SI: Ohio State’s Win over Michigan State Proves the Buckeyes Are Here to Stay … Stay Where, In the Big Ten, the Biggest Joke Power 5 Conference Today?

I KNEW THERE WAS A REASON WHY I CANCELED MY SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SUBSCRIPTION YEARS AGO … ENOUGH OF THE BS THAT OHIO ST IS GREAT.

Even is the Buckeyes win out, sorry, they are not one of the top four teams in college football … NOT EVEN CLOSE. If the committee actually even considers them, then the new format is a greater joke than the BCS. Let me first preface this by saying I miss the old days when Ohio St and Michigan used to be relevant and played some of the best games ever. However, we are along way from that and the Buckeyes being in the same sentence as one of the best college football teams in America.

With all due respect the the Ohio St. Buckeyes and no due respect to the blathering at SI, let’s just call OSU and the Big Ten this year and the past couple of years for what it has been, a total and complete joke.Sorry, but one win against an over-ranked team from your own bad conference does not a Final 4 playoff team make. Sports Illustrated, get over yourself, remember when you used to be relevant? Enough of this statement win nonsense, that goes for you too ESPN. Why don’t you put up one of your famous polls to see what America thinks as to if Ohio State is a Final 4 worthy playoff team. hmm? Who have you played, just Michigan State? This some how makes you one of the 4 best teams in the country, really? Prior to the victory over the Spartans, who was you best win against, Maryland? Exactly who on the schedule below even warrants Ohio State to be in the Top 10, let alone any talk of being apart of the NCAA College football Final 4?  What team(s) in their out of conference games against Navy, VA Tech, Kent State and Cincinnati screams Final 4 worthy?

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Sorry, if a college football team decides to play no one and is a part of a weak, weak conference … NO, THEY SHOULD GET NO CONSIDERATION TO BE CALLED ONE OF THE 4 BEST TEAMS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

First there is Navy who has a current 4-5 record, then there is Kent State out of the MAC who is 1-8. Let us not forget the un-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats out of that football power, the American Athletic Conference, at 5-3. Last but not least there is the 4-5 Virginia Tech Hokies, 1-4 in the ACC,  who the Buckeyes lost to. You lost to them at home and no whining about the QB situation. Then wins against Maryland, Rutgers, Penn St. and Illinois. Even former Ohio State Buckeye and ESPN’ analyst Chris Carter would say, C’mon man, REALLY?

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No Bleacher Report, Ohio State is not playoff worthy. The only thing the Buckeyes are worthy of is winning the Big Ten title, for what that is worth. Forget the euphoria that Ohio State actually won their first game against a top 10 opponent since 2006, which just further exemplifies how down their program has been, but yet inflated by ridiculous past poll ranking by playing nothing but cupcakes. So now Ohio State has beat Michigan St, just curious, who have the Spartans played, the Oregon Ducks? Who they wound up losing to 46-27. It must have been those wins against Jacksonville St, Eastern Michigan and Wyoming that warranted that #8 ranking. I guess everyone ignored that #61 SOS of the Spartans. Oh, and by the way, Ohio St. is #53.

This was supposed to be a statement game for the Big Ten’s  best team, and it was. It just turns out that that team is Ohio State, not Michigan State. The Buckeyes grabbed the Spartans’ statement, read it aloud on national television, and now you can get ready for a whole lot of Urban Meyer and Ohio State — not just this season but next, too.

No. 14 Ohio State beat No. 8 Michigan State, 49-37, and afterward the Buckeyes let the media in on a little secret: They knew this would happen. They didn’t “know” in the way that young athletes sometimes assume they will win, no matter who they play. They really knew they would beat Michigan State. They knew how and why.

Because Meyer is such a good coach, and the Big Ten is so weak, the Buckeyes have been able to win while they build. The Big Ten helped them look better than they were the last two years. And if the Buckeyes played in a better league, they probably would have been beaten two or three times already this season.

