Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka is one of the most famous players and coaches in NFL history. It’s tough to imagine what football would be like without Ditka. However, the Hall of Famer regrets not taking a little less time for football and more time for politics over the past 10 years.
Ditka is what you would call the opposite of a Barack Obama supporter. Not only that, but he believes he may have had a chance to stop him from getting into office. According to The Dickinson Press (via CNN.com), Ditka was speaking to a group of people in North Dakota when he admitted he wishes he had run opposite Obama to represent Illinois in the 2004 US Senate race.
“Biggest mistake I’ve ever made,” Ditka said of the decision. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.”
Had Ditka run against Obama and won, there’s a good chance not enough people would have known who the current president was and he would not have been able to build a successful presidential campaign. And if you think Ditka’s insane for thinking a former football player and coach could have won a Senate race, you obviously don’t understand the way some Americans vote.
But we digress. Ditka did not run, which means we are still graced with his presence and insight every Sunday on ESPN’s pregame coverage. It wouldn’t be the same without him.
The 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.
After careful consideration I’ve decided not to visit the White House today for political reasons LOL JK I’m not an idiot!Free trip? I’m in!
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 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:
If the President of the U.S is saying I need to slide then I really need to start sliding. Lol. Thanks Mr. President!
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 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:
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.
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.”
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.