If President Obama made money every time he was wrong about something, he might just be able to pay off our national debt – single-handedly. Atop the “if you like your healthcare you can keep it” lie or the joke that this is the “most transparent administration,” this week President Obama once again will be wrong. Luckily, unlike other past failures, this gaffe won’t have long-term consequences on the vitality of our nation.
This week, the president released his 2014 March Madness bracket. Just like his namesake healthcare law, his bracket may need some revision. President Obama predicted that his neighbors, The George Washington University Colonials (24-8) will lose to the University of Memphis Tigers (23-9) on Friday, March 21. GW head coach Mike Lonergan was quick to call out the president – unlike MSNBC. He tweeted, “Barack Obama I saw your bracket on @ESPNU you did with @ESPNAndyKatz You picked Memphis over your neighbors in Foggy Bottom? Come on man!”
All politics and kidding aside, even though the GW Colonials are the underdogs, they are ready and able to pull off an upset. The school is often known for its high tuition rates and wonky students, not so much for its athletic department. The team hasn’t made it to the NCAA tournament since 2007 and has been an afterthought ever since. However, GW is a young and well-accomplished team this year.
The Colonials have the full potential to win on Friday, they just need to bring it all they’ve got. Heading into the competitive Atlantic 10 tournament, GW had won four games in a row and five of its last six to earn a 9 seed in the Big Dance. Their steady season includes wins against Creighton, VCU, UMass, and Saint Joseph’s – all of which are also in the NCAA tournament. Additionally, five players have scoring averages in double figures. Top players include Maurice Creek, who leads with 14.3 points per game, guard Kethan Savage (12.7 ppg), and forward Isaiah Armwood (12.5 ppg).
This matchup between Memphis and GW will certainly entertain. Memphis holds a No. 8 seed to GW’s 9. Even with the Tigers’ wins against Louisville, Gonzaga, and Oklahoma State, they suffered in tough losses to UConn and Cincinnati. While Memphis succeeds in raw talent, it lacks offensive cohesion and defense. The Colonials have had solid performances throughout the season due to being well coached and consistently fighting until the end.
Whether the president is loyal to GW or not, his neighbors will bring their steady “A” game on Friday, like they have all season. Along with reliability, the Colonials will bring a well-matched fight to the court that is sure to be a nail-biter. Maybe Obama could learn a thing or two about dependability from his friends in Foggy Bottom – #RaiseHigh.