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Originally published Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:02 PM

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No hard fouls on President Obama's drives to the basket

Dwight Perry's Sideline Chatter.

The Seattle Times

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Not in our White House.

President Barack Obama was nigh untouchable as he took part in a pickup basketball game in Chicago on election day, but then again, who'd want to foul him with all those Secret Service agents around?

"I thought the lanes opened up when Michael Jordan used to drive," ex-Bull Scottie Pippen, who played on Obama's team, told the NBA team's website. "I used to be like, 'wow.'

"But when I saw the president drive, I thought they were bringing the whole motorcade through the lane, it was so wide."

NFL headlines

• At TheOnion.com: "After success of London NFL games, Goodell thinking about trying one game a year in Jacksonville."

• At SportsPickle.com: "Cowboys owner gives Cowboys GM a contract extension."

Green & Gold Dept.

Washington and Colorado residents made history Tuesday when they voted to legalize recreational marijuana use.

In a related story, half the Oregon football players put in transfer requests to the Huskies and Buffaloes.

Seasoned veterans

This would be one spicy sideline interview: ESPN reporter Lisa Salters and Bears defensive end Julius Peppers.

Slam-dunk best-seller

Online auctioneer SCPAuctions.com has some jerseys, rings and other items from hoops hall-of-famers Oscar Robertson, David Thompson and Sam Jones up for bid.

Wake us up when they get around to Wilt's little black book.

Political football

Here's one college the BCS computers can't compute: the Electoral College.

"Except for Florida," pointed out Times reader Bill Littlejohn, "Mitt did carry the SEC."

I'll take a case, please

Scientists say they've developed a new drug that might erase painful memories.

Marketers predict it'll immediately supplant hot dogs as the No. 1 seller at Cubs concession stands.

Talking the talk

• Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, after South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Alabama could beat a pro team or two: "In defense of those NFL teams, they might be at a disadvantage since Alabama doesn't have a salary cap."

• Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis, to the San Jose Mercury News, on the 49ers' creativity in the run game: "I don't think I've seen some of these plays since the Tecmo Super Bowl. They throw the house at you."

• Jeff Gordon of STLtoday.com, on WWE honcho Linda McMahon spending about $100 million of her rasslin' money on two failed political campaigns: "But it would have been way more interesting if she backed the Iron Sheik with her millions."

0 for 83

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden turned 83 on Thursday.

Alas, his first attempt to blow out the candles went wide right.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com

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