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Kings F Dustin Penner takes shot at athletes who skip White House visit

Dustin-Penner-KingsThe Los Angeles Kings visited the White House on Tuesday to be recognized for their 2011-2012 Stanley Cup title, and by all accounts it appears all members of the team were able to attend. As you know, there is a growing list of athletes — most notably former Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas — who, because of personal/political reasons, have refused to travel to the White House with their team to meet the president.

For the most part, there are two sides to the debate. On one side, you have people who feel that athletes are given a forum most of us do not have and that they should use it to stand up for their political beliefs. On the other side, you have people who feel that it is disrespectful to your team and your country to refuse such a rare honor. After Tuesday, we know where Kings forward Dustin Penner stands.

If you ask me, he’s right. Everyone is entitled to their own political opinion, but going to the White House to be recognized for winning a championship does not mean you support the president. It’s a tradition and something that players should experience with their teammates. You can still take a handshake from Barack Obama and vote Republican. In my opinion, athletes should understand that and cast their personal beliefs aside.

President Obama advises Michael Vick to slide; Vick responds

President Obama is apparently no different from Eagles fans who want their quarterback to stay healthy.

Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha spoke at an event in Oakland on Monday and introduced the President. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Asomugha and Obama talked football afterward, and the President offered some advice.

“He told me to tell Vick to slide,” Asomugha told reporters.

Asomugha was pressed about Obama’s advice and said it happened.

Vick, or whoever runs his Twitter account, read the report and responded via Twitter:

There has been frequent talk throughout the offseason about Vick making adjustments to protect himself. While that certainly would be beneficial for Vick and the Eagles, I wonder how practical it is. Many actions on the field are instinctual, and I don’t know how easy it will be for Vick to adjust after playing his entire life a different way.

And let’s also give it up for Obama. Here I was thinking his staff slipped him the Vick nugget, but maybe I was wrong.

President Obama dissed on kiss cam by First Lady, gets redemption (Pictures)

President Obama was booed at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. on Monday night after First Lady Michelle Obama rejected him for a kiss when the two were featured on the arena’s “Kiss Cam.”

The couple was in attendance for the U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams’ games against Brazil. President Obama didn’t know he was on the Kiss Cam when he was shown, but the crowd began booing after the First Lady leaned in for a kiss before pulling away.

Luckily President Obama got a chance for redemption.

About an hour later in the fourth quarter, the two were shown on the Kiss Cam again and the president was tipped off by daughter Malia, who was sitting next to him. This time he got a kiss:

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Floyd Mayweather: I’d let Barack Obama walk me to the ring for Pacquiao fight

We’re pretty much at the point where it would be a surprise if Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao actually fought. There are just so many roadblocks in the way, I don’t see it happening. But if it does, Mayweather may have a surprise in store.

“People want to know how much power Floyd Mayweather got,” Mayweather answered when asked about President Obama on an HBO special. “I can guarantee you this. I show you how much power I got, if I was to fight Manny Pacquiao, I’d let Barack Obama walk me to the ring holding my belt. Can I make it happen, absolutely.”

It’s a good thing Mayweather is an entertainer because he sure is funny. Think about the way he phrased that comment. He’d let Barack Obama walk him to the ring. Yeah, I’m sure the pleasure would be all Barack’s, Floyd. Good call on that one.

Hey, at least Obama would be a step up from Mark Cuban.

Barack Obama says he had the inside track on Jeremy Lin before all of us (Video)

As you know — or may not know — U.S. President Barack Obama is a Harvard graduate. As you almost certainly know, Jeremy Lin is also a Harvard graduate and has become kind of a big deal over the past month. Had the coaches and front office workers from the NBA consulted Obama a while back, Lin may not have been cut multiple times and come close to leaving the NBA for good. During his interview with Bill Simmons that aired Thursday, Obama said he had inside information on Lin a long time ago.

“I knew about Jeremy before you did or everybody else did because Arne Duncan, my Secretary of Education, was captain of the Harvard team,” Obama said jokingly. “So way back when, Arne and I were playing and he said, ‘I’m telling you, we’ve got this terrific guard named Jeremy Lin at Harvard.’ And then one of my best friends, his son is a freshman at Harvard, so when he went for a recruiting trip he saw Lin in action. So I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while.”

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Obama Bowling Alley Just a Hoax (Video)

You may have received an email recently showing a picture of a bowling alley where President Barack Obama’s face is seen at the end of each lane. The alley is purported to be in Clearwater (Fl.), so the Countryside Lanes alley in Clearwater has been flooded with calls from people across the country eager to knock over the President’s teeth.

Only there’s one problem: the email was a hoax; Countryside Lanes looks like your standard bowling alley.

The alley’s general manager, Tina May, told FOX 13 in Tampa that she doesn’t know how the hoax started, and she’s not happy about it.

“My personal opinion is it’s a very disrespectful thing,” May says. “I didn’t approve of it at all and that was basically what I told people, no we don’t do that and I don’t know many around here who would.”

Now that it’s been revealed as a hoax, the phone calls are starting to die down.

Spike Lee Gives Barack Obama Pair of Air Jordan Spizike Shoes (Pictures)

Forgive me for not respecting Barack Obama as a sports fan.  He is the Commander in Chief of the United States of America, so in a certain sense I respect him for that.  But as we have seen recently on more than one occasion, sports and politics don’t always mesh.  Oftentimes in the past, the President has been no exception. Obama claims to be a White Sox fan, yet he couldn’t name a single player on their roster a couple of seasons ago.  When hosting the NCAA champion UConn Huskies at the White House, he referred to legendary college coach Adolph Rupp as “Ruff.”  Regardless, he is still the President.  Maybe that’s why Spike Lee and Michael Jordan decided to present him with a new pair of Air Jordan Spizikes on Thursday.

Being from Chicago, Obama is supposedly a huge Bulls fan.  I wouldn’t be surprised if his knowledge of the Bulls consisted of only the names Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, but who am I to judge?  He got a pair of special edition kicks in a personalized wooden box and I didn’t.  Maybe this was just Spike’s way of thanking him for ruining Rajon Rondo’s jump shot.

Pictures via Stupid Dope and Spike Lee on Twitter