A better league would have knocked the Buckeyes out of this year’s national-title race before they could grow up. But they play in the Big Ten. They only lost once, to lowly Virginia Tech when Barrett was still finding his footing. And now it’s November, and are there really four teams that are better than this one right now? Are you sure?

YES, I AM 100% SURE. Sorry, if Ohio St. played in the SEC WEST they would be the 5th best team behind Mississippi State, Alabama, Ole Miss and Auburn. Wait, let me correct myself, they would be 6th as they are not better than LSU either. And Urban Meyer knows it. What would Ohio St do if they had to play 5 top 10 teams in the course of a season, not one? The Buckeyes would not know what hit them if they ever had to play LSU at night under the lights in Death Valley. How does SI, ESPN or Bleacher Report think this great Buckeye team would fare if they had to play in consecutive weeks, LSU, Mississippi St, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Georgia … HMM?

So it was asked above by some dim-witted homers, “are there really four teams that are better than this one right now?” Let’s answer their question with the teams that are. The following are teams that are all better than the over-rated Buckeyes, who either/or have a much stronger strength of schedule, play better teams on a more consistent basis, have a stronger out of conference schedule and play in much stronger overall conferences:

  1. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Oregon Ducks
  4. Florida State
  5. TCU Horn Frogs
  6. Auburn Tigers
  7. Baylor Bears
  8. Arizona State Sun Devils
  9. Ole Miss Rebels
  10. Georgia Bulldogs

Let’s get real folks, the Buckeyes won one game. No more, no less. That makes them the best of a bad conference, not one of the top 4 teams in college football. If the NCAA playoff committee actually reward such a garbage resume when other teams actually play in competitive conferences and g by record only, we might as well just scrap it all and go back to only the Bowl Games and their conference affiliations. Even the late great Buckeye coach Woody Hayes would grab you by the neck  and punch you or kick you if you ever considered the 2014 Buckeyes a top four team.

Posted November 9, 2014 by
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ESPN’s Samantha Ponder Shreds Florida St QB Jameis Winston … “We’re Asking that You Don’t Lie, You Don’t Cheat, You Don’t Steal, and You Don’t Disrespect Women.”

ESPN’s Samantha Ponder rips Florida State QB Jameis Winston for his conduct and lack of character. During Saturday’s ESPN College Game Day, Samantha Ponder said what should be the obvious in what we expect not only from Jameis Winston, but from all  individuals, and not just college athletes.

“Here’s what I’m not buying. I’m not buying that the expectations are too high. Here’s what we’re asking from him: We’re asking that you don’t lie, you don’t cheat, you don’t steal, and you don’t disrespect women,” Ponder said. “And I know people want to say, ‘Oh, he’s naive and there’s some immaturity there.’ I just think we’re not giving him enough credit. He knows right from wrong. He understands that the things he’s done are wrong but he continues to make those same mistakes.”

ESPN College Game Day_Samatha Ponder

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO

It is too bad FSU did not lose last night, it would have been an even greater learning experience for Jameis Winston.

Posted September 21, 2014 by
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Suspended Florida State QB Jameis Winston Warms Up in Pads During Pregame … Sent Back to Locker Room to Change by Frustrated Coach Jimbo Fisher

ARE YOU KIDDING ME … WHAT PART ABOUT YOU ARE FRIGGIN SUSPENDED FOR THE GAME DON’T YOU QUITE GET JAMEIS?

Simply amazing, this kid punk just does not get it that rules apply to him. Suspended Florida St. QB Jameis Winston came out in full pads during pregame warm ups and was acting like nothing was the matter and this was like every game. Head shaking. Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher apparently was taken by surprise at Winston dressing out and sent Winston back to the locker room to change.

The Florida State Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was suspended for Saturday night’s game against Clemson, but that didn’t stop him from showing up in full uniform during pre-game warm-ups. Tallahassee Democrat FSU beat writer Natalie Pierre tweeted out the following photo of Winston taking snaps with the Seminoles’ other quarterbacks.

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ESPN VIDEO – Pic: Screen grab from Video, click HERE or on pic to watch

Posted September 20, 2014 by
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Florida State QB & Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston Has been Suspended for the Entire Game Against ACC Foe Clemson

Jameis Winston is out for the entire game against Clemson …

Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox announced in a joint statement, “Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night.”

Continuing investigation? Who is FSU kidding. The Seminoles have been guilted and forced into suspending their, all too often in trouble, quarterback  Jameis Winston for the entire game because of pressure from alums, social media, the media from the fire storm that was created after their joke of a half-game suspension following Winston’s latest indiscretion. It would appear Winston has learned nothing from his past troubles. Then again why should he have, he has never been punished. One game is probably not even enough.

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ESPN –  Jameis Winston Suspended For Entire Game, Watch HERE

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not play Saturday night against Clemson.

Winston’s suspension stems from a Tuesday incident in which he stood on a table and yelled an obscene phrase in the student union on Florida State’s campus. A number of students saw Winston yell the phrase and tweeted about what they saw.

Winston reportedly was not entirely truthful with Florida State officials when he was questioned about the incident. He then admitted the entire story. Thus the reason for the extended suspension.

Posted September 20, 2014 by
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Atheist Unhappy that Arkansas State Football Team Wore Cross Decal Remembering Deceased Player Markel Owens & Equipment Mgr. Barry Weyer, Jr … University Just Handed Atheists a Major Victory

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE COUNTRY I GREW UP IN?

Let me just say the following, we are not a better country, nor a better people by continually allowing political correctness and Atheist thugs to dictate how we live our lives. The below story will show you just how far as a country we have fallen because every time a secular Atheist troublemaker makes waves, we cower. This has nothing to do with the “establishment clause” of the US Constitution, but instead everything to do with secularism looking to impose their ways on others and the others. If you think things have not changed in this country, and for the worse … think of the following. Think back to Nov. 14, 1970 and the plane crash that took the lives of nearly the entire Marshall football team and devastated a community. Remember the scene in the movie ‘We are Marshall’  where the coaches go to West Virginia and visit then Mountaineer head coach Bobby Bowden? That was a true story, discussed HERE by Bowden, and how so many years later he was brought to emotion. Do you remember the helmets that the University of West Virginia players were wearing, they had what on them? Who thinks back then any Atheist dare tell Bobby Bowden to remove the crosses from those helmets?

We are Marshall_WVA Helmets

That was then, This is Now ... The Arkansas State University football team in Jonesboro Arkansas wore a small cross on the back of their helmets with the initials MO and BW in honor of their fallen team member and equipment manager, Markel Owens and Barry Weyer. Sadly, Weyed died in a car accident in June and Owens was shot to death in January 2014. The players thought it would be a special way to remember and honor both of them by placing a decal featuring their initials on the arms of a cross.  According to Barry Weyer Sr., the father of one of the deceased being honored, “the players knew they were both Christians so they decided to use the cross along with their initials. They wanted to carry the spirits of Markel and Barry Don onto the field for one more season.” This is what sports and team work inspires.

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But that was not acceptable to some trouble-making atheists who had no connection with the team, the players or those being remembered. An attorney contacted Arkansas State and told them they he was “uncomfortable” with the players wearing a cross decal and wanted it removed.  Louis Nisenbaum, an attorney in Jonesboro, Arkansas, saw the team playing on television recently. He is the trouble maker who reached out to the university’s legal counsel to complain about the cross. Sadly, the gutless wonders and the legal department crumbled and allowed themselves to be bullied by atheist terrorists. When the hell are schools actually going to stand up for what is right, instead of acting like a bunch of ball-less wonders in the fact of secularism and Atheists?

Arkansas State University attorney Lucinda McDaniel agreed that the symbol was problematic, recommending that athletic director Terry Mohajir order it removed or alter it. Mohajir says after speaking with the university’s legal counsel they will modify the sticker removing any religious symbols, but keeping the initials. Gutless, just simply gutless.

In a statement released by the university, Mohajir stated:

“I am 100 percent in support of our coaches’ and players’ expression of faith, as well as their choice to honor the two individuals associated with our team who passed away by voluntarily wearing a cross decal on the back of their helmets. Unfortunately, we have received a complaint that use of the cross violates the Constitutional prohibition against separation of church and state.”

“After consulting with University counsel, we have been advised to either modify the decal or remove it completely. Thus, in order to ensure that we are in full compliance with Constitutional law, we will be modifying the decal to still honor the two individuals who are no longer with us.”

HOW IS THIS CROSS WITH INITIALS OF FALLEN TEAMMATES “ESTABLISHING A RELIGION?” It is not. It is honoring individuals who had died, nothing more, nothing less.  The players VOLUNTARILY wore the decal on their helmets, THEY WERE NOT FORCED TO!!!  The only thing that the player have been forced to do, is not wear the cross decal because of a belligerent, trouble-making and narrow minded atheist.

From USA Today:

Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both passed away this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or modify the symbol.

“My job is to support our players and our coaches in their expression of any type of grief, and that’s what I was doing,” Mohajir told USA TODAY Sports. “Yes, it is unfortunate, and I am disappointed. However, we’re also going to uphold whatever legal advice we got, and that’s what we did based on the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. That’s what we were told we needed to do. So that’s what we did.”

Arkansas State, you might want to fire your legal council and get a backbone. At some point someone, some institution is going to have to stand up to these bullies. This cannot continue to happen.

Thanks Arkansas State, all you did by caving to Atheist thugs was to promote secularism and Atheism as seen by Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Rebecca Markert comments when she told the outlet that the decision to remove the symbol is “great news” and that “putting religious imagery on public school property is unconstitutional.”

NCAA College Football: BIG 10 … BIG JOKE … BIG FLOP … What Has Happened to this Conference, Disastrous Day for BIG TEN

WHAT WAS THAT? Sorry, but the BIG 10 can now longer be considered a power conference …

For years many have questioned the conference and the strength of scheduling of non-conference games. Now it is just time to question whether the BIG 10 can be considered a power conference after the disastrous Saturday they just suffered through.  Two weeks into the 2014 NCAA college football season, there have been no Big 10 conference games and there is already one team with 2 losses and 5 teams with one loss. However, nothing compared to the carnage that took place yesterday, when an already questioned conference was thoroughly embarrassed.  How can the best thing that can be said of your conference be that at least Michigan St. was ahead at half time over the Oregon Ducks before they completely fell apart in the second half, or Wisconsin beating Western Illinois (who?) or Penn St. beating the Akron Zips, 21-3? Maybe PSU should play all their games in Ireland?

Big Joke

Of the 13 games played by Big 10 teams yesterday, mercifully Indiana was idle, they went 8-5. Sound not so bad, eh? WRONG! From the 8 wins, 2 came late in the game against much less talented opponents. Nebraska barely squeaked by McNeese State 31-24, Iowa needed a 4th quarter rally to defeat Ball St. 17-13 and Illinois had to muster all they could to defeat Western Kentucky 42-34. ARE YOU KIDDING? Then there was Purdue and Northwestern who lost to teams from the MAC. Folks, the reason why so-called power conferences schedule these games is to bad their win totals and treat them like pre-season for conference play.

What happened to the Big Ten, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, Henry Williams, Bernie Bierman and Duffy Daugherty are all rolling over in their graves.

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But instead of breaking the perception that the BIG 10 is a weak conference, yesterday’s play only further exposed the Big 10, yet again. The BIG 10 is once again not ready for prime time. Sparty and the Michigan St. Spartans actually lead at the half against the high powered Ducks and appeared to be on their way to an impressive win, then the wheels came off. Sure Ohio St. is without their starting QB, but they were the #8 team and should have been able to find a way to defeat an unranked VA Tech team. Instead, the Ohio St QB was sacked all day and threw 3 interceptions. Then came what may have been the clunker of the day from the Big 10 when the Michigan Wolverines traveled to Notre Dame for the last scheduled time in this storied rivalry. One would think that would be all the motivation? NOT! The Fighting Irish destroyed Michigan 31-0. It could have been worse than that.

No. 3 Oregon 46, No. 7 Michigan State 27
Virginia Tech 35, No. 8 Ohio State 21
No. 18 Wisconsin 37, Western Illinois 3
No. 16 Notre Dame 31, Michigan 0
Central Michigan 38, Purdue 17
Iowa 17, Ball State 13
Maryland 24, USF 17
Northern Illinois 23, Northwestern 15
Penn State 21, Akron 3
No. 19 Nebraska 31, McNeese State 24
Illinois 42, Western Kentucky 34
Rutgers 38, Howard 25
Minnesota 35, Middle Tennessee 24

What we learned yesterday from the Big Ten … None, and I repeat none of these teams belong in the conversation for the Final 4 and the National Championship. A two loss SEC team is better than any team in this conference. Hey Cornhuskers, its time to go back to the Big 12, Big 8, whatever they call the conference these days.

Posted September 7, 2014 by
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HERO to ZERO … USC Trojan Cornerback Josh Shaw Admits He Lied About Rescuing His Nephew from Pool … Suspended by USC

HERO TO ZERO IN A MATTER OF DAYS … IT WAS ALL A HOAX.

Josh Shaw, the USC cornerback and team captain who was hailed for being a hero for rescuing a nephew in a pool and injuring both of his ankles in the process, now admits that it was all a lie.  In a statement released by his attorney, Donald Etra, Josh Shaw acknowledged lying … “On Saturday, August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall.  I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part.” Umm, through his attorney? Why on earth would one need an attorney to say that you lied?

The Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday that Shaw’s name was in a report from an incident that occurred at the Orsini complex on North Figueroa Street Saturday about 10 p.m.

Josh Shaw, a hero for a matter of hours, is now known for a lie.

With the Trojans’ opener against Fresno State just days away, the USC senior football team captain Wednesday told school officials he fabricated a story about rescuing a nephew in a pool and lied about how he suffered ankle injuries, the school announced.

Shaw, a starting cornerback, was suspended from the team indefinitely.

“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. “He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.”

Athletic Director Pat Haden said he was disappointed and surprised because he had found Shaw to be “a very credible kid.” Haden was in the hospital because of a heart issue when he first heard of Shaw’s alleged rescue and injuries. He said USC officials vetted Shaw’s story 12 times with a number of different people.

“Right now, what we know is we have a kid that fabricated a story, period,” Haden said.

And USC publicized it.

The school did not include an explanation of what it now believes actually happened. In a statement released through his attorney, Donald Etra, Shaw acknowledged lying but did not provide any details.

Josh Shaw’s Heroic Rescue Story Was a Lie; but Why?

As rumors swirled about what happened to the player, Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andrew Smith said on Tuesday evening that Shaw’s name was mentioned in a burglary report in an incident that occurred Saturday night in the 500 block of Figueroa Street, in downtown Los Angeles.

Shaw was an acquaintance of the victim, not a person of interest or a suspect, Smith said.

Posted August 28, 2014 by
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UCONN HUSKIES … BEST IN SHOW!!! UCONN Huskies Win Mens College Backetball Championship 60-54 over the Kentucky Wildcats

UCONN HUSKIES … BEST IN SHOW!!!

#7 seed University of Connecticut Huskies defeat the #8 seed Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54

UCONN guard Shabazz Napier was the best player on the court tonight as he lead the Huskies to a 60-54 victory over Kentucky and its five starting freshmen before 79,238 at AT&T Stadium in North Texas. The UCONN backcourt of Napier and Ryan Boatright were in control the whole way as the Huskies never trailed. Napier had 22 points and six rebounds. Boatright had 14 points and three assists. In the end, the more mature, fundamentally sound UCONN Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcat “one and doners”. Not to mention free throw shooting killed Kentucky. It was the 4th Men’s basketball championship, adding to their school titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011. Shabazz Napier was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

UCONN

Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece Monday night to lift the Huskies to a 60-54 win over Kentucky’s freshmen and a national title hardly anyone saw coming.

