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Is Obamaball more than a game?

By Adam Ross

By now we've heard from just about every writer in Washington on whether Obama unfairly excluded women in his pick-up basketball game. Some have argued that it is unfair for only men to have the extra face time with the president. Others have called for understanding, noting that Obama's recreational time shouldn't have to be politically correct.

But here's the thing with basketball: When you're playing because you enjoy the game, it consumes your attention. I've hopped basketball courts around D.C., Maryland and Virginia for the last five years. I've played with journalists, politicians, lobbyists, federal employees, diplomats, lawyers, professors and countless others. Despite all that face time with some powerful people, it's amounted to very little, if any, memorable conversations about anything but basketball. No insider information, no big tips. I did, however, get plenty of bruises, sprained ankles and busted lips.

It's possible that Obamaball is different. But I doubt it. Obama is serious about basketball. He played in high school, he fills out his NCAA tournament bracket each March, and he supports his hometown sports teams with fervor. Considering his passion for the game and how competitive it makes even normally calm people, I'd be less concerned about catching Obama's ear than worried about catching him with a hard foul. If anything, Obamaball is more likely to kill careers than to make them.

By Adam Ross  | October 27, 2009; 7:26 PM ET
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While he might like basketball....I still want to know why we never saw his pitch at the all star game.....previous Presidents were taped from behind the pitcher.....the catcher was in front of the plate and he bounced it in front of the plate.....

Posted by: drols | October 27, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is serious about basketball. He played in high school, he fills out his NCAA tournament bracket each March,"

By your standards, most men are serious about basketball. C'mon, the standard has to be higher than "Love to play with his friends on the weekend and watches the NCAA's".

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 28, 2009 5:36 AM | Report abuse

Whats next - female ball players showering with Obama ??? What a stupid waste of space people are really ridiculous

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | October 28, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

With everything that obama isn't doing, I could really care less about his hoops games.
Wish I had the time for such nonsense.

Posted by: tjmlrc | October 28, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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