As most of you probably know. Our current president fancies himself a bit of a sports enthusiast. He says SportsCenter’s the only program Michelle lets him watch and playing basketball is his one escape from serving as the Leader of the Free World. He even fills out the obligatory swing-state-pandering NCAA college basketball tournament bracket just like the rest of us – well, sort of. I’m not sure Andy Katz will be going over mine on ESPN round-by-round every night for a week, but I think you get the point.
Either way, it’s kinda cool – regardless of his politics. I like that our nation’s Chief Executive is a little plugged in… to something.
Because of that, I was more than pleased to hear that President Obama would be taking in an opening night game between the Mississippi Valley State and the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky University. As an alum of WKU, I was even more pleased to hear that he would be bringing along British Prime Minister David Cameron as well. That’s national exposure and international exposure rolled into one. #recruitingbump.
I found myself watching the game from a bar stool and couldn’t hear the presidential commentary live, so I had to watch it later online at the Tru TV, CBS, TNT, network of stations many of which I’ve never even looked for before; but I found it.
Hmmm? Remarking on the poor play of both teams in the first half, President Obama said,
“It may be nerves. These are not teams that normally end up coming to the tournament.”
These are not teams that normally end up coming to the tournament?
There it is folks. Proof the man’s a F-R-A-U-D!
Removing Mississippi Valley State from the conversation… Western Kentucky University is tied for 10th most appearances ALL TIME (22 appearances). Look it up! They made it to the Sweet 16 in 2008 and the Final Four in 1971.
Let me go over that again for you and add a few more.
- Tied for 10th most appearances ALL TIME
- 22 appearances
- Sweet 16 the year he won the presidential election
- 7 Sweet 16 appearances
- Final Four in 1971
- 14th in NCAA history in all-time wins (1,643)
- 8th in NCAA history winning percentage (.670)
- 40 seasons with 20+wins (6th in NCAA history)
I thought this guy eats, drinks, and sleeps college basketball? No? Maybe he was kind busy in 2008 when the Hilltoppers were dancing to the Sweet 16.
Maybe that year’s One Shining Moment will remind him…
Oh, but he watches ESPN 24/7 just like the rest of us. I guess he forgot about Ty Rogers and the last second win over Drake.