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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ESPN Boston: Final sports blunder for Menino?

Just don’t blame him for Manny Ortez, that was Kerry.

In what could be the final sports blunder of his administration, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told reporters on Tuesday morning he hoped the Boston Red Sox would win “the World Series Cup.”

It’s presumed Menino was referencing the Commissioner’s Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the upcoming World Series between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals…

Menino’s most infamous reference came in 2010, when dedicating a statue to Bruins legend Bobby Orr’s “ionic” goal to win the 1970 Stanley Cup. In discussing some of the best moments in Boston sports, Menino said it was Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek who “split the uprights” to win the Patriots’ first Super Bowl in 2002. He was of course referring to Adam Vinatieri.

The District Attorney Posted: October 22, 2013 at 02:43 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: postseason, red sox, world series cup

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2013 at 05:09 PM (#4580485)
St. Louis Mayor won't take bet with Boston mayor over World Series.

“No mayoral sports bets this post-season. That frees up time of staffers. Plus, it isn’t fair to other mayors,” he Tweeted.


Reminds of this hilarious SNL sketch.
   2. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: October 22, 2013 at 05:20 PM (#4580488)
Maybe he was thinking of this?
   3. Dale Sams Posted: October 22, 2013 at 06:05 PM (#4580504)
I just hope the Bruins can recapture the Stanley Hockey Trophy.
   4. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 22, 2013 at 06:23 PM (#4580508)
No mayoral sports bets this post-season


Wait, is that the Cardinal way? Or is that just the St. Louis Mayoral way? I'm still very confused about this whole Cardinal way thing?
   5. Walt Davis Posted: October 22, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4580526)
It’s presumed Menino was referencing the Commissioner’s Trophy

I would presume that his brain circuits got a bit crossed and when it went looking for "World Series" it stumbled across "World Cup" as well and by then it was too late for the brain to stop the mouth from saying something stupid. Happens to all of us.
   6. Adam Starblind Posted: October 22, 2013 at 09:06 PM (#4580551)
Menino's retention for all these years of the mayor's office in a major American city boggles the mind.
   7. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: October 22, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4580558)
Then you have no idea of what drives mayoral politics. Menino was so incompetent there wasn't a single plausible challenger in four re-elections.
   8. Rough Carrigan Posted: October 22, 2013 at 09:58 PM (#4580566)
Oh what a naive perspective on politics in must take to believe that being utterly incompetent would have much influence on whether you have a plausible challenger. Being a pliable front man for the machine will get the whole machine behind you and working to deflect any challengers.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: October 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM (#4580618)
I have no opinion on this particular mayor's abilities or lack thereof, but any hizzoner's knowledge of the local sporting teams is one of the last qualities I'm interested in.

And compliments to the St. Louee Boss who bypassed the mayoral bet.
   10. Ray (RDP) Posted: October 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM (#4580621)
Maybe there is someone in his administration setting him up for these?
   11. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: October 23, 2013 at 12:03 AM (#4580625)
How are Menino's malapropisms any indication of his ability as a mayor? A mayor runs on what he can do not on what he says. Boston mayors have a huge incumbent advantage and Menino managed to keep enough people satisfied. There are criticisms of him, but none are that he was incompetent.
   12. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: October 23, 2013 at 05:30 AM (#4580676)
How are Menino's malapropisms any indication of his ability as a mayor? A mayor runs on what he can do not on what he says. Boston mayors have a huge incumbent advantage and Menino managed to keep enough people satisfied. There are criticisms of him, but none are that he was incompetent.


Yeah, Menino can't talk at all (particularly now that he's been incapacitated for months), but Boston is among the best-run big cities. I think most people recognize that. There's some aging infrastructure, but it's an older city. That's gonna happen.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of how they've developed the Convention Center/Waterfront area, but it's hard to argue that it's worse than the nothing that was there before. I'm curious as to what actual criticisms people have of Menino as a mayor (outside of his inability to speak clearly, which is well documented).
   13. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: October 23, 2013 at 08:43 AM (#4580719)
I'll toss out the standard suggestion -- anyone that finds themselves puzzled about big city mayors backed by machines really ought to buy themselves a copy of Royko's Boss. It's just as prescient today as it was 30 years ago... and when you read it, don't just read it for the pokes at J Daley (though there are plenty and they are often hilarious) - read it for the why.... there's a very good reason people like Daley or Menino keep getting elected and it actually has very little to do with intimidation, out-and-out fraud, or whatnot and everything to do with basic human nature, especially human nature of people who don't have the time or leisure to care about the niceties of how the salon says things should be done.

Or - while it was about a ward boss turned congressman - a shorter read would be Royko's eulogizing of Dan Rostenkowski's career....
   14. jmurph Posted: October 23, 2013 at 09:01 AM (#4580725)
To follow on post 12, Menino's tenure has also been fairly scandal-free. So relatively strong economy, relatively scandal-free administration, relatively low crime as large cities go, and you're going to get more than enough voters being (relatively!) happy enough to keep sending the mayor back.

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