President Obama’s Birthday and All His Sportiness

The 44th President of the United States LOVES his sports. He is an unapologetic Chicago White Sox fan. He fills out March Madness brackets for both Men and Women’s tournaments on SportsCenter each year. He also has no problem mixing it up on the White House basketball court.

Air Obama

So on his 54th birthday, lets put the partisan blah blah blah on the back-burner and appreciate something we all enjoy…Sports.

March Madness

Presidential Bracket

I look forward to the President’s annual segment on ESPN where he joins the rest of the nation in the Madness. Since he was elected, President Obama is interviewed by college basketball reporter Andy Katz from the White House to talk out each of his picks. Last year he took regular season undefeated favorite Kentucky to win it all (like many of you did) over Nova, and was obviously incorrect as Duke beat Wisconsin in the National Championship.

President Obama finished in ESPN’s 72.9 percentile in 2014 and was most successful in 2011 with a bracket in the 87.4%. Both years, UConn won the National Championship and he didn’t pick them. The President did choose a National Champion for his first year in office, North Carolina in 2009.

ESPN isn’t the only network who gets to share air-time with the Commander in Chief as one of CBS’s best color analysts, Clark Kellogg, took him on in a game of HORSE…err POTUS.

I don’t even want to know what would’ve happen if the President got skunked.

He Loves His Chicago Teams

President Chicago Teams

Despite referring to his White Sox’s home stadium as “Kaminskey Field” early in his first term, the President has never wavered as a Chicago die hard. When the Bulls re-signed All-Star Jimmy Butler to a longterm deal, he was on it…

(Props to my old teammate Matt Rodewald for getting that tweet picked up)

Before the Blackhawks hit the ice for Game 6, President Obama was leading the chants from Twitter…

And wore his lucky hockey sweater while doing so.

While touring Cooperstown a year ago, the President asked to try on the White Sox World Series ring.

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…and then donated the Sox jacket he wore to throw out the first pitch at the 2009 All-Star Game to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The President even hosted a White House visit for the Super Bowl winning 1985 Bears team, because they never got the chance to do so before. 

President and Ditka

(Ironic that it was Mike Ditka handing the President his jersey since he also wanted to run against him for a Senate seat in 2004)

The ’85 Bears and the Blackhawks may be the only Chicago teams that the President has hosted at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but he always seems to get a quick shoutout in for his favorite squads when he hosts other teams.

White House Host with the Most

We all remember the drama surrounding Red Sox DH David Ortiz’s selfie with the President and the handful of athletes who make a thing out of not going to visit the White House, despite it being a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (looking at you, Tim Thomas)…

But damn, do those photo ops turn out great.

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#TBT Year in Review: 2011

Although it was just 4 years ago, 2011 still qualifies as a Throwback Thursday material

  • President Barack Obama announces Osama bin Laden was killed in an American Military Operation
  • Two billion people watched Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, marry Catherine Middleton…They’ve had two children since
  • Occupy Wall Street protests begins in the US Sept. 17…The Occupy Movement then spread to 82 different countries by October 
  • A 9.0-Magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit eastern Japan, with tsunami warnings being issued to 50 other countries and territories. Emergencies were declared at 4 Nuclear power plants effected by the earthquake
  • “The Macho Man” Randy Savage passed away at the age of 58.
And here’s what we saw from the world’s of Movies, Music, and Sports

Movies

Comedy

Bridesmaids, Paul, Hangover II, No Strings Attached, Friends With Benefits, Hall Pass, Horrible Bosses, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Your Highness, 30 Minutes or Less, Bad Teacher, Zookeeper, Midnight in Paris, Larry Crowne, Tower Heist, Arthur, The Sitter, Take Me Home Tonight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 50/50, The Big Year, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Bernie, AND…

The Muppets

Action/Thriller

Captain America: The First Avenger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: First Class, Unknown, Hanna, Limitless, Fast Five, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2, Source Code, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Headhunters, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Wrecked, The Raid: Redemption, Immortals, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Haywire, Sanctum, The Skin I Live In, Elephant White, In Time, The Adjustment Bureau, The Ledge, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Devil’s Double, Season of the Witch, The Roommate, Drive Angry, I Am Number Four, Contagion, Priest, Killer Elite, AND…

Drive

Drama

The Artist, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Ides of March, Warrior, Water For Elephants, The Help, Warhorse, One Day, The Separation, Detachment, Like Crazy, My Week With Marilyn, Carnage, Another Earth, Beastly, United, Jane Eyre, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Albert Nobbs, Shame, Too Big To Fail, 1911, Win Win, W.E., J. Edgar, Wreckers, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, AND…

