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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Face to Face with March Madness

DC's Smithsonian museums (there are 17 of them here in the city) are among America's most treasured and visited places. But the Smithsonian also publishes a series of some of the most interesting, fact-filled blogs appearing anywhere on the internet. Each Sunday, The Prices Do DC re-posts an entry that initially appeared in one of those highly-readable blogs. Hope you enjoy and maybe we'll see you soon at the Smithsonian.


It is difficult to find a part of the American experience not represented by portraiture. In most every athletic, cultural, and political discipline, there is a figure who has made some contribution to increase the span of that discipline’s endeavors.
College basketball is no different. When the National Collegiate Athletic Association puts forth its selection of tournament teams each March, work stops and conversation turns to “bracketology,” or—as some would say—the science of picking the final four teams out of the field of sixty-eight, and ultimately, picking the national champion.
The National Portrait Gallery has its own Final Four tribute in the form of four portraits of individuals who made significant contributions to college basketball: John Wooden, coach, UCLA; Michael Jordan, guard, North Carolina; Earvin “Magic” Johnson, point guard, Michigan State; Larry Bird, forward, Indiana State.
To continue reading this post, which first appeared in FaceToFace, a blog from the National Portrait Gallery, click here.

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