“Our Father, who art on hardwood, Basketball be thy name. Thy tourney come, thy Dance be done, in Greensboro as it is in the Dean Dome. Give us this day our daily win, and forgive us our travels, as we forgive those who travel against us. And lead us not into technicals, but deliver us to New Orleans, for thine is the hoop, and the ball, and the glory, forever and ever. Go Heels. Amen.”—
According to ESPN, President Obama has Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri, and UNC as his Final Four picks for this years NCAA tournament. They’ll air the interview that has all of the details of his bracket choices on SportsCenter tomorrow. For the last two years, he picked Kansas to win it all, and they let him down. In 2009, he picked UNC, and we won the championship.
Obviously, he should pick UNC as the NCAA Championship winner. Not just because we’re awesome, but because it will help him politically. Let me break it down for you:
The staff and students of UNC are all likely to vote in this year’s election, and there are 41,442 of them.
Not to mention all of the alumni, and general Tar Heels fans.
While McCain won Missouri by only 0.15%, Obama shouldn’t blow his bracket trying to curry favor with them because a) they have fewer electoral votes than North Carolina (only 11), and b) they don’t care about basketball like voters in North Carolina do.
There is no chance of Obama winning Kentucky in the election, so obviously he shouldn’t pick them.
The only other vaguely reasonably pick from a political standpoint would be Ohio State. Ohio is a swing state with 20 electoral votes, and Obama only won it by 4.59% (258,897 votes) in 2008. Now, OSU only has 92,661 students and staff, but they have a lot of statewide support. Again though, Ohio State is more of a football school, and they’re less likely to remember Obama picking them as NCAA basketball champs.
TL;DR Obama should pick UNC to win the national championship for his bracket because we’re awesome and it will help him win North Carolina in the presidential election.
Update: Obama picks the Swing State University Tarheels to win the 2012 championship!
Hey remember last year when Charles Clotfelter’s book Big Time Sports at American Universities came out with a study that indicated, among other things, a school’s participation in the NCAA tournament led to a reduced usage of the institution’s academic databases in March compared to peer institutions not participating in the tournament?
Also the entire “free world” is just a love letter to the penis so do we really need more poems about it?
I say no
"I remember sayin’ I don’t care either way Just as long as he or she is healthy, I’m okay And then the doctor pointed to the corner of the screen And said, ‘You see that thing right there? Well, you know what that means’.”
- Brad Paisley, “Ode to the penis on the ultrasound" "Anything Like Me"
Yeah I was in the same boat with my Scouting experience. We focused almost exclusively on the Scouting stuff and much less on the "God and Country" bits. I think it was because we had a couple of Jewish scouts and we wanted everyone to feel included. Are you an Eagle by any chance?
Yep, I’m an Eagle.
I thought the Scouting was, you know, what Scouting was about, and didn’t realize until later in my career that those were only the values in certain troops, and I was very surprised whenever we went to bigger functions like summer camp or jamboree and the overall priorities for BSA were… different.
You're lucky. I don't think your boy scout experience was the norm. My brother was in it during the same time and it was much worse already. I think they're talking about 80s here.
That’s definitely true. Most of the leaders in my troop were more into camping and the environment than the God and Country business, which is why my dad put me and my brother in that troop and took on a role in that leadership, while the more conservative families migrated to the other troops in town
“Epistemic closure is a recently defined philosophical term that describes someone who is so thoroughly encased in the echo chamber of their own ideology that they are completely immune to considering other viewpoints. The term is derived from the Greek word pistis which means faith or trust. When people live in epistemic closure, they are immune to integrity because they only trust people who already agree with their ideology. They scan potential sources of information for the presence of code words that indicate whether or not the speaker can be trusted as a member of their own ideological tribe. As a pastor communicating in our “post-truth” environment of ideological tribalism, I try to be very attuned to both the code words that make me trustworthy and those that instantaneously discredit everything I have to say.”—Persecution and Epistemic Closure (via azspot)