April 18, 2014

Athlete-In-Chief? 

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By: Amy Lutz

I promise this is not a joke.

This week, Sports Illustrated named President Barack Obama “One of the Most Powerful People in Sports.” Appropriately, he was #44 on the list. The magazine had this to say about the selection:


“POTUS might be the ultimate global power player, but he also wields significant influence in the Republic of Sports. One relevant riff-on his NCAA tourney picks, on his desire for a college football playoff, on his concern over permitting the sons that he doesn’t have to play football-and the sports world takes notice. Plus, the 51-year-old can shoot the J.”

I think we all know where Sports Illustrated is located on the political spectrum because anyone with eyes and half a brain could logically deduce our current Commander in Chief knows very little about several of this country’s favorite pastimes. Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it.

He doesn’t know the name of the 2012 NBA Champions.


“Miami Heats?” I’m not an NBA fan and even I know it’s the “Miami Heat.”

He thinks “Caminsky Park” is actually “Kaminsky Field.”

Alright, I’ll admit, I didn’t know where Kaminsky Field was until I saw this video. However, 1. I’m not a huge baseball fan (I was unfortunately enough to be born into a family of Royals fans) and 2. I’m not from Chicago. You would think that someone who hails from Chicago and claims to be a huge baseball fan would actually know the name of the park where the White Sox played from 1910-1990.

He Can’t Actually Name Any White Sox Players

In 2010, before throwing the first pitch at a Nationals-Mets game in DC, the president gave an interview in which he was unable to name any White Sox players. But, wait, I thought he was such a HUGE fan?

Rob Dibble, former White Sox pitcher: “Having played with the White Sox for a short time, I know how the Cubs fans and White Sox fans go back and forth. Who was one of your favorite White Sox players growing up?”

Obama: “You know uh ….. I … I thought that … uh …. you know … the truth is a lot of the Cubs I like too! But, uh … I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I uh …. I was growing up in Hawaii so I ended up actually being an Oakland A’s fan.”

He Doesn’t Mind Insulting Handicapped Athletes

Now that’s just downright offensive.

He Throws Like a Girl

I take that back. Even I could probably throw out a better first pitch.

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Athlete-In-Chief? 

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