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Predicting Obama’s NCAA Predictions

I’m not a David Frum fan per se.  However, he is one of the few conservatives that I actually listen to when he appears on MSNBC or CNN. 

Here, predicts how President Obama will make his picks for the 2011 NCAA tournament next Tuesday. 

Frum puts a delightful political spin on the POTUS’ picks.  The thing is, he just may have hit on something.  Check it out…

Frum Forum

President Obama will be completing his NCAA men’s basketball tournament picks on Tuesday afternoon so they can be revealed on ESPN Wednesday.  The president takes his basketball seriously, but rest assured that his political team will make sure that Obama takes this opportunity to score a few bonus points with the voters (and fans) of the nation’s swing states.  Rather than dissect his decisions post hoc, below are a few predictions as to how the president will balance his inner basketball guru with his day job as the world’s leading political figure.

East: The president will have Ohio State beating North Carolina in the round of 8.  There are a lot of crazy Buckeye fans in Ohio that vote.

West: Michigan will get out of the first round despite being ripe for an upset.  The president will have Arizona knocking off Texas.  He will also have Penn State winning its first round game over Temple.  Ultimately, he picks Duke.  Sure, it’s an elite private school….but it is in North Carolina.

Southwest: Expect the president to pull a fast one on us and pick UNLV over the largest school in his home state, Illinois.  The people in Illinois like him.  The people of Nevada are, well, less sold on his virtues.

Obama will also shock us and pick Georgetown to fall in the first round, since there is nothing to be gained by supporting an elite private school located inside the beltway (also, Georgetown has looked awful without its star player Chris Wright and it is far from clear whether Wright is actually going to be healthy).  Ultimately, the president picks Notre Dame to emerge from the bracket.  Let’s not forget that the president spoke at the home of “Touchdown Jesus” and the school not only has clout in Indiana, it also has a huge nationwide fanbase.

Southeast: The president advances Michigan State over UCLA in the first round, leading him to have to pick between a Michigan school and the University of Florida.  Having already pleased Michigan State alums by picking them to upset UCLA, Obama will pick Florida to advance all the way to the Elite 8.  He’ll also have Wisconsin heading to the round of 16.  Eventually, the president will have Pitt and Florida clashing in the battle of chalk.  An unenviable decision to make for a man that needs to win both states, the president will opt for Pitt.

Thus, Obama will have a Final Four of: Ohio State, Duke, Pitt, Notre Dame.  In his national championship game, the President will have Pitt knocking off Ohio State.

Metrodome Roof Collapses Under 17 Inches of Snow [VIDEO]

Huffington Post

The inflatable roof of the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium collapsed Sunday and roads were closed throughout the upper Midwest as a storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in some areas crawled across the region.

A blizzard warning was in effect for parts of eastern Iowa, southeastern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois, and northern Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Surrounding areas including Chicago were under winter storm warnings.

The Metrodome’s Teflon roof collapsed after Minneapolis got more than 17 inches of snow. No injuries were reported. The snowfall that ended Saturday night was one of the five biggest in Twin Cities history, National Weather Service meteorologist James McQuirter said. Some surrounding communities got more than 21 inches of snow, he said.

Fox News has dramatic video from inside the Metrodome of the roof collapsing.

The Orioles’ Luke Scott Is A Birther. So…That’s Interesting.

Oh boy!  Another “birther” comes out of the closet…

Mediaite

David Brown of Yahoo’s Big League Stew talked to Orioles DH Luke Scott yesterday. Scott is an interesting subject, and the two mostly talked about topics other than baseball, focusing on things like deer hunting, Ted Nugent, and President Barack Obama. And because of some views Scott holds about the latter, he – and everyone else – will hear about this interview for a long time.

Scott is an interesting interview subject, because he’s not afraid to speak his mind. He once openly admitted he brought a gun to the ballpark before he realized it was illegal. Brown certainly knew what he was getting into when he started getting more political with his questions – and it paid off, because Scott gave no-frills, compelling responses. Even when talking about Nugent, here’s what he said:

“[H]e’s an American. He has the core beliefs of what it means to be an American in his heart. He lives by those beliefs and those principles. It’s the same beliefs that our forefathers, who fought for our country, have.”

He later went into some more detail about what he thought at least some of those beliefs and principles are (or at least, what they aren’t):

It’s not that you’re supposed to take from those who have and give to those who haven’t. That kills a country. It killed Russia.

