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Neal Open To Working As White House Counsel

Dave Neal used to spend 30-45 minutes filling out his NCAA tournament bracket. After all, the stakes were high back when he was a kid competing in his family's own tournament pool. Somewhere around $10-15 was on the line. It was serious business.

"When you're a kid and you get 10 or 15 bucks, you're the happiest kid in the world," Neal said. "You think it's like a million dollars, so I would sit down and fill out a bracket for like 30-45 minutes and hopefully I would win it every year. I was pretty successful. I did a good job, but growing up in a basketball family, everyone pretty much knew how each team worked."

Now, Neal has become something of a bracketologist and the Terps' resident guru when it comes to NCAA tournament picks. So what did he think of President Obama's bracket. The president's final four consisted of UConn, North Carolina, Pitt and Memphis.

Wait, Memphis? The team Maryland likely would play in the second round should the Terps defeat California tomorrow? Indeed, the president picked Maryland to get past the Golden Bears but fall to Memphis in Round Two. Should the Terps now count President Obama among their critics?

"No, he gave us some love," Neal said with a grin. "He's like, 'I love Maryland,' but, I mean, being the president, he's probably going to go with the higher seed no matter what. I think he only had one big upset. I think he had VCU over UCLA, which was the biggest upset he had. But he's always going to play on the safe side, so probably some critics don't go against him. But he knows basketball. I love that we have a president that knows a lot about basketball and is into it. I think it kind of keeps him young at heart, watching stuff like this. I'm sure he'll watch just about every game as much as he can."

Should the president not fare so well with his tourney picks this year, Neal said he'd be more than willing to sign on as President Obama's official bracketologist.

"I would love it," Neal said. "If he needs to call me for some advice, I would definitely give him some advice, and we would probably be able to work something out. But, I mean, I definitely would be open for the job if he needs somebody. We'll see what he wants to do."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 18, 2009; 3:47 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Dave Neal is a genius.

Posted by: Colm1 | March 18, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Worst. Blog Entry. Ever.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 18, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with Barno1. This entry, while not particularly meaty, was nonetheless mildly entertaining.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 19, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I liked Barack's pix since they're close to mine. The only way to distinguish yourself and win is if there are a bunch of Davidsons this year: Western Ky, Tenn/OKState is a toss up, BC/USC, T-A&M/BYU, Marquetee/Miz, Duke/TX,X/FlaSt, AzSt/Cuse. For the first time in a while there are a lot of good teams which won't get past one win because there are a lot of teams a grade or two better.

Posted by: KraftPaper | March 19, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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