Mitt Romney’s Bracket Crushes President Obama’s (and Everyone Else’s)

AP Photo/David Goldman
AP Photo/David Goldman

Mitt Romney’s a 1 percenter during tax season. He’s a .1 percenter during March Madness.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee finished 6,326th among nearly 12 million people filling out NCAA tournament brackets at Romney picked six of the Elite 8 before correctly forecasting a Duke win over Wisconsin in the finals. Such prognostications put the past presidential candidate ahead of 99.9 percent of brackets at ESPN.

Obama’s bracket, on the other hand, finished in the middle of the pack. He picked Kentucky to beat Villanova in the finals. The basketballer-in-chief hasn’t picked a winner since North Carolina took the tournament during the first year of his presidency.

Mitt may enjoy a name for baseball. He clearly possesses a mind for hoops. And next month, the honcho of the Salt Lake City Winter Games again becomes a sporting fool when he takes on Evander Holyfield in a charity boxing match.

Romney finally emerging victorious over Obama may stem from the unfair advantage he enjoyed by not having to reveal his bracket under ESPN’s bright lights. As the president explained during the unveiling of his bracket on ESPN last month, “It’s nice being just a lttle bit of the underdog because you have less pressure on you.”