[...]

That’s what communism does. Cuba, Venezuela. People are trying to escape these lands like a plague. What would make a human being swim 90 miles in shark-infested waters on a raft made of tires and planks? To leave their culture, their family, their language, their way of life. Everything they’ve ever known. What would make someone do that?

You don’t see people in America doing that. There’s no one here in America swimming the Pacific Ocean — or the Atlantic, or the Caribbean — to leave this place. The reason why is because of the freedom. Freedom for a man to mark out his own destiny.

But the real headline maker was when Brown tried to get a reassurance out of the clearly arch-conservative Scott that at least he didn’t believe that Obama wasn’t actually born in the United States:

“He was not born here.”

And it was funny to see Brown throw in the “editor’s note” of Obama’s birth certificate, but clearly, neither that nor the birth announcements in local newspapers at the time of Obama’s birth will convince some people. It just won’t happen, so it’s not really worth trying. Scott believes what he believes…for whatever reason.

In this case, let’s just appreciate that Scott’s candor gave us one extremely interesting interview to dissect. After all, everyone would hate it if Scott stayed really quiet and/or gave boring answers, too. To his credit, he’ll proudly stand by his beliefs. To his discredit, some of those beliefs are nutty…but hey, they’re fun to talk about, no?

Obama Family Plays Mini-Golf, Sasha Nails Hole-In-One

Sasha is a Gemini, that says it all!  (smile)

Huffington Post

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Sasha Obama is proving that the president isn’t the only golfer in the family.

On a family trip to a miniature golf course, 9-year-old Sasha hit a hole-in-one in front of the watchful eye of the media, and much to the delight of her father, an avid golfer. The president gave Sasha a high-five, and declared her stroke, “unbelievable.”

The president followed up by making par with his two shots on the first hole.

The Obamas are in the Florida Panhandle on a quick weekend trip that the president hopes will jump-start the region’s tourism industry, which has suffered following the Gulf oil spill.

Photos…

World Cup Trophy Vandal: Man Tries To GRAB Trophy

Huffington Post Sports

JOHANNESBURG — A spectator ran onto the field and tried to grab the World Cup trophy Sunday, moments before the Spain and Netherlands players were due to walk out at Soccer City for the tournament’s final match.

A man ran in from a corner of the stadium and raced across the field toward the halfway line, where the trophy had been placed on a pedestal for the players to parade past.

The man was tackled just before he could get his hands on the trophy and was carried away by seven security guards, taken up the tunnel and past the waiting players as the crowd cheered.

Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro, who last lifted the World Cup trophy as winning captain when his team won the title in Berlin four years ago, had carried the trophy onto the field in its Louis Vuitton case. He took it out, and placed it on the stand facing the many dignitaries in attendance.

After Cannavaro left the field, the trophy stayed alone on the grass awaiting the arrival of the two teams. It was eventually taken off after the Dutch and Spanish national anthems were played.

Both Spain and the Netherlands are trying to win their first World Cup.

In the semifinals, an Italian fan carrying a vuvuzela ran onto the field during Spain’s win over Germany on Wednesday to protest the exclusion of a player from Italy’s squad.

Paul The Octopus Makes TWO Final World Cup Predictions!

Two days ago, I started paying attention to that amazing octopus who as of yesterday was 7 for 7 in its predictions of World Cup events.  Today, Paul the octopus nailed it!  He chose Spain and Spain won!

Huffington Post – 7-10-10

UPDATE: PAUL THE OCTOPUS IS NOW SEVEN FOR SEVEN. AMAZING. If Spain wins the World Cup final on Sunday, he will be eight for eight.

Paul, the remarkable oracle octopus whose knack for predicting the outcome of World Cup games has earned him worldwide fame as well as “revenge grilling” death threats, has outdone himself. The precious prognosticator made two final World Cup picks on Friday, putting his hard-earned credibility on the line in a bold gambit.

The generous genius predicted that Germany will conquer Uruguay in the tournament’s third-place game on Saturday, and he picked Spain over the Netherlands in the final on Sunday — the first non-German game the majestic mollusk has ever predicted.

Paul’s prophetic picks have been unassailable during the World Cup. By choosing between two mouth-watering mussels, Paul indicates which team he knows will win. The soccer sage successfully forecasted all four of Germany’s victories and both of the country’s losses.

Scroll down for photos of the elegant Oracle from Oberhausen, as well as a video of him making his profound predictions.