In fact, he seems to have an endless capacity for rejection on the issue. Brown first proposed a presidential basketball game shortly before he even won the January 2010 special election. When asked by CNN
what message a victory would send to the president, Brown said he wold show Obama "my truck and play some basketball with him."
And on election night, Brown upped the ante: In his victory speech, he proposed
a game of two-on two (with his daughter, Ayla
, who played for Boston College, as his teammate) when he spoke to Obama after his win.
In mid-February 2010, Ayla went on TV and proposed
they charge admission to the game, with proceeds going to earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Springfield, Massachusetts Mayor Domenic Sarno
gave it a shot next, sending a letter to the White House in late February offering to host the game in Springfield (the birthplace
of basketball), with proceeds going to charities in the city. Brown said he was in, a White House spokesperson said
the invitation was being studied.
In mid-March, Brown sent
Obama a reminder: A basketball signed by the BC women's team, where Ayla played.
In April, Brown was asked
in an interview about not getting an invitation yet. "I've made a couple of -- inquiries," he said. "I think I need to step back and not make it competitive."
In June, Brown said
that at the end of a meeting, Obama told him he'd like to have Brown and his daughter to play over the summer. "So I'm excited about that," Brown said.
That game never happened, and Brown didn't bring it up again for a while.
This latest request for a game comes as Brown is locked in a tight reelection race with consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren
. He has been working to burnish his bipartisan credentials and the optics of him on the court with Obama would be great for him now -- especially with Massachusetts Democrats seeking to tie him
to Mitt Romney
-- so the odds of the White House finally taking him up on his request look pretty slim.
But if history is any indication, Brown won't give up anytime soon.