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Cubs and Sky point out President Obama did not follow them on Twitter

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After having his tweets appear under the official account for the White House, President Barack Obama now has his very own Twitter account.

Not surprisingly, many of the accounts the president follows are government officials and agencies. Perhaps it’s also not a shock to see the Bulls, Bears, White Sox, and Blackhawks included as President Obama is a noted fan of sports and Chicago teams.

However, missing are the Cubs and Sky. Noticing their exclusion, the social media teams for both clubs took the opportunity to politely remind the president he missed them when he went on his following spree.

Michelle Obama is a Cubs fan so the White House is, of course, divided when it comes to baseball loyalties. The Cubs later attempted to get the First Lady to provide some assistance.

We’ll have to stay tuned to see if Michelle had any luck in getting her husband to click the follow button for Chicago’s north side baseball team.

Barack Obama makes Deflategate joke during Patriots’ White House visit

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The New England Patriots visited the White House on Thursday to be recognized for winning the Super Bowl XLIX, and Barack Obama managed to zing the world champions with a well-timed Deflategate joke.

Ragging on a team like the New York Jets probably would have been more appropriate in this situation, but Obama — or one of his publicists — actually came up with a great one-liner.

“I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,” Obama said.

Robert Kraft’s reaction said it all.

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Belichick wasn’t having any of it.

Obama was just full of jokes during the visit. He zinged Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick.

Obama later added that the whole Deflategate controversy was “blown out of proportion,” which is bold considering Ted Wells has yet to release his report on the matter.

We haven’t heard much about Deflategate over the past few weeks. In fact, the most recent reports had more to do with a rogue NFL employee than they did with the Patriots allegedly cheating. Either the NFL has found something important, or they’re waiting for the perfect moment to bury the findings and move on.

NC State after upset over Villanova: The F— is wrong with Obama (Video)

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Teams in March Madness are motivated by a perceived lack of respect and desire to prove people wrong. And there is no one players and coaches enjoy calling out more than the president when they pull an upset.

After NC State knocked off top seed Villanova Saturday, cameras caught the Wolfpack celebrating in the locker room. They could even be heard saying, “What the f— is wrong with Barack Obama?” who picked Villanova to reach the finals of the tournament.

Take a look at the video below (beware there is cursing):

Chest bump to SB Nation

Michael Jordan once misspelled Barack Obama’s name on autograph

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Michael Jordan and United States President Barack Obama have a seemingly friendly history with one another, but we wouldn’t exactly call them best friends. After all, best friends know how to spell each other’s name.

In a recent interview with New York Magazine, political consultant David Axelrod revealed that His Airness once misspelled Obama’s first name when signing an autograph for the president.

“When the president turned 50, I wanted to get him something special … so I sent (a poster) to Jordan to have him sign it for me.” In black Sharpie, Jordan scrawled, “To Barrack: you still owe me dinner. Wishing you well, Michael Jordan.”

“I gave it to the president, and he said, ‘I can’t put this up, he misspelled my name!’ So I said, ‘Fine, I’ll take it.'”

Perhaps that is one of the reasons Jordan and Obama have exchanged some friendly jabs in recent months.

H/T Eye on Basketball

President Obama zings Michael Jordan over MJ’s Charlotte Hornets

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President Obama got back at Michael Jordan with a zinger of his own.

During an interview with Ahmad Rashad on “Back 9 Network,” MJ was asked to name his dream foursome for golf. His Airness mentioned Arnold Palmer and then President Obama, saying he’d like to golf with the president. But MJ reconsidered his Obama selection because the president is a “sh-tty golfer” and would hold up the group, MJ said.

Obama heard Jordan’s blast and responded to the basketball legend during an interview with Jammin’ 98.3 in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Host Earl Stokes asked Obama about Jordan’s golf trash talk, so the president responded.

“Mike and I, we know each other, but I’ve never played golf with him. I’ve played golf with Ahmad. Ahmad’s been my partner. Last time we played was against Alonzo Mourning and another friend, and we won both times.

“Michael wasn’t very well informed about this. I think he might have just been trying to give Ahmad an extra ratings boost on his show,” Obama joked.

“But there is no doubt that Michael’s a better golfer than I am. Of course, If I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case. He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats or the Hornets, but that’s a whole other issue. I love the man, though. He brought (the Bulls) a lot of championships. He does like talking trash sometimes even when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

That’s some nice trash talk in response by Obama! It’s true, too. Everyone knows Jordan plays a ton of golf; of course he’s going to be good at it. Or at least he should be.

You can listen to the interview below. The MJ part comes towards the end.

Barack Obama was denied tee time at multiple courses during Labor Day Weekend

Barack-Obama-Jeremy-LinLabor Day Weekend is one of the most popular golf weekends of the calendar year. Assuming the weather cooperates, it’s right up there with Father’s Day and Memorial Day. Everyone is looking to hit the links on or around Labor Day, which means you have to call very early to book a tee time. That’s even true if you’re the president of the United States of America.

According to NBC New York, Barack Obama was turned away from several golf courses in New York on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend because there were no available tee times.

The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president’s request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president’s advance team’s calls to the club managers.

Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president.

Political analyst Dan Gerstein believes there is a time when Obama would have never been turned away and insists he has lost his “star quality.” It’s interesting to note that one of the courses was owned by Donald Trump, who has made it known that he hates the president.

That doesn’t sound like an offer Obama would be interested in taking, but it’s nice of Trump to put it out there. Hopefully Obama was still able to get some swings in at the driving range or something.

H/T Eye on Golf

Barack Obama photo mistakenly placed on World Cup souvenir mug instead of England’s Chris Smalling

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With the World Cup being the world’s biggest sporting event, it’s only natural for companies to capitalize with souvenir merchandise. You name it, someone probably has it for sale with a flag of one of the 32 participating countries or picture of a player.

One company went the route of releasing a series of commemorative mugs with a photo of a member of England’s squad on each one. Unfortunately, the mug for defender Chris Smalling did not contain a picture of Chris Smalling. It, instead, featured President Barack Obama.

The mugs were sent to Wholesale Clearance UK, who had the unenviable task of unloading the items.

“They passed this onto to their young, bright eyed and bushy tailed new apprentice. The designs were proofed and signed off by their boss, who had clearly had a heavy night with the lads playing poker and before he’d had his first vat of coffee the following morning, said Wholesale Clearance managing director Karl Baxter via Daily Mail UK

“They immediately contacted us and 2,000 of the England items were dispatched to our warehouse. We eagerly unpacked them and, indeed it turned out that the Chris Smalling cup had Barack Obama’s head on instead of Chris’s.”

England has already been eliminated from the World Cup with one game remaining, Tuesday against Costa Rica. Hopefully, Smalling, who didn’t appear in either of England’s first two matches, gets some pitch time so he isn’t shut out of both the World Cup and a souvenir set.

Photo: Twitter/DailyMailUK