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Updated: December 12, 2012 6:39AM

Hoop du Jour...

How much does President Barack Obama -- who wept Wednesday while thanking his campaign staff for their devotion -- like winning?

Check out the following details from Obama’s Election Day ritual basketball game Tuesday afternoon. ◆Former NBA star Scottie Pippen, a newcomer to Obama’s basketball crew, was surprised how competitive the game was. (Pippen, actually, spent a lot of time on the bench.) ◆ Obama, whose team won, and his teammate Alexi Giannoulias did the majority of the trash talking. ◆Obama named himself team captain and personally selected Pippen to be on his team. ◆The basketball jerseys were blue and white and each one had the number 4 on them -- to signify “four more years.” ◆The refs had experience at the high school and college levels but took a lot of grief for every call they made. ◆There were no dunks-- Pippen told Sneed a few months ago he never planned to dunk again after a recent surgery. ◆Normally no one plays Obama “soft”, but Tuesday may have been a bit of an exception, considering “no one wanted to make any news”...especially after jokes were made about the president wanting Giannoulias on his team in light of the bruised ribs Obama suffered from the former Illinois state treasurer’s elbow four years ago. POTUS reportedly said: “I want Alexi on my team, I can’t risk getting banged up.” ◆Top scorers were Alexi (32 points), Scottie (21 points) and Reggie “Bodyman” Love and former Bull Randy Brown (20 points each).

The Revolving Door...

Hmmmm. The big question for the four-star general who stepped down because he stepped out. ◆Was CIA chief David Petraeus, who abruptly resigned Friday for having an extramarital affair, distracted by the familial fallout from the illicit relationship -- or was he consumed by the paramour’s attentions -- during the fiery debacle in Benghazi, Libya, which could have cost the president the election? ◆Huh? Although the White House says the general’s resignation has nothing to do with Benghazi, the timing for the resignation is soooooo bizarre. Why now... shortly before his testimony next week before the congressional Intelligence Committees probing what really happened in Libya?

The Revolving Door II...

Isn’t it true U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, who is dealing with his own fallout from a gun sale scandal, will be the next to exit the cabinet door? Sneed bets it is. ◆Backshot: Holder, who is this/close to the president, was cited for contempt by the House for refusing to reveal documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, run by the ATF, which failed to seize hundreds of known illegal guns that wound up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Two of the guns involved were found near the scene of a shooting that killed a border patrol agent in December 2010.

The Lincoln Movie...

Listen up! The critically-praised Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was filmed for such historical effect -- that a special effects team was dispatched to the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield from Hollywood to record “the sounds of Lincoln’s dinner bell, law office clock and Mary Todd Lincoln’s music box,” according to a Sneed source.

Nate’s Plate...

Yum. Nate Silver, the statistician who correctly predicted the election outcome in every single state, used to be a Chicago food blogger on his site called “The Burrito Bracket.” He visited all the small Mexican restaurants in Wicker Park, ordered the same thing at each one and then ranked his favorites in a bracket.

I Spy...

Actor David Schwimmer stopped by RL for a late lunch Thursday… and Jennifer Beals stopped by the same resto for dinner... and former Chicago Bear Donnell Woolford was spotted dining at Rosebud Naperville for dinner Thursday.


Saturday’s birthdays: Tracy Morgan, 44; Miranda Lambert, 29, and Jason Erkes, 43. Sunday’s birthdays: Demi Moore, 50; Leonardo DiCaprio, 38, and Calista Flockheart, 48.

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