In the age of television - sixty-three years old now - anything can happen (and does) but one of the long and well-establlished rules has never been broken: 

  No pickup basketball or football scrimage between  POTUS and journalist during interviews.

  Plenty of good reasons for this rule: What happens if POTUS gets injured (then he has a good reason to blame the press); what happens if he loses (and there was a bet riding on the game); what happens if he sacrifices dignity of the office in pursuit of a three-point shot that misses wide of the mark, and hits the camera...?

  And of course the other implication: If you're chummy enough to play basketball with the prez, then you are certainly not going to ask any question worth a damn...

  Or this: Since when is sitting president supposed to help a TV network promote one of its marquee events?  

  Check this out...

 
EARLY SHOW Co-anchor Harry Smith will go one-on-one with President Barack Obama in a court-side interview before the CBS Newsman and CBS Sports’ lead college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg challenge the President to a game of hoops on the White House basketball court.  Smith’s interview and clips from the game will be broadcast on THE EARLY SHOW Friday, April 2 (7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network Kellogg’s interview with the President, and the game, will be broadcast on Saturday, April 3 (4:00-11:00 PM, ET) during CBS Sports' exclusive live coverage of the 2010 NCAA Final Four®.  The interviews and game are scheduled to occur on Thursday, April 1.

  ( "Today" has an interview with POTUS scheduled for tomorrow; if NBC still had the Olympics, I suppose Matt  would  issue a challenge over something to do with ice or snow...)

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