I've always said that it's a big plus for politicians to be able to talk about either their local sports teams or know enough about sports in general to use that knowledge to connect with working class Americans. Unfortunately, it can also cost a candidate big, if as Martha Coakley found out, screwing up can cost you dearly.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democrat vying to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and to cast the 60th vote for the bill, may be about to find out. She is being roundly mocked in this Red Sox-crazy state for mistakenly suggesting in a radio interview that Curt Schilling, the former Red Sox pitcher, is a Yankee fan.
Let's forward fast to last night in Buffalo, NY. Former ex-NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan, introduced Trump at a rally and when Trump came on the stage to congratulate him, he made a monumental gaffe about Ryan's tenure as a Jets head coach.
“Great football coach and a great guy... You know, he won championships in New York, AFC, I think, twice and always had these teams that were brutal”
Rex Ryan made it to two AFC championship conference games in his first two season, but never won them. If he had, he'd still be a coach in New York and not coaching up in Buffalo.
Even NY's Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, who host WFAN's morning sports talk show mocked Trump for making a fool of himself and they are Republican supporters.
Boomer said, "I didn't realize your team won two AFC championships?" "All he does is butcher the world of coaches, whether not knowing that coach Paterno is dead..."
Boomer was happy that Trump doesn't run wacky political ads.
Here's how the New York Daily News respnded: