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Larry and Barry on the Kentucky bandwagon

Larry Brown, President Obama see the Wildcats as the team to beat

Kentucky Wildcats forward Karl-Anthony Towns (12) with forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15). (Dale Zanine/USA Today)
Kentucky Wildcats forward Karl-Anthony Towns (12) with forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15). (Dale Zanine/USA Today)Read more

SEEMS LIKE everybody is in Kentucky's corner.

Yesterday Larry Brown, whose SMU Mustangs are playing in the Big Dance today, hinted that Kentucky will win the national championship, while President Obama picked the Wildcats outright.

Brown told Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio that he thinks Kentucky "would make the NBA playoffs in the East [Division]."

That ought to instill lots of confidence in his team if, by some crazy chance, it meets Kentucky in the title game.

Obama didn't hint at anything. He picked unbeaten Kentucky to win it all in his bracket, which was released yesterday.

Obama has the Wildcats from the Bluegrass State beating Villanova, the Wildcats from the Main Line, for the national championship.

Of course, if 'Nova wins it will make for an awkward moment when Jay Wright and the boys show up at the White House.

Say it ain't so, Joe

Dr. Joseph Maroon, a consultant for the NFL and the Steelers' neurosurgeon, appeared on the NFL Network yesterday to talk about Chris Borland, the 49ers' 24-year-old linebacker who recently retired.

Borland said he fears long-term effects from multiple concussions. In other words, he doesn't want to end up with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Yesterday, the good doc, going against the views of other experts, said cases of CTE in the NFL are "rare."

And don't worry about letting your children play youth football, he said, because there are more "injuries to kids falling off of bikes, scooters, [and] falling in playgrounds than there are in youth football."

Of course, he failed to mention that's because there are more kids riding bikes and scooters than there are playing football.

As Bugs Bunny would say, "What a Maroon."