By West Coast Craig
WHITE HOUSE BOWLING LANES – Funny thing about writing a Monday post, I get a lot of these holiday specials, so most of you reading this arenâ€™t stealing moments from work, youâ€™re doing this on your own time. So, thanks for tuning in! There were at least a few things going on in the world of Sports this weekend that could bear comment, from Daytona to NBA All Stars to Westminster Dogsâ€¦but itâ€™s Presidents Day so I figured Iâ€™d try to be at least on theme here with some little known trivia.
Our current man in office is easily the best basketball player to ever grace the White House court, though Abe Lincoln, our tallest president, had over a two-inch height advantage and despite his lanky frame could probably post up pretty goodâ€¦ had basketball been invented in his lifetime. No, Honest Abe had to settle for the sports of the era, like wrestling bears and other men, which was a pretty good way to meet other men probably. Howard Taft is credited with being the first president to throw out a first pitch but did you know that at the time he was the also the reigning Nathanâ€™s Hot Dog Eating Champ? Teddy Roosevelt, perhaps the greatest sportsman president of all time, was an avid big game hunter, tennis player, fisherman and, later on, gave a strong showing against Man Oâ€™ War in a match race. William Henry Harrison was an avid power walker. Everyone knows Richard Nixon loved to bowl, but when he was Vice President under Ike, he once donned a mask and wrestled the Fabulous Moolah for an inter-gender belt under the pseudonym The Persian Pansy. He was the heel. Before the stock market crash in 1929, Herbert Hooverâ€™s claim to fame was that he once did a marathon jitterbug contest for six straight days. Millard Fillmore was a big fan of the English game rounders, and during his presidency actively tried to promote it over the burgeoning sport of base ballâ€¦ which is why he was the last Whig president. George Washington tried to invent a game called Throw The Silver Dollar Across The Potomac, but even though he got one across, he and his friends lost hundreds more and vowed never to play again. Woodrow Wilson rode in the 1916 Tour De France, to secretly to get the lay of the land for the first World War. Jimmy Carter, being from the south where it was simply a part of the culture, was a heralded knobfighter as a young man. No, that wasnâ€™t the MTM filter, itâ€™s a very rural localized sport where a group of kids would be blind folded, put in a ring with a sack full of doorknobs and then fight until only one was left standing. Warren G. Harding loved playing dodgeball but he was terrible at it. FDR played right field for the St. Louis Browns during WWII. Amazingly, he was out there with his leg braces and everything but since nobody watched St. Louis Browns games, he was able to keep his polio a secret. John Quincy Adams earned his way through college by entering bar bouncer contests, and could toss a midget a good nine feet. George W. Bush was a cheerleader.
So there you have it, a rich history of our nationâ€™s highest office and sports of the times. Hope everyone enjoys the day off today, those who do have it. And hey, props to The Matts for the new videos galavanting around Florida with the Super Bowl Winners.