Moneyball

Animated

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Cars 2, Puss in Boots, Rio, Kung Fu Panda 2, Arthur Christmas, Gnomeo & Juliet, Winnie the Pooh, Hop, The Smurfs, AND…

Rango

The 84th Academy Awards

Best Actor

  • Demian Bichir, A Better Life
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist – Winner 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Kenneth Branaugh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners – Winner

Best Actress

  • Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Rooney Mara, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
  • Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady – Winner

Best Supporting Actress

  • Berenice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer, Arthur Hobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help – Winner 

Best Picture

  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • Warhorse
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • The Artist – Winner

Music

Rock Albums

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Hip Hop Albums

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Pop Albums

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Billboard Year-End Top 25

1. “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele

2. “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO

3. “Firework” – Katy Perry

4. “E.T.” – Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

5. “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo

6. “Grenade” – Bruno Mars

7. “F**K You” – Cee Lo Green

8. “Super Bass” – Nicki Minaj

9. “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

10. “Just Can’t Get Enough” – The Black Eyed Peas

11. “On the Floor” – Jennifer Lopez featuring Pit Bull

12. “S&M” – Rihanna

13. “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People

14. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” – Katy Perry

15. “Just The Way You Are” – Bruno Mars

16. “Tonight (I’m Loving You)” – Enrique Iglesias

17. “Raise Your Glass” – Pink

18. “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga

19. “F**k’n Perfect” – Pink

20. “What’s My Name” – Rihanna featuring Drake

21. “Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes

22. “Down On Me” – Jeremih featuring 50 Cent

23. “How To Love” – Lil Wayne

24. “Someone Like You” – Adele

25. “Good Life” – OneRepublic 

Sports

Baseball

League Leaders:

Offensive:

Average: Miguel Cabrera (DET) – .344

Hits: Michael Young (TEX) & Adrian Gonzalez (BOS) – 213

Home Runs: Jose Bautista (TOR) – 43

RBI: Matt Kemp (LAD) – 126

OPS: Jose Bautista (TOR) – 1.056

Stolen Bases: Michael Bourn (HOU & ATL) – 61

Pitching

Wins: Justin Verlander (DET) – 24

ERA: Clayton Kershaw (LAD) – 2.28

Strikeouts: Justin Verlander (DET) – 250

Complete Games: James Shields (TB) – 11

Shutouts: Cliff Lee (PHI) – 6

Saves: Jose Valverde (DET) – 49 

MVP

AL – Justin Verlander (DET)

NL – Ryan Braun (MIL)

CY Young

AL – Justin Verlander (DET)

NL – Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

Rookie of the Year

AL – Jeremy Hellickson (TB)

NL – Craig Kimbrell (ATL) 

World Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Texas Rangers (4-3)

Basketball

NCAA 

Final Four:

(3) UConn, (11) VCU, (4) Kentucky, and (8) Butler

National Championship:

(3) UConn over (8) Butler 53-41

NBA

League Leaders

Points Per Game: Kevin Durant (OKC) – 27.7

Rebounds Per Game: Kevin Love (MIN) – 15.2

Assists Per Game: Steve Nash (PHX) – 11.4

All-NBA Team

Kobe Bryant (LAL)

Kevin Garnett (BOS)

Dwight Howard (ORL)

LeBron James (MIA)

Derrick Rose (CHI) 

MVP: Derrick Rose (CHI)

Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin (LAC)

NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks over Miami Heat (4-2)

Football

NCAA

Heisman Trophy

Robert Griffin III, Baylor

National Championship

Alabama over LSU 21-0 

NFL

League Leaders

Passing Yards: Drew Brees (NO) – 5,476

Passing Touchdowns: Drew Brees (NO) – 46

Passer Rating: Aaron Rodgers (GB) – 122.5

Rushing Yards: Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) – 1,606

Rushing Touchdowns: LeSean McCoy (PHI) – 17

Receiving Yards: Calvin Johnson (DET) – 1,681

Receiving Touchdowns: Rob Gronkowski (NE) – 17

Receptions: Wes Welker – 122

AP MVP

Aaron Rodgers (GB)

Super Bowl

New York Giants over the New England Patriots 21-17 

Hockey 

League Leaders

Goals: Corey Perry (ANA) – 50 

Assists: Henrik Sedin (VAN) – 75

Points: Daniel Sedin (VAN) – 104 

Hart Memorial Trophy

Corey Perry (ANA) 

Stanley Cup

Boston Bruins over Vancouver Cannucks (4-3) 

Did I miss anything? Let me know on Twitter @Mike_PiFF03.

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