Washingtonians enjoy watching basketball, especially given George Mason's recent success. But they also enjoy playing it. A reader offers this report about last night's Congressional Basketball Game:

senator%20john%20ensign.jpgI was at Gallaudet University tonight as the handler for the Washington Wizard's mascot G-Wiz for the Congressional Basketball Game between the Dems and Republicans. Before the game, Senator John Ensign (R-NV) was alone on the court, practicing while many of the other players had not yet arrived. What I saw from this 48-year-old senator with salt & pepper hair was not what I expected. He was nailing three pointers from around the arc. At one point he hit 5 of 6 from NBA range. I was impressed but didn't expect he would continue it during the game.

Well he did. He was crucial to the GOP's 35-27 win over the Dems. As non-partisan as I am, the "Dunkin Donkeys" had a pretty poor showing with the exception of Ron Kind (D-WI) and Kendrick Meek (D-FL). Congressmen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Vito Fossella (R-NY) were impact players, too, but the story was Ensign. He continued to hit 3-pointers and was awarded the GOP MVP.

Senator Ensign's performance is especially impressive given that he injured his hand last year -- while playing basketball, natch.

The basketball court: yet another forum where the Republicans defeat the Democrats.

Sen. Ensign's Damaged Hand [The Hill]

Earlier: March Madness at the DNC: Howard Dean's Standing in the Office Betting Pool


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