It was a national shocker. Massachusetts sends a Republican to congress about as often as the Cubs win the World Series, and Brown trailed by as many as 30 percentage points in early polling.
But Brown gained momentum through the holidays and got his final boost when Coakley stated in an interview that
That's right, boys and girls. She
Welcome to Massachusetts, where it's always about sports, politics and revenge.
Coakley tried to recover from her gaffe, later saying that she was joking. Nobody was buying. The comment was a clear sign that she was out of touch with the rank and file. Anybody who lives in greater Boston simply has to know that Schilling is the embodiment of Boston's long-awaited conquest of the Yankees in 2004.
Schilling a Yankee fan? That's like calling
It's like calling
When Schilling was acquired by the Sox in November 2003, his first remark was: "I guess I hate the Yankees now.'' He pledged to end the Curse of the Bambino and then went out and did it in his first Fenway season, famously bleeding into his sock when he won Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. Trying to win a Massachusetts election after calling Schilling a Yankee fan is like driving a Toyota while you're running for governor. You've got no chance.
The Schilling blurb was not Coakley's only sports-related blunder. Scott Brown made friends on New Year's Day by standing outside Fenway Park and shaking hands with the hearty souls who had scored tickets to the Bruins-Flyers Winter Classic. When Coakley was chided for being too passive late in her campaign, she snapped, "As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park. In the cold? Shaking hands?''
Big mistake. In our town sports and politics are intertwined like strands on a double helix. You rarely see one without the other.
An ailing Ted Kennedy threw out the first pitch at the Sox home opener last April.
When Massachusetts governor
Most recently Schilling has mixed sports and politics in Boston. A dedicated Republican, never shy about giving his opinion, the big Blowhard actually considered running for Kennedy's seat in the early weeks after the congressional lion passed away. Ever the glory hound, he announced he wasn't running on HBO's
Longtime Massachusetts state auditor
Oh, and then there's this fellow named
Brady has it all. He's got the looks, the charisma, the fame and he's remained politically neutral on just about everything. He got into a little hot water when he accepted an invitation to one of
Tom Brady for President. Someday.
He'd never say that Curt Schilling was a Yankee fan.