Obama's Bracket: Less Interesting Than C-Span

By Andrew Greiner
|  Thursday, Mar 18, 2010  |  Updated 3:17 PM CDT
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Maybe President Obama had enough excitement with the health care battle, because his NCAA bracket is a snooze-fest.

Where’s the drama? Where’s the intrigue?

The president once again picked the top-seeded tourney team to win the whole NCAA shebang, and has nothing but one and two seeds heading to the Final Four.

His bracket features virtually no upsets -- aside from a few predictable first rounders that everyone's picking -- and he’s got no mid-majors making the Elite Eight.

C’mon, show some gusto, Mr. President.

The prez thinks 13-seed Siena (27-6) will beat 4-seed Purdue (27-5), despite Siena’s lack of quality wins this year. It’s a popular upset pick because the Boilermakers’ Robbie Hummel (F) went down with a knee injury and the team hasn’t been the same since.

Professor Obama also chose the only Ivy League team in the tourney to pull a first round upset against Temple (29-5). 

This isn’t all that surprising either. Speculation is that Cornell (27-4) got hosed on it’s 12 seed because tournament officials wanted a master-student matchup between Cornell coach Steve Donahue taking on his old boss Fran Dunphy. Cornell probably deserved to go higher because their record was stellar and they took Kansas to the wire early in the season.

Again, yawn city.

Perhaps the one intriguing pick is 13-seed Murray State (30-4) over 4-seed Vanderbilt (24-8). Then again, lots of people are sweating Murray State because they’re so darned fast.

Later rounds get even more boring. Georgetown over Ohio State? Snooze. Kansas State over Syracuse? Gah.

The president even picked Duke to make past the Sweet Sixteen – so say goodbye to any testy exchanges between him and Mike Krzyzewski.

Some questioned whether the president was playing politics with his bracket – not picking teams who reside in districts with congressmen who are on the fence about health care.

That’s not a total stretch.

In picking Georgetown to top Ohio State, the president said: “I’m not trying to win electoral votes in Ohio.”

With picks like these, he's obviously not trying to win his office pool, either.

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