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Obama fills out Final Four bracket for ESPN

I am not a very big basketball fan, so I admittedly know very little about the NCCA college basketball tourney which will be starting soon. The one thing that I do know however is that the Big East conference placed 3 teams as #1 seeds which is a good thing if you are into the local college teams.
The one person that I know for sure that is a huge basketball fan is President Obama and according to the follow Associated Press story, he has filled out his Final Four tournament bracket for ESPN and it will be revealed today on “Sportscenter” at noon.  

NEW YORK – President Barack Obama is picking Louisville, North Carolina, Memphis and Pittsburgh for the Final Four in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The First Hoops Fan indulged in one of the week’s most popular pastimes, filling out his NCAA bracket Tuesday for ESPN. The network, which is posting Obama’s bracket online Wednesday and showing Andy Katz’s report on “Sportscenter” at noon EDT, will reveal the president’s pick for NCAA champion then.

The president stuck primarily with No. 1 seeds. The sole exception was Memphis, seeded No. 2 behind Connecticut in the West regional.

“It was an educated bracket,” Katz said. “He knew what he was doing. It wasn’t some random kind of pick. There were no political favors or anything like that.”


A private campaign promise earned ESPN the hoops scoop.

Katz interviewed Obama during the presidential campaign last October for a story about the president’s brother-in-law, Oregon State head basketball coach Craig Robinson. After the interview, Obama invited Katz to play in a pickup basketball game on Election Day in Chicago, and he did.

Katz extracted a promise from Obama that if elected, the new president would reveal his NCAA picks to ESPN when the pairings were announced in March.

“They stayed true to their word and didn’t hesitate to get it done,” he said.

Even with a lot on his mind, Obama seemed up on the latest news, such as which teams had won conference tournaments and what players were injured, he said.

They even had some good-natured arguing. Katz is picking Wake Forest and Connecticut in his Final Four, along with North Carolina and Pittsburgh. The two men also disagreed on the eventual national champion.

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Super Bowl XLIII Preview and Prediction

The following video from ESPN is a short preview of of Super Bowl XLIII, which as just about every knows by now features the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Arizona Cardinals.

The video does not provide in depth analysis of the game itself but it does give you an idea of what these 2 teams are all about.

If anyone is truly interested in my pick for the game, I feel sorry for you. I really don’t have much of a track record picking winners. However be that as it may, I am going against the general consensus and picking the Cardinals.

Why the Cardinals, no real rhyme or reason. I just have a feeling that this is a Cinderella team and Kurt Warner is this years Prince Charming.

The score:
Cardinals 27  Steelers 20


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Super Bowl XLIII Preview and Prediction

The following video from ESPN is a short preview of of Super Bowl XLIII, which as just about every knows by now features the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Arizona Cardinals.

The video does not provide in depth analysis of the game itself but it does give you an idea of what these 2 teams are all about.

If anyone is truly interested in my pick for the game, I feel sorry for you. I really don’t have much of a track record picking winners. However be that as it may, I am going against the general consensus and picking the Cardinals.

Why the Cardinals, no real rhyme or reason. I just have a feeling that this is a Cinderella team and Kurt Warner is this years Prince Charming.

The score:
Cardinals 27  Steelers 20


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Filed under Arizona Cardinals, Cinderella, ESPN, Kurt Warner, Pittsburgh Steelers, predictions, Preview, Prince Charming, Super Bowl XLIII