Al Behrman, Associated Press
President Barack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron watch the opening game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio.

Foreign observations

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minster David Cameron attended Tuesday's Western Kentucky-Mississippi Valley State NCAA Tournament play-in game.

Why Obama chose to entertain a foreign leader at a fringe tournament game is anyone's guess. But it also raises two other questions.

First, did Cameron really say: "Splendid! I love watching the lads tussle on the pitch!" (No, but he did say it was "hard to follow sometimes exactly who's doing what wrong.")

And speaking of Brits and basketball, is it true Cameron is president and founder of the John Amaechi fan club?

Moving forward

WKU erased a 16-point second-half deficit to beat MVSU. Later, BYU made a 25-point comeback, largest in tournament history.

Apparently Obama wants to hook up with anyone who can stage a big comeback.

Fair game

CBS announcer Clark Kellogg interviewed the two heads of state at halftime, asking Obama to break down the first 20 minutes.

Isn't having the president comment on basketball like having Charles Barkley comment on foreign policy or the budget deficit?

As if that's never happened.


Adidas, the sports shoe maker, has outdone itself this time. It's now in the cowboy boot-making business.

Designer Jeremy Scott has fashioned a shoe that includes the famous three stripes and a basketball heel, but also a calf shaft and pull tabs.

Many say the shoes are ugly, though sources say Karl Malone thinks they're terrific and wants to know why nobody thought of this before.

Spring cleaning

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Despite a labor dispute, the Arena Football League was set to roll, until an Orlando Predators-Pittsburgh Power game took a detour.

Before the game occurred, the owners of both teams decided to cut their entire rosters and fill them with replacement players.

That's pretty much what Larry Krystkowiak did with the Utes, isn't it?

K ... R ... Z ...

ESPN has announced it will televise the National Spelling Bee.

Exactly why a sports network would air a spelling bee is unclear, unless the grand prize-winning word is Krzyzewski.


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