Thursday, March 18, 2010


Gov. Bill Ritter announced his strong disagreement and deep disappointment with President Obama today, saying the President has made a fundamental March Madness mistake on his NCAA bracket picks.

“While I have been a staunch supporter of our country’s President, today I am saddened to say we no longer see eye to eye – at least not on his decision to pick Florida State over Gonzaga in the first round of the tournament,” Gov. Ritter said. “The fact is Gonzaga has been ranked a top 15 team most of the season and will be a very dangerous eight seed for any team to face in the tournament.”

The Governor urged the President to call for a Congressional investigation into the extremely low seeding. The Governor also issued his own Executive Order creating a Bill Ritter Blue Ribbon Panel to examine where the selection committee went wrong. Partially explaining Gov. Ritter's allegiance to Gonzaga, one of the Governor's sons attends the university, located in Spokane , Wash.

The Governor cited Gonzaga’s renewed emphasis on defense this year and the stellar play of Colorado ’s own Matt Bouldin. “Gonzaga is led this year by one of the best basketball players our state has produced in a long, long time,” Gov. Ritter said. “His pass-first mentality and leadership abilities have Gonzaga looking to make a deep run in this year’s tournament.”

Bouldin attended ThunderRidge High School , where he was named the Colorado State Player of the year as a junior and senior. As a senior at Gonzaga, Bouldin was named to the John R. Wooden All-American Team and is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award.

The Gonzaga basketball team is playing the first game of the second session on Friday at 5:10 p.m. MST in the NCAA First Round at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo , N.Y.

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