine) and made (his) jumpers: I lose 11-5. Obama throws out a cheap “Wooooo!” whenever I shoot but never resorts to ticky-tack calls; before the second game he notes our 15-pound weight difference. “If you wanted to bang inside a bit,” he says, “you could.”

I’m no fool. I start banging. After I commit that criminal foul under the basket, he lofts an air ball and I pull ahead 2-1. But we’re both gasping, and proceed to play the ugliest, slowest game in history. A handler steps in, says his man must leave, so we decide to play to seven.

Obama hits two jumpers to go up 3-2, and I remember what Michelle told me: “He’s very good at the last minute.”

“All right,” I say coyly, flipping him the ball. “This is for the presidency….”

He drills a 19-footer, heels barely leaving the ground.

Photos and memories of Obama’s first dunk here. (Via Ben Smith.)

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Basketball isn't going to score you any points, you moron. And whhhyyyy aren't you wearing shorts?!

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 26, 2007 12:07 PM

If this doesn't put a stop to Josh Feit's Hillary fascination, I don't know what will.

Posted by Trey | December 26, 2007 12:13 PM
Posted by meks | December 26, 2007 12:26 PM

This is easily one million times cooler than going hunting. Obama just upped the macho factor. Maybe we'll see Edwards on the line of scrimmage.

Posted by Chip | December 26, 2007 12:45 PM

Trey @2, never mind the issues. If the following doesn't make Josh Feit an Obama backer, I don't know what will:

As a young teen, Obama had the famous poster of a soaring Julius Erving affixed to his wall. He remembers it clearly: Dr. J's knee-braces, that right arm held high.

Posted by cressona | December 26, 2007 12:45 PM

cressona- Thing is, Josh is just a toot toot grooter for the "home" team while Obama might actually like to Play?Work the game. in the prepost anal-isis here, we get the Slog Chalkboard(tm), in fact I get john madden diarheea everytime i masochistically glanceacross the Feit snarlaughphoto in the Strange rag

Posted by groot cosell-AKHMATOVA | December 26, 2007 1:18 PM

"he's very good at the last minute"

that's what she said!

Posted by max solomon | December 26, 2007 1:29 PM



Posted by Mr. Poe | December 26, 2007 1:31 PM

@8: thanks, i'm right on top of those youth culture trends!

Posted by max solomon | December 26, 2007 2:24 PM

That's some awesome living up to stereotypes, there. I'm glad we all get to know that he's a real black man--he plays basketball! What a great support for our one-drop eugenics, huh? Maybe next we'll have an article in Gourmet about his favorite chicken recipe? Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated will run a story about John Edwards and NASCAR.

Or, um, maybe we can drop the silly race-baiting and talk about policy. Either way, really.

Posted by A. | December 26, 2007 10:39 PM

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