President Barack Obama picks Missouri to reach the Final Four

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 9:56 p.m. CDT; updated 12:41 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. — President Barack Obama is picking Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri and North Carolina to reach the Final Four.

Obama filled out an NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN for the fourth straight year. On the women's side, he selected Baylor, St. John's, Connecticut and Notre Dame to advance.

A noted basketball fan, Obama took British Prime Minister David Cameron to the men's tournament's first game Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio.

ESPN will reveal his full men's bracket Wednesday morning.

Kentucky and North Carolina are No. 1 seeds, while Missouri and Ohio State are seeded second in their regions. Baylor, UConn and Notre Dame are top seeds, with St. John's a No. 3 seed.

Missouri's NCAA Tournament opener

No. 2 seed Missouri (30-4)
vs. No. 15 seed Norfolk State (25-9)

WHEN: 3:40 p.m. Friday
CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.
KTGR/1580 AM, 100.5 FM; KCMQ/96.7 FM

The Missouri men's basketball team is inviting fans to Mizzou Arena for a sendoff celebration for the Tigers. Coach Frank Haith will address supporters at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on the south side of Mizzou Arena before the team boards its bus for Omaha, Neb.

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Ellis Smith March 14, 2012 | 8:18 a.m.

As I posted earlier this week, Wall Street Journal has picked MU to reach the Final Four (but predicts North Carolina will win the tournament).

Since Obama and Wall Street Journal are in agreement about MU's chances, could this mean they are "in bed" on other matters?

Where, oh where, is the Occupy Wall Street movement when their country needs them? Showering and shaving? Our country is going to hell, and you guys are asleep at the switch! :)

Perhaps a stirring haiku might wake everyone up.

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frank christian March 14, 2012 | 8:46 a.m.

"Perhaps a stirring haiku might wake everyone up."

Oh! Please! No!

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mike mentor March 14, 2012 | 8:57 a.m.

Sometimes a little comedy is all I need to get going in the morning. Thanks !

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Ellis Smith March 14, 2012 | 1:19 p.m.

Mike Mentor, I hadn't realized that you are a "minimalist."

Meanwhile, the beat goes on. I'll admit to not having studied the NCAA tournament brackets carefully, but I believe University of Northern Iowa is not included.

So both MU and KU should have a reasonable chance to reach at least the Regional finals. UNI has previously upset both MU and KU in the tournament*, although a number of years apart.

[Students at University of Iowa and Iowa State University refer to UNI as "The University of No Importance," but UNI does claim Kurt Warner (pro QB) and author Robert James Waller ("The Bridges of Madison County" et al.).

*-When UNI upset Missouri, the sporting goods stores sold out of UNI "Panther" sweatshirts, probably to the delight of store owners.

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mike mentor March 14, 2012 | 2:54 p.m.

I grew up in St Louis, but had moved here before the Rams came to town. So, I was a fan, but not a diehard. Without a doubt, one of my favorite all time players in the NFL is Kurt Warner. The few years, including a super bowl win, where the Rams were the "greatest show on turf", were some of the best years in St Louis football history and they were a lot of fun to watch. (I even, once again, followed the Cardinals after Warner went there after swearing them off when they left St Louis because Bill Bidwell wouldn't spend any money on talent and then had the audacity to demand the people of St Louis build him a new stadium for his perennial loser team.)

Not only did he achieve on the field, but he was a real man off the field. He is one guy that Northern Iowa could name a building after before he dies and not worry...

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Ellis Smith March 14, 2012 | 5:43 p.m.

Mike Mentor:

What some people don't know is that at a low point, between graduating from college and finally getting a berth on an NFL team, Kurt was stocking items to shelves of a Hy-Vee grocery store. After the Rams won the Super Bowl Hy-Vee issued a special cereal (corn flakes) called "Warner's Crunch Time," The front shows Kurt looking to throw a pass and wearing gear in Rams' colors but not their uniform. Stamped on the box front is a note that a portion of all sales goes to charity.

UNI has a domed football/event stadium. When they first built it years ago they scheduled a big name rock band for a concert. It was VERY cold outside; it was VERY warm inside (all those fans). The warm, moist air rose to the top of the dome and condensed. It began to rain! The rain shorted out the band's sound system and they had to cancel the concert. Alterations have since been made.:)

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