White Sox give Barack Obama another unique 'The Last Dance' title card

White Sox give Barack Obama another unique 'The Last Dance' title card

Fact: I'm from Chicago. But when I meet people and they ask who I am, I tend to say "I'm Tim Stebbins and I write for NBC Sports Chicago." It's more pertinent introductory information than "I'm Tim Stebbins and I'm from Chicago," ya know?

So, when former President Barack Obama popped up in the debut of ESPN's "The Last Dance" on Sunday, it was surprising to see the title the docuseries gave him:

Obama has a house in Hyde Park, so this isn't wrong. Along those same lines, the White Sox came up with an equally true title for the former U.S. president:

I see no lies. Obama threw out the first pitch at Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS. Maybe he'll use the title anointed to him by the White Sox from now on!

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The time former President Barack Obama's Joakim Noah takes sparked a story

The time former President Barack Obama's Joakim Noah takes sparked a story

Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s devout basketball and Bulls fandom is well-documented

But according to former Obama communications director Dan Pfeiffer on the most recent episode of “The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix,” there came a point in Obama’s time as the leader of the free world when he had to consciously reign in his inner blog boy.

It began with the Bulls’ drafting of Joakim Noah.

“Obama learned over the years that, being president and being a fan, you can’t be a normal fan when you’re president,” Pfeiffer told Mannix. “When he was running for president, we were in New Hampshire doing an interview with a local reporter a day or so after. This must have been the ’07 draft. And the reporter at the end just asked Obama, as a fan, what did he think of the Bulls pick, and that was the year the Bulls picked Noah.

“And Obama, as a fan, like a lot of, if I remember, Bulls fans at the time, thought it wasn’t a great pick because it was duplicative of Tyrus Thomas, who they’d taken the year before. And Obama said that, and it made a lot of news both in Chicago and in sports… So he realized that you can’t just pontificate on draft picks without some consequences when you’re president of the United States.”

Worse, Noah was an ardent Obama supporter. Also according to Pfeiffer, the eventual Bulls center spent part of his time at the University of Florida as a member of a grassroots, Obama-supportive student organization. Obama's comments didn't change that sentiment: In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche in Feb. 2008, Noah endorsed Obama in the 2008 election and said he'd been a supporter since 2004. 

But it’s hard to blame the ex-President too much for that take, ice cold as it ended up becoming. The Noah pick was widely polarizing at the time (and even through his rookie season), and Thomas wasn’t yet considered an unequivocal bust. Plus, Obama did eventually renege on those comments, even inviting Noah to his 49th birthday party at the White House in 2010, which saw stars across the NBA spectrum assemble for a pickup game.

That day spawned an anecdote that will go down as an all-timer, even for a player as celebrated as Noah. From former Obama senior advisor David Axelrod in GQ’s “The Oral History of President Barack Obama Playing Pickup Basketball”:

“[The President] ticked off Joakim Noah because the president was trash-talking him about his shot, [which is], shall we say, unorthodox. The president said, ‘Where’d you get that shot? That’s the ugliest shot I’ve ever seen.’ So at some point, Noah decided, ‘Okay, let’s see about yours.’ And he completely smothered the President. I mean he was guarding him and the President could not go anywhere. But I will say that with all of that, somehow playing against all these NBA players, he (Obama) mysteriously was able to hit the winning shot.”

Surely, the Obama-Noah relationship is all love now. But the evolution of it has certainly been a riot. 

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Deal with the devil? Stephen Colbert knows why the Cubs visited Donald Trump's White House

Deal with the devil? Stephen Colbert knows why the Cubs visited Donald Trump's White House

When the Cubs announced they planned on making another visit to the White House, there was some question as to why.

Were they making a statement by going specifically with Donald Trump as the President after the first trip was rushed to visit Barack Obama's White House before he left office?

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Stephen Colbert knows exactly why the Cubs visited Trump's White House while the team was in town to take on the Washington Nationals this week:

"Today the Cubs came by the White House for some photos with President Trump...it's part of the deal they cut with Lucifer."

It hits at the 4:40 mark:

That is a money zinger and Colbert precludes and follows the Cubs comment with a six-plus minute monologue about Trumps' Healthcare thoughts.

But it's funny in its own right given that the Cubs are slogging through a "Groundhog Day" type of season where one thing after another keeps going wrong in the organizations title defense.

2017 has been fraught with reminders as to how much had to go right and fall into place last season to end a 108-year World Series drought.

Maybe the Cubs did make a deal with the devil to acquire that elusive championship...

Colbert, by the way, attended Northwestern, so he knows the market of Cubs fans and has capitalized on the team's popularity over the last couple years, calling them the GOAT; rubbing Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo for luck; and dressing up as a hot dog vendor at Wrigley Field.