Notre Dame Sends President Obama Neon Jersey After Uniform Jab

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 21, 2013


President Barack Obama has a new Notre Dame basketball jersey with his name on it.

When making his NCAA tournament picks on Wednesday, Obama bagged on Notre Dame's neon-green and yellow jerseys for March Madness, via Yahoo! Sports.

So Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey made sure Obama got one of his own Notre Dame jerseys.

Brey tweeted:

Talk about your all-time backfires.

Opinions vary on Notre Dame's NCAA tournament uniforms. Some like the flashy look, while others despise it. Honestly, if you supposedly have the luck (and fight) of the Irish, why change anything?

Obama has No. 7 seed Notre Dame defeating No. 10 seed Iowa State in the round of 64 on Friday, but he doesn't have the Fighting Irish advancing after that. Given he's had some success with his brackets in the past, I'd be worried if I were Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish rank 41st in field-goal percentage this season, but they rank 127th in defensive efficiency, per

Perhaps the neon jerseys are meant to blind the opposition? It wouldn't be a bad move, given Notre Dame's defense this season. The Fighting Irish allowed Louisville to shoot 46 percent from the floor in their Big East tournament loss this year.

On the other hand, backdoor cuts are going to be nearly impossible to pull off in those unis. Sneaking past the opponent will be about as likely as finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 

While Obama may have already stuffed his Notre Dame jersey in the back of his closet, judging by Brey's response to the fashion snub, I'm guessing the Fighting Irish are going to wear their new unis with pride on Friday. 


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