I was watching ESPN this afternoon before heading out to cover the Pasco-Kamiakin boys soccer game, and I caught our President, Barack Obama, discussing his men's and women's picks for the NCAA basketball tournament.
I thought it was interesting when he reached the Raleigh Region of his women's picks. As you can see on his bracket, not only did he choose No. 7 seed Louisville to get past No. 10 seed Michigan State in the opening round, he also chose the Cardinals to beat No. 2 seed Maryland in the second round.
Then, as he explained to ESPN reporter Doris Burke about Louisville's Sweet Sixteen matchup against No. 6 Arkansas, "I don't have a strong feeling about this one, but we're, uhh, going to go ahead with Louisville on this one."
If he remembered Louisville's run to the Sweet Sixteen last year, he would have remembered Shoni Schimmel scoring a career-high 33 points in an upset win over No. 2 seed Xavier. Schimmel, a former Pendleton resident who played two seasons at Hermiston High School, seems to come alive when the stakes are high.
Anybody who saw her play in high school knows she loves taking big shots, and there are plenty of those in the tournament. Maybe even enough to make President Obama remember her name.