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Obama chooses Indiana to win NCAA tournament

Obama chooses Indiana to win NCAA tournament

In what has become a spring ritual, President Obama filled out a men’s basketball bracket. He choose Indiana to win the NCAA tournament. He also had Louisville, Florida and Ohio State in the final four.
The president has given his predictions to ESPN before but hasn’t correctly guessed the winner since 2009. Here’s to hoping he is right.

Sugar, we’re goin’ down

I feel like I’m a freshman in high school again. Want to know why?

I logged into my Itunes account (I like checking the new music that comes out on Tuesdays) and I found a new Fall Out Boy single at my finger tips. Obviously I immediately purchased it and started a one-person dance party.

I think the 16-year-old girl in me has died and gone to heaven. First Beyonce rocked the Superbowl (I don’t care what people have to say, she did her thing on stage in platform heels and she just had a baby) and invited Destiny’s Child on stage with her.  Then I found out Fall Out Boy is back. On top of all the music gods smiling down, my Indiana Hoosiers are no. one after beating Michigan in a basketball game Saturday night.

In honor of the news, I’m listening to ‘From Under the Cork Tree’ while I write this. Others might not be as happy as I am about the news but I’m enjoying my ‘7 minutes in heaven’ (see what I did there)?

Good old-fashioned rivalry

I love sports. I love everything about them – competitiveness, teamwork, group effort, victory, heartbreak, all of it.

If you’re from Indiana you know the in-state college athletic rivalries – Indiana University, Purdue and Notre Dame. I make no secret of the fact I am an IU alum and avid IU basketball fan.

I don’t have a personal vendetta against Purdue (my brother, friends went there etc.) but I do love a good athletic rivalry. Tonight my Hoosiers beat Purdue at their home, Mackey Arena, by 37 points and I can’t help but be happy about that.

The Hoosiers have had a good season thus far but have a tough match-up Saturday. Although Hoosier Nation fans everywhere are enjoying the victory, it’s now time to be on to the next one – no. 1 ranked, Michigan.

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This Is Indiana

There has been a lot of well-deserved hype surrounding the Hoosiers lately. The men’s basketball team, with the help of Tom Crean, has had a season that has left many IU fans exclaiming, “We’re back.” The Hoosiers, 15-2, are now ranked 7 in Associated press and 8 in the Coaches poll.

Because of the hype, a lot of writers are coming out of the woodwork to cover the notorious Hoosier basketball program. However, when covering athletics, or any subject, the writer should really check his facts. Sports Illustrated senior writer L. Jon Wertheim recently wrote an article referring to the IU fan base as “Hoosiers Nation.” Hoosiers? There is no “s” at the end. The IU fan base is actually “Hoosier Nation,” and I am a student who is very proud to be a member of Hoosier Nation with players such as Zeller, Oladipo, Watford, Hulls, Sheehey, Jones, Roth, and Elston on the team.

Hoosier Nation is bleeding cream and crimson for the players who are reminding us all what basketball is about. It’s the camaraderie, pride, and high that come with competition. Coach Crean was asked why he chose to coach Indiana basketball after NCAA violations from a previous coach. His response? “It’s Indiana.”

The Hoosiers will be be visiting No. 5 Ohio State, 15-3, at 4:30 this afternoon. Go Hoooooooooosiers!

The following link is the perfect example of why IU fans are so excited this season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f2TXItC_hU&feature=player_embedded