Scott Brown
Harry Hamburg  /  AP
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. says he thinks he can beat President Barack Obama on the basketball court.
updated 2/24/2010 5:43:48 PM ET 2010-02-24T22:43:48

Could President Barack Obama use the basketball court to avenge a Democrat's loss in a key Senate race?

A spokesman for new Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown says he's game for a matchup offered by the mayor of basketball's birthplace. An Obama spokesman says the invitation is being studied.

Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno said in a letter Wednesday to the White House that the event could benefit charities in the city.

Brown is a Republican who upset Democrat Martha Coakley last month to claim the Senate seat long held by the late Edward Kennedy.

Barely a week after his stunning political win, Brown boasted on "The Jay Leno Show" that he can beat Obama — at basketball. He challenged the president, an avid basketball fan, to a two-on-two showdown and said he'd team up with his daughter Ayla, who plays guard for Boston College.

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