Michael Kaiser in 2010. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser seemed a tad distracted at Saturday’s Washington National Opera ball. Why? In addition to his official meet-and-greet duties, he was furtively checking the scores of the two NCAA men’s basketball semi-final games.

Correctly predicting Louisville and Michigan in the championship game landed Kaiser’s bracket near the top of ESPN’s national leaderboard. “I’m in the 99.7 percentile,” he proudly told us Monday. “I love college basketball.” More than eight million hoops fans entered the bracket challenge; only 1.4 percent successfully picked the final two teams.

For tonight’s game, Kaiser’s going with underdog 4th-seed Michigan to defeat the top-ranked Cardinals and take the title: “I thought the Big Ten was the best conference this year, and they also have the player of the year, Trey Burke.”

So, yeah, a serious sports nut. The acclaimed arts administrator is throwing out the first pitch at the May 11 Nats game and confessed his dream job: “I really want to run a sports franchise. Who wouldn’t?”

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