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One of the perks of being President of the United States is the jersey collection you build up while in office.

Teams large and small make the trek to D.C. to have a photo taken after championships, and the POTUS gets some new personalized gear for his closet. Sometimes, though, it's an awkward moment.

The Los Angeles Kings had their moment with President Obama on Tuesday afternoon. Normally no great cause for concern, but the Kings happened to humble the President's hometown Blackhawks last night after a late third period goal sent the Hawks down, 5-4.

"I'm a little resentful -- coming from Chicago -- that L.A. seems to be getting all these championships," Obama said.

Upping the awkward factor was Kings coach Darryl Sutter's vow to press Obama on the Keystone pipeline:

"I'm gonna ask him about it - damn right I am," Sutter - a former Blackhawks player and coach himself - told The Hill before the ceremonial White House meeting.

"It's 20 feet underground," Sutter, a ranch owner in Canada, told The Globe and Mail of Toronto. "How can we not want to keep North America (energy self-sufficient)? Why does the border have to separate that? It doesn't make sense. For sure, I'm going to ask him."

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President Obama bounces a soccer ball off of his head during an event to honor the 2012 championship seasons of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings hockey team and the Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy on Tuesday in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kings coach Darryl Sutter is next to the president at left, Galaxy forward Landon Donovan is at right, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is behind Donovan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talked to ESPN's Chris Berman at halftime of the Monday night game. Obama predicts the Chicago Bears can win the Superbowl.

Obama is ready for a Bears Super Bowl. And while both men have had their share of fumbles with political football in this election, he knows who the real commander in chief is when it comes to getting the ball on the ground:

"Best defense in the league right now," Obama said at halftime during the New Orleans Saints win over the Philadelphia Eagles. "You saw (Sunday's) game. (Charles) Tillman may be defensive player of the year the way he's playing."


Tillman forced four fumbles Sunday in the Bears 51-20 dismantling of the Tennessee Titans and has already been defensive player of the month once this season.

President Obama had a busy day. He spoke to the United Nations, addressing a number of issues that are affecting world security and the American presidential political cycle.

He spoke to the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on human rights and human trafficking concerns.

And, of course, he had to address the most pressing issue affecting the United States - the embarrassing reality that is the replacement referee saga in the National Football League.

After the Seattle Seahawks were gifted a game-winning touchdown as time expired agains the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, the Internet exploded. Social media was awash, targeting the injustice suffered by Packer fans at the hands of poor referee judgement and a league that refuses to step in to correct the problem as the lockout of the regular referees drags on.

Things are so bad in NFL fandom, that even Obama felt the need to speak out with the tweet sent to the @BarackObama feed Tuesday afternoon. Of course, any federal support on the issue would probably go a long way in the swing state of Wisconsin. Seattle is solid blue on the political map anyway.

And, in case you missed it, the play in question: