Wednesday, March 14, 2012
What President Obama Missed (BYU-Iona)
President Obama was there with British Prime Minister David Cameron. They watched the first game of the night, and they thought they'd seen a greatest comeback when Western Kentucky recovered from a 16-point deficit to beat Mississippi Valley State.
The President and Prime Minister decided to call it a night - because honestly they probably have better things to do than watch college basketball all night.
The NCAA tournament is also called March Madness...and there is a reason.
Turns out Obama and Cameron missed the biggest comeback in the history of the tournament. BYU was down by 25 points in the first half. I watched - and it was ugly. They flailed as they failed to guard, to shoot, to do ANYTHING!
Then I watched as they changed their game. I watched the zone defense come alive, and their two big men go to work. I was facebooking with friends, I was texting my brother-in-law and my dad while I was on the phone with another brother. I cheered too loud and nearly woke my sleeping children.
My wife was snickering at me as I was fully decked out in my BYU shirt...and jacket, which were shimmering in the glow of the computer screen
It was beautiful.
I know I shouldn't judge the Commander-in-Chief for leaving a basketball game. But I hope when he went to bed last night he felt a little twinge of regret of not having stayed for the second game. It's like my dad taught me as a kid. If you don't stay till the end, you'll miss the greatest games, because the improbable end is what makes them great.
Here are a few highlights.