On the heels of President Obama’s strangely timed praise of Philadelphia Eagles management and owner Jeffery Lurie and the rehabilitation of Michael Vick, comes this nugget of nuttiness we’ve all come to expect from some Fox News commentators.
Last week, political blowhard Tucker Carlson was filling in for Fox News host, Sean Hannity. Never one to miss an opportunity to turn a seemingly harmless issue into a politically-rooted bashfest, Tucker Carlson decided to weigh in on the matter. This is less about his feelings on the crimes that Michael Vick committed and more about not missing an opportunity to take a pot-shot at the President of the United States. It wasn’t enough for Tucker Carlson to simply state that he doesn’t like Michael Vick and abhors the heinous activities in which he was engaged so many years ago. That’s not “edgy” enough and certainly wouldn’t garner him the narcissistic pleasure that comes with widespread publicity, the likes of which I’m giving him here. To quote Tucker Carlson:
“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should’ve been executed for that. He wasn’t, but the idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs? Kind of beyond the pale.”
After making primarily chalk picks for his Final Four, President Obama finished his bracket with perhaps the ultimate chalk pick by picking the North Carolina Tar Heels as his National Champion. Remember, when the season first started, North Carolina was considered to be the best team in the land and the preseason favorite to cut the nets down in a couple of weeks. Apparently, that resonated with Obama. It’s either that, or those scrimmages he had with Psycho T and the gang left a mighty impression.
In his bracket, Obama has the Tar Heels beating the Louisville Cardinals, although, he forget to enter a tiebreaking score. I guess when you are the most powerful man in the world, you don’t need any stinking tiebreakers.
Obama filled out his bracket — I wonder if the White House has a pool, and if this means better things for sports gambling — and ESPN was there to catch every minute of it. Naturally, President Obama went primarily with the chalk picks as his Final Four looks like this:
Sigh. Take a chance for change, Mr. President. Chalk picks — even though your picks, in all likelihood, look much like the rest of the entries — are the easy way out. Go out on a limb and pick a Final Four of Syracuse, Kansas, Purdue and Xavier. In about 20 minutes, Sportscenter will be showing who President Obama picked as his National Champion.
Looking at his Final Four, I’m betting he picks Louisville or Pitt.
The fact President Obama went to the game is commendable. The fact that he stayed to watch a team like the Wizards beat his Chicago Bulls proves he has the patience and self control for world leadership.
For those of you waiting to see what Barack Obama’s first executive decision would be, I think you have your answer.
The 44th President-elect was on 60 Minutes last night, dishing about this and that. As most of you know by now, he was asked about the BCS and his desire to see an 8-team college football playoff. From his perspective, such a novelty would only extend the season by a few weeks and would give college football a definitive national champion.
As we documented, a lot of athletes are riding Obama’s wave, and again, social change will do that. Washington guard Gilbert Arenas joined in the celebration, but his was done with permanent ink. Arenas indicated he got new tattoos to celebrate Obama’s election, but now we have a picture, courtesy of NBC Washington (and a bunchofblogs).
Gilbert’s fingers believe in change. How about yours?
I’m not sure how many undecided college football fan voters are out there, but Barack Obama might have just secured their vote after his little stint on Monday Night Football last night. During his interview with Chris Berman, Boomer asked the Presidential hopeful the one thing he would change in the sports world. Obama’s answer echoed a sentiment many sports fans long for: a college football playoff.
No more computers and polls, just good old football deciding the champion. It’s a novel concept, I know, but I’m thinking this — this right here — is change we can actually believe in.
As for the equal time portion of this post, John McCain was asked the same question and he said he’d like to see performance-enhancing drugs eliminated from the sports universe. This, like Obama’s desire for a college football playoff, rings just as true. After sitting through the last baseball offseason, dealing with the never-ending Roger Clemens saga, I certainly agree with McCain as well.
Obama’s on the Phillies bandwagon, so make room. The Presidential hopeful announced his fanhood’s candidacy for Philadelphia last Saturday, while maintaining his White Sox fan standing. Obama’s move is similar to Sarah Palin’s puck-dropping ceremony as the candidates try to attract voters using Philadelphia sports.