Well, actually, let me put that another way: Hey Dan, can you figure out a way to put “President Obama” in a headline about the NCAA tournament? (Answer: duh.)
Anyhow, George Washington Coach Mike Lonergan evidently thought his Colonials would receive increased consideration by the White House this tournament season, seeing as how their campus is just a short stroll from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Wrong, sir.
Michelle Obama I hope you chose @GW_MBB over Memphis in your bracket!— Mike Lonergan (@MikeLonergan) March 19, 2014
Obama, in his yearly ESPN bracket, instead opted for eighth-seeded Memphis to advance to the round of 32. He also predicted local-ish standard bearer Virginia, a No. 1 seed, would lose to fourth-seeded Michigan State in the Sweeet 16. (Obama’s full bracket isn’t out yet, but this ESPN.com video shows most of his picks.)
Now, were this an isolated case, maybe it would have been harder to exploit for a cheap headline. But it’s not!
In 2013, Obama picked second-seeded Georgetown to lose in the Sweet 16, one step before the Hoyas’ seeding would have suggested. In 2012, he had third-seeded Georgetown losing its second game, again before the team’s seeding would have suggested. 2011 was slight-free, but in 2010, Obama had fourth-seeded Maryland bowing out to fifth-seeded Michigan State.
Never mind that local teams have consistently lived down to his expectations. Standard bracket etiquette demands at least a cursory nod toward your nearest schools. I’m currently accepting all theories as to why D.C. area schools are not receiving this Presidential Benefit of the Doubt. Yes, you are allowed to blame Congress.
GEORGETOWN FANS ARE WEIRD
Speaking of Georgetown, some of their enthusiastic NIT fans made NBC Washington’s newscast for being weird. Here they are, being weird. (Via @BarstoolNate)
PATRICK STEVENS WINS BRACKETOLOGY
Patrick Stevens — the former Maryland beat writer for the Washington Times — continues to receive national acclaim for his Bracketology excellence. For the second year in a row, Stevens predicted the entire 68-team field correctly, this time getting 67 of the 68 teams within one digit of their actual seeding. That’s well done, and puts him in pretty unmatched territory when compared with his bracket-making peers.
WERTH ON HITTING
Jayson Werth likes to think, and talk, about hitting. From Adam Kilgore’s story in Wednesday’s paper:
“Just because you can do something else doesn’t mean you can hit. If you can hit, you can do anything. Because it’s the hardest thing to do. There’s nothing harder. I can bake a cake. I could figure out a way to do algorithms. But a guy that knows how to do algorithms could never hit. It’s literally the hardest thing to do. If you can do the hardest thing, you can do anything else.”
Quite a color.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats play Houston at 6 on MASN. All radio and TV listings are here.