Sports Obama’s Bracket
posted by March 21 at 12:32 PMon
Obama officially became my candidate back in January when I saw this ABC News bit asking the (then much larger field of) presidential hopefuls about his/her “guilty pleasure.” The answers were pretty lame and predictable (Fred Thomspon—cigars; Hillary Clinton—chocolate; Joe Biden—ice cream), but then came this gem from Obama:
“Well, now that I have stopped sneaking the occasional cigarette, which made me feel tremendously guilty and my wife was constantly on me about it, I suppose it’s SportsCenter. I know I should go to sleep. But somehow I find myself being able to watch highlights over and over again.”
This is guy is so real, I remember thinking.
My respect and affection for the Senator from Illinois swelled even more when I read his first book, Dreams from My Father, which was originally published in 1995. If you thought his recent speech on race was nuanced and complex, it’s nothing compared to what he does in this book, a satisfying and dense unpacking of his own racial identity and views. (Also, the section on the years Obama spent working his ass off and questioning his ability to change things as a community organizer in Chicago is powerful.)
So, imagine my dismay when I discovered Obama’s NCAA bracket, in which he picks UNC to be the champion. UNC?! Sure, they’re a great team, but it’s a such a predictable choice. Further examination of the bracket reveals that Obama’s vision of this tournament cherished for its upsets, limitless possibilities, and, dare I say it, audacious hope, is safe and uninspiring. Out of the 32 games in the first round, he predicts only 5 upsets. (And Washington voters, it should be noted that two of these upsets are against Gonzaga and WASU, the only two Washington teams in the tournament.)
Am I left to believe his NCAA picks are just political pandering? Barack and I will just have to agree to disagree on the Final Four.
I turn my attention now to the Georgetown v. UMBC game. Hoyas all the way!