Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
February 13, 2016

Posts in "Sports Desk"

February 11, 2016

Thom Tillis Pays Bet, Praises Broncos on Floor

Tillis' Panthers lost the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tillis’ Panthers lost in the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner presiding over the Senate, North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis paid off their Super Bowl bet.

Wearing a Denver Broncos orange tie, Tillis, the bet’s mastermind, paid his respects on the Senate floor on Thursday to the Super Bowl champs. “You and I, Mr. President, attended the Super Bowl on Sunday, and I’m sure you agree, it was quite a treat,” Tillis said. He commended the Super Bowl organizers in Santa Clara, Calif., for “making us feel welcome.” Full story

February 10, 2016

Take Five: Rep. Mike Coffman

COPOL14_017_082914

Back home, Coffman tours the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Mike Coffman, R–Colo., talks about the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos, skiing in central Europe and Rocky Mountain oysters.

Q: Who is your favorite player on the Denver Broncos?

A: Peyton Manning. A couple years ago, I met him and I think that I was just so impressed with him, how humble he was. I think he’s a good person, a great role model. It was at a fundraising breakfast for Boy Scouts of America, he was the keynote speaker. That’s where I had the opportunity to meet him. I don’t think he will play another season with this last game being the Super Bowl. In Colorado, [former Broncos quarterback] John Elway had two Super Bowl wins in 1997 and 1998. I think back to back is really hard to do, particularly in the way the NFL does the draft, they try and equalize things. Given the fact that Manning’s 39 years old, I think he’d be wise to retire. Talk about stepping out on such a high note.

Q: Where and with whom did you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday?

A: With family, back in Colorado.

Q: If you could be any profession other than a politician, what would you be?

A: I love my past two professions before I came here. I was in the Marine Corps, but I think I’m too old for that. And I was a small business owner. I love that, being an entrepreneur. If I could go back, I think I would go back to either one of those. I had a property management business that I started from scratch in 1983 and I sold it in 2000.

Q: Do you ski, and if so, when did you learn?

A: Even though I lived in Colorado growing up, I really didn’t get into skiing actually until I was in the United States Army. I joined the Army when I was 17 years old and I think when I was about 18 I was on the border of [the former] Czechoslovakia. And, we drew names out of a helmet to go away there for a week and I drew the winning number. And I got to learn how to do recreational skiing there. When I came back home and went to the University of Colorado, I got into skiing pretty heavily. I now like skiing in Vail.

Q: What is your favorite local Colorado food?

A: Rocky Mountain oysters, usually at a bar. It’s something we do back home; it’s kind of hard to explain. [Editor’s note: Rocky Mountain oysters are fried bull, pig or sheep testicles.]

Contact Gangitano at AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com and follow her on Twitter at @AlexGangitano

Related:

See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call’s new video site.

Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.

February 5, 2016

Lawmakers Bet on the Super Bowl

Either Gardner or Tillis will have to play off the bet. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Either Gardner, left, or Tillis, right, will have to pay off the bet. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina GOP Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr have challenged Colorado Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to a friendly Super Bowl wager ahead of Sunday’s game. On Sunday, the Denver Broncos, lead by quarterback Payton Manning, play the Carolina Panthers, lead by quarterback Cam Newton, in Super Bowl 50.

What’s on the line? A Senate floor speech, similar to what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gave on Monday after the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Panthers in the NFC Championship. Full story

February 4, 2016

Obama, Straight Clownin’ With The NBA Champs

IMG_0014.JPG

President Barack Obama holds up the No. 44 jersey presented to him by the NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday at the White House.

President Barack Obama gave up basketball in 2010 after a bloody lip required stitches. But maybe the 54-year-old president will find a second career on the hardwood.

Okay, that’s not going to happen. But it didn’t stop Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr from floating the idea during a Thursday ceremony at the White House honoring his 2014-15 NBA championship squad.

Kerr joked that Obama “will be a free agent next year” when his second term ends. He presented the outgoing president a white Warriors jersey with Obama’s name and the No. 44 emblazoned on it and called it “a symbol of an offer that is coming.”

Obama nodded and mimicked a jump shot — although hoops fans know Obama would rather sign with his beloved hometown Chicago Bulls.

Speaking of the Windy City’s professional basketball team, Obama — predictably — found a way to mention the Bulls early in the brief ceremony.

He singled out Kerr, who won three of his total NBA titles with the Michael Jordan-led Bulls. Those in the audience laughed as Obama dropped the Bulls line, prompting a knowing shrug from behind the podium.

The president seemed to issue a challenge to the Warriors, who have the best record in the NBA this season at 45-4. He said they may — or may not — break the 1995-96 Bulls’ record of 72 regular-season wins. (Either way, Obama noted, Kerr can claim the record. He was on that Chicago team.)

The annual event did include some politics.

Seated in the front row were California’s own House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who wore the Warriors signature yellow and blue colors.

In a fitting — or corny, depending on your current mood — bit of symbolism, there was an aisle between them. That meant as they chatted before the Warriors and Obama entered, they were, literally, talking…across the aisle.

And Obama summed up the 2014-15 Warriors as an entity who achieved some major goals despite being constantly doubted by “the critics.”

“I can’t imagine how that feels,” he said in a tone tinged with more than a little sarcasm.

But the festivities were mostly about basketball, with Obama calling Warriors star guard Stephen Curry “a pretty good shooter.” (Obama rejected Curry’s assertion that the commander in chief beat him in a golf match last year because Secret Service agents intimidated him. “That was not the case,” Obama deadpanned.)

Curry went 19-28 from the field during a Wednesday night win over the Washington Wizards, making 11 three-pointers en route to a 51-point night. How did Obama sum up Curry’s white-hot shooting night during the Warriors’ 134-121 win?

“He was clownin’,” Obama said before imitating a dance the Golden State star often does when he’s scoring buckets in bunches.

Everyone laughed, including the Warriors players standing on risers behind him. But Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president and a noted sportsman, remained stone faced in a portrait hanging near the scene.

Contact Bennett at johnbennett@cqrollcall.com and follow him on Twitter at @BennettJohnT.

Related:

See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call’s new video site.

Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.

February 3, 2016

Office Space: Bob Casey’s Presidential Suite

Casey is Roll Call's guest on Office Space this week. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Casey is Roll Call’s guest on Office Space this week. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., shows off his office’s historical ties and explains his collection of Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia.

Full story

February 1, 2016

McCain Pays Off a Bet

 

McCain (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

McCain is confident Arizona will have Super Bowl caliber performances next year. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fulfilling a wager made last month, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., congratulated the Carolina Panthers on the Senate floor on Monday for winning the NFC Championship over his home state Arizona Cardinals the week before.

“Unfortunately, even tragically, this is what brings me before you today,” McCain started his speech, explaining the wager. “It’s also why I’m wearing this unsightly (Panther) blue tie, which I’m sure is an assault on the senses of C-SPAN viewers all over the world.”

Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 4:22 p.m.
Sens, Sports Desk

January 29, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 25, 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate spent a week shortened by snow slapping podiums, retracting poor jokes and inhaling blackberries.

Full story

January 20, 2016

Office Space: Rodney Davis’ Illinois Campus

Davis jokes with members walking down the House steps in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Davis jokes with members walking down the House steps in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., walks CQ Roll Call through his collection of college pennants, shows off highlights from Roll Call’s Congressional Baseball Game and humblebrags about his “wolf pack” trophy.

Full story

January 15, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 11, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden leans in to kiss former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., before President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. leans in to kiss former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., before President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite a shortened week, lawmakers still found time to display liquid nicotine, giggle repeatedly and flub Heisman winners.

Full story

January 6, 2016

Barbecue on the Line in College Football Championship

UNITED STATES - JULY 23: Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., blows a bubble as he walks down the House steps following the final vote of the week on Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Duncan is betting on a win for Clemson on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the University of Alabama and Clemson University vie for the NCAA College Football National Championship, Reps. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., and Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., are waging some Southern barbecue and bragging rights on Monday’s contest.

If No. 1 ranked Clemson wins, Sewell will provide ribs from Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Tuscaloosa for Duncan and his office and wear Clemson apparel for a picture on the Capitol steps.

Full story

December 31, 2015

Patrick Meehan Faces Off on Hockey, Winter Classic

UNITED STATES MARCH 4: From left, Team Lobbyists defenseman Sean O'Neill and Team Lawmakers defenseman Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., battle for the puck during the 4th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge at the Verizon Center in Washington on Sunday, March 4, 2012.. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Meehan, right, is a stalwart on Team Lawmakers for the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge. Here he battles for the puck with Team Lobbyists defenseman Sean O’Neill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the hockey world prepares for this year’s outdoor Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, HOH called up Rep. Patrick Meehan, a former professional hockey referee, and talked with the Pennsylvania Republican about life on the ice.

Q: Who is your pick to win the Winter Classic? Full story

December 24, 2015

Congress Bets on Bowl Games

Dingell is hoping her Wolverines will clobber the Gators and she can collect some key lime pie. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dingell is hoping her Wolverines will clobber the Gators and she can collect some key lime pie. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s bowl season and Congress is showing support for its home teams.

Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., are wagering hometown foods on the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Full story

December 23, 2015

Office Space: Joe Wilson’s South Carolina Archive

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., poses for a photo on the House steps with a group of students from Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C., on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Wilson poses earlier this month on the House steps with students from Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., recalls his first trip to Washington, D.C., while finding time to show off his array of plaques, pictures and mementos.

Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.

December 7, 2015

ACLI Capital Challenge Sets 2016 Race Date

UNITED STATES - MAY 20: Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., crosses the finish line as the fastest Senator in the 3-mile ACLI Capital Challenge race at Anacostia Park in Washington on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cotton was the fastest member of Congress in the 2016 ACLI Capital Challenge on May 20. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The fastest men and women in Congress have until May 18 to enhance their speed.

That’s when organizers have scheduled the 35th annual ACLI Capital Challenge, which pits members of the legislative, executive and judicial branches and the fourth branch, the press, in an approximately three-mile footrace at Anacostia Park that establishes absolutely no land-speed records, at least among members of Congress. Full story

November 23, 2015

Tailgating, Mitch McConnell-Style

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McConnell did a little tailgating over the weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ain’t no party like a Mitch McConnell party.

The Louisville, Ky., NBC affiliate caught the Senate majority leader swapping his suit for a red fleece and jeans last weekend to tailgate with friends and family at the University of Louisville Cardinals’ football game. Full story

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...