Napier had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists, and his partner in defensive lock-down, Ryan Boatright, finished with 14 points.

UConn (32-8) never trailed. The Huskies led by as many as 15 in the first half and watched the Wildcats (29-11) trim the deficit to one with 8:13 left. But Aaron Harrison, Kentucky’s big-moment shooter in the last three games, missed a 3-pointer from the left corner that would’ve given the `Cats the lead. Kentucky never got closer.

One key difference in a six-point loss: Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws — a flashback of sorts for coach John Calipari, whose Memphis team blew a late lead against Kansas after missing multiple free throws in the 2008 final. The Wildcats went 13 for 24. UConn went 10 for 10, and when Lasan Kromah made his last two with 25.1 seconds left for a six-point margin, the celebration was on.

In all, Calipari’s One and Doners got outdone by a more fundamentally sound, more-seasoned group that came into this tournament a seventh-seeded afterthought but walked away with the program’s fourth national title since 1999. They were the highest seed to win it all since Rollie Massimino’s eighth-seeded Villanova squad in 1985.

Posted April 7, 2014 by
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MARCH MADNESS, Sore Losers Edition … University of Arizona Students Riot & Rampage After Wildcats Lose to Wisconsin Badgers in Elite 8, 15 Arrested on Charges of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest & Unlawful Assembly

College students behaving badly … Today’s lesson, there are consequences to foolish actions and  … it’s just a game!

Following the University of Arizona’s loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in OT, 64-63, hundreds of individuals filled the streets and many fans went on a violent rampage throwing battled and firecrackers. As reported at the Tucson Sentinel, after what TPD Sgt. Pete Dugan called a “reasonable amount of time,” officers told the crowd that they would be arrested if they remained. Instead of disbursing, the fans threw beer bottles and firecrackers at the officers. Police responded with pepper spray, canisters and balls at the large crowd. The crowds can be heard in the video below chanted “police brutality” during the clash with police officers. In the end, 15 people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful assembly.

Some fans went on an angry rampage, lobbing bottles and firecrackers outside the University of Arizona late on Saturday after the school’s basketball team narrowly lost to the University of Wisconsin in an NCAA tournament game, police said.

Tucson police in riot gear used pepper spray on the unruly crowd and arrested 15 people on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful assembly, a police statement said.

Three of those arrested suffered minor injuries, police said. Rioters threw bottles and other objects at police and their vehicles but no officers were hurt. Police said hundreds of people filled the streets after the game, but it was not clear how many were involved in the melee.

STOP WITH THE SHILLING OF OBAMACARE … Obama Team Uses March Madness to Sell Health Care Plan

These people will find a way to destroy anything fun … Obamacare Bracketology … STOP THE MADNESS!!!

As if Obamacare is not already the most over-marketed product ever. Now the Obama administration are launching a new marketing campaign wrapped around the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments. Seriously? First of all, Obama should not be filling out NCAA brackets. I would like to think that the President of the United States might have more important things to do. At least, he better! Also, stop attempting to pick winners and losers. With your track record, it has been mainly losers. Could we Americans just have something that is free from Obamacare? Please, we beg you!!!

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For the Obama administration, March Madness is another chance to press young people — particularly young men — to sign up for health care.

Health care officials are launching a new marketing campaign wrapped around the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments that start this week.

Starting Monday, Obama, some of his aides and celebrity athletes who back the health care plan will conduct interviews, make public service ads and use social media appeals as a key deadline looms on March 31.

Citing the popularity of college basketball during the tournament season known as March Madness, White House senior communications adviser Tara McGuinness said, “We’re putting on a full-court press to remind our fellow fans that there are two weeks left to sign up for quality, affordable health insurance.”

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