President Barack Obama honored the national champion Louisville Cardinals at the White House on Tuesday, receiving in exchange a personalized basketball jersey and a Louisville Slugger bat from coach Rick Pitino.
During the ceremony, Obama joked about the tattoo Pitino was required to get after the win:
I guess I discounted the motivational power of making your 60-year-old coach get a tattoo if you won. You have something that will stay with you forever, a shirtless picture of you on the Internet. That will never be erased! (USA Today)
Obama also discussed the injury suffered by Kevin Ware in the Elite Eight win over Duke, praising the Cardinals for how they came together and supported their fallen teammate:
Obviously all of us remember the terrible injury that Kevin suffered. But what we also remember is the love that all of his teammates showed for him. The way that he was on crutches a day later, a week after that he was up there cutting the nets in Atlanta. Today he is standing here with his teammates.
Obama went on to address each member of the team personally, citing private information/factoids he gleaned from NSA reports and drone surveillance photos.
[Source: USA Today]