Michael Jordan likes to play golf and trash talk.
Bill Clinton likes to play golf and knows how to handle trash talk.
The two recently got together on the golf course and, according to the Wall Street Journal (via CBS Sports' Eye on Basketball blog), Jordan was in the ear of the former President of the United States the whole time:
"Clinton loves playing golf with athletes whenever he can. He's played with Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Luke Donald and Michael Jordan, among others. Jordan coaxed him from the white tees to the championship tees by saying, 'You're going to play from the little girls' tee?' Jordan's challenge was for Clinton to break 100; he did."
It is hardly surprising to see Clinton step up his game in the face of Jordan's taunts.
The former basketball god can be quite inspirational when he wants to be.
It worked for the Looney Tunes characters in their memorable defeat on the Monstars. It worked during Jordan's reign in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. And now it worked on a former President of the United States.
Jordan truly doesn't care who and what he smack talks about, either. He's one of the greatest athletes of all times—he's quick, witty and honest in his jabs, and he thrives on getting in his opponent's head.
If he were a boxer it would have been a fun battle between him and Muhammad Ali in the ring of showmanship.
The other thing that everyone would like to know is if this duo put a wager on any of the holes.
Jordan is a notorious gambler on the golf course (and in everything else) and it is hard to believe Clinton wouldn't have fun with that as well. No. 23's competitiveness is contagious.
But you know had the most fun in all this? The caddies.
An 18-hole conversation between Michael Jordan and Bill Clinton could be turned into a book of ridiculous stories.