April 2nd, 2009
10:37 AM ET
9 years ago

Lawmakers outlast legal scholars in charity hoops match

Republican John Thune, pictured in this file photo, set aside partisan differences and joined forces with Democratic lawmakers to win a charity basketball game in Washington.

Republican John Thune, pictured in this file photo, set aside partisan differences and joined forces with Democratic lawmakers to win a charity basketball game in Washington.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A bipartisan group of legislators set their differences aside Wednesday night and joined forces at a local high school gymnasium to narrowly defeat a team of law professors in a charity basketball game, thus making the overused political sports metaphors that usually fly so freely on Capitol Hill actually appropriate for just one fleeting, magical evening.

Sens. John Thune, R-South Dakota, and Robert Casey, D-Pennsylvania, lead their “Hill’s Angels” team to a 48-42 victory over the “Hoya Lawyas,” comprised of faculty and staff members from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Rep. Joe Baca, D-California, scored the game’s first basket, which went unanswered by either team for the game’s opening minutes. Among those with strong performances for the congressional team were Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Reps. Jay Inslee of Washington, Andre Carson of Indiana and Frank Kratovil of Maryland.

Mervyn Jones, son of the late Ohio congresswoman and long-time “Hill’s Angels” coach Stephanie Tubbs Jones, scored a lay-up and free-throw in the game’s final seconds to clinch victory for the federal lawmakers. Rep. Tubbs Jones died last August of a brain aneurysm.

The annual match-up, now in its 22nd year, was organized by Georgetown law students and raised an estimated $335,000 for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, an organization that provides legal services to homeless and low income District of Columbia residents.

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  1. Pee Wee

    Thanks for the article CNN. While Congress is considering a measure that could ban books (albeit in a limited role right now) we get results of the "arm-chair point guards" classic.

    In these economic hard times, maybe you could boost employment numbers and hire someone to cover important matters.

    April 2, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Nathan Riedel

    Great cause. It's nice to see lawmakers doing this kind of bipartisan thing! Senator Thune is quite the basketball player. The media likes to talk about Obama's game, but people on Capitol Hill know that he is no match for the South Dakota senator. Would be fun to see them play one-on-one. I don't know if the Prez would be willing though....

    April 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. david, CA

    The featured photo of Republican John Thune for this story seems to indicate that it is he that somehow deserves more credit for this bipartisan effort. The photo throws out of balance the entire thrust of the story which is BIpartisanship. It's not a story about a single person or party.

    April 2, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Roland

    Alright now boys and girls, get back to work now !

    April 2, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Steph

    It is great to see that some politicians can come together for a good cause.

    April 2, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Mike in VA

    David, get over yourself. It's unlikely CNN had a team photo to use, so they picked one of the two Senators credited with "leading" the team to victory. Your response shows that YOU are completely "out of balance" if you are so rabidly partisan that you complain about the lack of bipartisanship in a picture that accompanies an absolutely meaningless story.

    April 2, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. arithmetic is liberal

    You give us a story like this, and the best art you can come up with it to accompany is a picture of John Thune looking a bit impacted?

    I want photos of lawmakers and lawyers doing layups!

    April 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Bill Ayers

    This is a great idea! Maybe the entire house and senate could square off in a softball game or kickball game. Lord knows it must get boring up on Capitol Hill with nothing to really do. The stock market is coming back today so everything seems to be blowing over.

    April 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Jillian Collins

    All of the members of Congress who participated in last night's game were generous with their time and their support for a great cause. Those of us at Home Court were impressed by the bipartisan effort and the members' dedication to help the homeless. For more information on Home Court and the annual charity basketball game, please see http://www.homecourtdc.org. For more information on the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, go to http://www.legalclinic.org/.

    April 2, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Franky

    I see how it is...we invite you to come play with us but you do us bogus, huh? LOL!!

    Hey, we also donate to charity(my family as well), whether is old clothes we got, money, or whatever we got. I see how it is, I see how it is, is cool...LOL!!

    April 2, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. TX Indy

    Terrific story. I luv to see both sides working together.

    April 2, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Patrick Walling

    After playing in the game for the Hoyas, I can say that while Senator Thune was quite impressive, Frank Kratovil (D-MD) was really outstanding. He was a sensational ball-handler and I don't think Congress would have outlasted us without him.

    April 2, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Jackie in Dallas

    Ah, give them a break, Roland. Surely playing basketball together will help them reach out across the aisles in Congress. Gee, President Bush spent 30% of his two terms clearning brush in Crawford, but let President Obama take a couple of hours off, or some of our legislators take some time off to perform together in a treasured tradition supporting a charity, and you tell them to get back to work?

    Nathan, you are right, that might be an interesting one-on-one match to see. Thune might be surprised at Obama, though....it might not be such a blow off as you anticipate!

    April 2, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Liberals Are Stupid

    Leave it to a liberal to whine and complain about the picture in this story.

    April 2, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    My spouse and I donate to charity as well. Too bad legislation is being pushed that's going to limit charitable deductions for higher income earners.

    While it's true they get, percentage-wise, a larger deduction, it's also because they're giving a larger amount.

    I cannot see how this is not considered a direct attack on the poor. It's the CHARITY that's going to lose out. The wealthy will always find another deduction.

    April 2, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    Another earth shattering news story from CNN! Remember folks you heard it here first!

    April 2, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |