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Today’s edition includes the sting of being rejected by famous people, an underdog on underdogs, Kevin Ware’s popularity on Facebook and the actual location of next year’s Final Four. That and some Bracket Bits that includes Tom Izzo and 2 Chains _ together, of course.
THE STING OF REJECTION
In our continuing quest to serve readers, we’ve chased down scions of entertainment, politics and business to talk college hoops.
The Rock? He was cheering for alma mater Miami, of course. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell? He went to Louisville but _ ever the diplomat _ declined to trash talk the rivals. Scott Flanders, the guy who runs Playboy? He was arranging his basketball watching around a masquerade party at the mansion.
But like a defending national champion that doesn’t make the tournament (sorry, Kentucky), we too know the sting of rejection, getting a string of them.
Here’s a few of the no-thank-yous from AP Business Writer Christina Rexrode:
James Earl Jones (Michigan) was in Australia touring with “Driving Miss Daisy,” and only wanted to talk about the show. Will Ferrell was busy filming “Anchorman 2” _ but he went to USC and they didn’t even make the tourney, so who cares? Elizabeth Dole, the former North Carolina senator and Duke alum, had just broken her foot (OK, that one seems reasonable).
Blue Devil Ron Paul was traveling. So was Gator Bob Vila, Jayhawk Sheila Bair, and Jayhawk/Quantum Leaper Scott Bakula. Personal finance guru Suze Orman (Illinois), “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk (Oregon), screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (Syracuse) and actor Paul Rudd (Kansas) were just plain “unavailable.”
Donald Trump was too busy, but sent his regards. “Mr. Trump would, however, like to thank you for thinking of him and sends his best wishes to you and your team for a successful story!” his office wrote.
Others just weren’t into it. “So sorry, but it’s not Madonna’s thing,” said the spokeswoman for the former Michigan undergrad.
“Bob actually is not much of a sports fan,” said the spokesman for Bob Benmosche, the guy in charge of righting the wrong that was AIG.
“After more thought, he decided to opt out,” said the rep for Jim Koch, a Harvard alum and founder of the company that gave us Sam Adams beer. (It was a decision he reached shortly after the Crimson got crushed by Arizona.)
After all that rejection, we’re beginning to get the feeling that it’s us.