Remember when Jason Varitek nailed the field goal that gave the Patriots a Super Bowl victory?
No, because it didn't happen. But that's the scene Boston mayor Tom Menino mistakenly painted at a ceremony honoring Bruins legend Bobby Orr on Tuesday.
Menino, famous for verbal faux pas, used the name of Varitek, the Red Sox catcher, when he meant to speak of former Patriots K Adam Vinatieri, who kicked last-minute field goals in two of the Patriots' three Super Bowl wins.
"Boston has an amazing set of remarkable athletes whose actions in the moment have become ionic (sic) in sports. (John) Havlicek stole the ball. Fisk waved the ball fair. (Doug) Flutie launched the Hail Mary pass. Varitek split the uprights."
What's especially odd is that Menino appeared to be reading from a script.
And it's all part of Mumbles Menino's (as he's known in Boston) schtick. He'd mangled other names in the past and he's a horrible public speaker. I think its a put-on, honestly, to make him look like a harmless, golly-gee, bumpkin kind of a mayor. It's certainly worked for him as he's been the mayor for the past 20 years. There's no arguing, however, that he;s done some great things for the city.