Posts Tagged ‘NCAA’

28th March
written by Sean Noble









The odds of filling out the perfect March Madness bracket is 1 in 9.2 quadrillion. By the end of day 1, scrappy seeded upstarts like Florida Gulf Coast University and Harvard destroyed my bracket. I had never heard of FGCU but I appreciate their athletic style of play. FGCU not only wins but wins by making Lebron-esque dunks. FGCU is also the only 15th seeded team in tournament history to make the Sweet Sixteen.

FGCU is not only a fantastic Cinderella story but also a bastion of economic liberty!

Although Florida Gulf Coast University is only 22 years old, its economics department has already developed a reputation for it’s pro-free enterprise philosophy.

A 2011 article by Jean Gruss of the Florida-based Business Observer describes how department is run by “core group of a half dozen economists whose research supports the ideas of free-market capitalism, still an unpopular subject in most faculty lounges.”

Students entering FGCU’s economic department will receive Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and take classes like the “Moral Foundations & Capitalism.”

In an academic environment controlled by the anti-capitalist cabal, FGCU is a breath of fresh air.

Only a few other colleges and universities in the U.S. are known for their research on free-market capitalism, including Hillsdale College in Michigan and Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Other schools noted for their pro-capitalist bents include George Mason University in Virginia, San Jose State and Suffolk University in Boston.

“I’d like to develop a center for free enterprise,” says Bradley Hobbs, the professor of economics who is spearheading the effort. In 2009, Hobbs was named BB&T Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise after former BB&T Chairman John Allison made a $600,000 gift to the university to encourage teaching about the contributions of free enterprise and individual liberty.

If you are a parent looking for a college to send your child, FGCU might be the answer. The school is near the beach, has a good basketball team, and will teach your child the benefits of capitalism. What’s not to love?

22nd March
written by Sean Noble

 March Madness commenced yesterday and President Barack-toligist huddled with ESPN to enlighten America on his picks for the NCAA men’s basketball tourney. Funny how he can entertain ESPN in the Oval Office yet thousands of school children from across the country are currently banished from the “People’s House.”

While the President was able to submit his NCAA bracket on time this year his respect for budgetary deadlines continues to be elastic. This is nothing new; it’s the fourth out of five years Obama has broken the law with regards to getting his budget proposal to Congress. By law the President is required to submit a federal budget the first Monday in February – Congress is still waiting.

The bracket fest with ESPN was completed prior to his departure to Israel on his ‘do you love me?’ tour. Interestingly, this year our Commander-in-Chief has selected his winners conservatively—something rare for the White House.

Take a closer look at the President’s bracket and three of the states of Obama’s Final Four picks (Louisville, Florida, and Indiana) have unemployment rates higher than the national average.

The President has Indiana University taking the championship home. Not sure they are happy about him jinxing their chances.

It’s a shame that politics has to enter March Madness, but to the President everything is political — even gracing us with his expertise in college basketball. Maybe he should stick to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Is that still on?