President Barack Obama’s Bracket is Boring, But Smart
Obama has North Carolina defeating Kentucky in the national title game. Missouri and Ohio State are his other Final Four picks.
The last two years, the president has picked Kansas to win it all only to see the Jayhawks get bounced early. When he took the Tar Heels in 2009, Roy Williams and Co. cut down the nets.
There are hardly any upsets to be found – not just in the later rounds, but anywhere. Perhaps the only exception is the inclusion of North Carolina State, a No. 11 seed, in the Sweet 16.
I know that he’ll take a lot of flak for not going out on a limb, but I honestly think Obama’s on the right track here. The way to win a tournament pool is by playing the odds most times. A brilliant upset pick that comes to fruition is flashy, but it’s more about calculated risks.
And if nothing else, this is a very political savvy bracket. Surprise, surprise. Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina are all in that swing state category, and in an election year, he just can’t afford to miss an opportunity to score points.