Before his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Obama wanted to take in some college basketball. To calm down before giving his high profile speech, Barack Obama wanted to watch ESPN, so he could see the Michigan State Spartans take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in a battle of top 15 teams. His staffers shot it down, instead of watching UI vs MSU, they took control of the television and told the most powerful man in the world to watch C-SPAN instead,
A tweet from NBC’s Luke Russert said: “Told that in the Capitol hold room Obama wanted ESPN but said staff prefer he watch the filing in on C-SPAN ahead of #SOTU”
Say what? Who takes the remote control away from President Obama? Who actually wins a television face off with President Obama? Especially since we know how much Barack loves his basketball. It’s his favorite sport as he’s been spotted courtside for both the Washington Wizards and Georgetown.
He also gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Celtics legend Bill Frazier, filled out a bracket with Andy Katz of ESPN, and of course, his brother-in-law is basketball coach at Oregon State.
And he wanted to watch some Iowa versus Michigan State, a game that will have consequence on the Big Ten regular season race. And had some good “white collar basketball” as I call it.
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An MBA and Fulbright scholar, he’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the country; with regular weekly segments on ESPN, NBC, CBS and Fox Sports Radio. A former writer for NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, Banks has also been featured on the History Channel. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)