I have been goofing off, and here’s where I was today–at Budgetball on the Mall. I didn’t play, and the Concord/Brookings team was eliminated in the first round (losing to the Urban Institute’s team***UPDATED: that’s Bob Reischauer, President of Urban, in action above), but it was a glorious day on the Mall, and it was great fun being a spectator and part of the broader “fiscal fanatics” team. We at Concord are working with the “youth” segment of the fiscal responsibility movement this week. I’ll be posting more on this (and probably some photos and video links) later this week.
UPDATED: The Politico published this story on the games Sunday night. For those of you wondering how the various teams did and what makes for a strong Budgetball team (is it mostly one’s budgeting skills or mostly one’s balling skills?):
…for all their financial know-how, teams from the House Budget Committee, the Treasury and OMB fell short against the teams from University of Miami and Arkansas’s Philander Smith University. The college teams battled it out in a close final match, with University of Miami ultimately talking top tournament honors.
The Miami players were secretive about their strategy—”take your sacrifices early” was all that one player revealed before his teammates cut him off. But it didn’t hurt that the team was comprised of flag football players and a track and field runner.
As [Peter G. Peterson Foundation CEO David] Walker said, when asked to describe the ideal team, “You want at least one person who can add and think strategy. Then, you probably want five athletes.”
And here’s a link to a story on Budgetball in Monday’s Washington Times.