A lot of presidents have been sports fans. Richard Nixon was a football fanatic. George W. Bush owned the Texas Rangers. Ronald Reagan gave play-by-play accounts of the Chicago Cubs in the 1930s even though he wasn’t actually watching the games. (He used game descriptions received by wire.) Sports are big in America, so any sitting president has to feign some interest in them even if, say, they have never seen a hockey game and the reigning Stanley Cup winners are visiting the White House.
President Barack Obama has never really had any problem with that. The guy loves sports. He loves the Chicago White Sox (but he’s getting behind the Cubs right now), will gladly talk to you about his March Madness bracket and likes playing basketball as much as the prerequisite golf game all politicians are supposed to get decent at to make friends and deals on the green.
So with all that, it’s only natural, especially since he won’t be in the Oval Office when the Super Bowl rolls around, to know who he thinks is going to make it to the big game. And when President Obama appeared on Sway in the Morning on SiriusXM’s Shade 45, he didn’t exactly drop any bombshells. No Raiders and Vikings, Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going to salvage Green Bay’s season and the Denver Broncos weren’t repeating.
Nope. Nothing too exciting unless you’re from New England or a Seahawks fan.
“I got to say at this point you’d have to put your money on [Tom] Brady again,” Obama said. Deflategate didn’t put any dents in the Patriots armor, the most powerful person in the world believes. Who will they play? “Seattle and Patriots have a rematch” of Super Bowl 49.
So nothing too weird there, and nothing that off about his NBA Finals pick, the Golden State Warriors. Who they’ll play, Obama didn’t guess, but the addition of Kevin Durant swayed him to make what is really the smart choice if you’re betting. Although he admitted the team got “spanked” in their first game of the season agains the San Antonio Spurs, he’s pretty confident the team will figure it out sooner rather than later.
Who knows? Maybe some of that trash talk the First Lady taught Steph Curry will end up coming in handy in helping President Obama get his last sports picks as Commander in Chief right.