Posted by Matt Norlander
In sports, if The Man dials your digits, everything is put on hold.
That's what happened to UConn women's head coach Geno Auriemma during his post-game press conference last night. As he was giving hordes of reporters quotes for their columns and gamers, Auriemma was handed a cell phone that had known basketball-lover Barack Obama on the other line.
Auriemma handled the private conversation in a public forum fairly well. Hard to make a two-person conversation with a one-sided soundbite slant entertaining, but Auriemma did it. He was gracious, funny, bouncy and respectful — all while doing it naturally, coming off as himself.
Absolutely love his zinger at the 2:22 mark, by the way.
Auriemma and Obama have gotten to know each other, of course, because UConn's taken two trips to the White House in light of winning two national titles since Obama was elected. Presidents interrupting press conferences after sporting events is nothing new. We've seen it with Walter Payton , Nixon calling to console Don Shula, along with plenty of other instances. Pretty neat stuff to demand the attention of Mister President during one of the proudest moments of an athlete or coach's life.
Also, I wanted to show you a second video from last night's presser that's certainly worth your time. Below, Auriemma attempts to clarify the message he was trying to send when he went off on his epic rant at Madison Square Garden a couple of nights ago. Say this about the man: He's always interesting and always delivering plenty of quotes to fill up the copy. Enjoy.