The Arizona Desert Lamp

‘They just squeaked in. Based on reputation.’

Posted in Politics, Random by Connor Mendenhall on 19 March 2009

This week, in a lesser oblation to the Cult of the Presidency, ESPN asked President Barack Obama for his picks in this year’s NCAA tournament. Watch the leader of the free world present his bracket in the video below, and note well his opinion of Wildcat basketball: “I think Arizona’s a great state, I love playing golf there, but they just squeaked in. Based on reputation.” Ouch.

As a Wildcat fan, I can only hope Mr. Obama has filled out his bracket with the same wisdom and foresight that led him to pick Tim Geithner and Tom Daschle.


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  1. Connor Mendenhall said, on 19 March 2009 at 4:38 am

    By the way, I guess this means “I want him to fail.”

  2. Kyle Sandell said, on 19 March 2009 at 7:43 am

    Rush would be proud.

  3. mattstyer said, on 19 March 2009 at 8:21 am

    I’m sort of happy about Obama doing this. All other political figures claim neutrality, and here he is, being open about it. How’s that for transparency!

  4. Laura Donovan said, on 19 March 2009 at 11:35 am

    Why is he even talking about this?

  5. Connor Mendenhall said, on 19 March 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Matt: I agree; it’s fun. Though I think it’s certainly a symptom of America’s infatuation with its Presidents, this is the mild headache that accompanies the projectile vomiting and fever-induced hallucinations of the creeping unitary executive.

  6. Laura Donovan said, on 19 March 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Connor: You summed up my thoughts. What is Obama doing on ESPN when he should be worrying about the country? Is it actually funny to people that the president is wasting his time on sports talk when people are losing jobs and homes?

    Not too long ago, Obama was commenting on Jessica Simpson’s weight problems. If he wants anyone to take him seriously as a president, he needs to stop making shallow appearances on trashy TV shows.

  7. Ben Kalafut said, on 19 March 2009 at 10:43 pm

    I don’t expect a lawyer/”community organizer” to pick a bracket using Bayesian statistics and perhaps some heuristics to infer and weight probabilities based on past seasons, magnitude of wins/losses, and “you beat them, we beat them, but we beat them by 20 and you beat them by 10” assessments. We expect the president to be a bit better than Joe Average, but does anyone really pick brackets intelligently?

  8. Jimi Alexander said, on 20 March 2009 at 3:49 am

    Even as a Wildcat fan, I gotta agree: They got in on the skin of their teeth. A .500 record in conference play and winless on the road (wins against Oregon schools hardly count) aren’t exactly the qualities I think of when I think of tournament-caliber teams. I’m expecting a 10-point win for the Utes tomorrow, though I’ll be cheering my ass off against that scenario.

  9. Connor Mendenhall said, on 20 March 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Ben: good question. My best bracket ever was based on the prices in the TradeSports betting markets the day before I had to submit it to the pool. Alas, they closed up shop last year.

  10. The Stork said, on 20 March 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I love that it has now become “Barack-otology”. Talk about oblation.

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  12. Shain Bergan said, on 22 March 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Hope Obama runs the country better than he makes NCAA Tournament picks. BTW, Arizona’s in the Sweet 16—how’s that for sneaking in based on reputation? We’ve already outlasted 48 other teams, including ASU.

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