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Schilling
Schilling
Posted: January 19, 2010

THERE'S LITTLE DOUBT whom Curt Schilling is backing in today's election in Massachusetts to fill the U.S. senate seat previously held by the late Ted Kennedy.

Hint: It's not Martha Coakley.

Last week, during a radio interview, Coakley mentioned that her opponent, Scott Brown, had been campaigning in Boston with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, whom, she reminded listeners, is a hated Yankees fan.

The interviewer then mentioned that former Phillies and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is also campaigning for Brown.

To which Coakley incorrectly replied, "And another Yankee fan."

Schilling then addressed the issue on his blog "38pitches.com," writing: "I've been called a lot of things, but never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn't know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could . . . "

Yesterday, Schilling had more to say about Coakley's understanding of Massachusetts voters and her performance as the state's attorney general.

"I think she seems to be very out of touch with who [the voters] are and what they are and what they want," Schilling told Fox News. "If you go back and look at her resume, it's not very good. She hasn't done very well."

To which Coakley responded, "I'm not concerned about what Curt Schilling says."

Now, we have no idea who will win today's election - polls indicate it's too close to call.

But we do know that it's not smart politics to diss a guy who is revered by voters. Schilling, after all, came up huge in 2004 when the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1918. And, while he may have retired, Schilling is still - as Coakley has found out - able to play hardball.

Nobody's laughing now, Buddy

While visiting the New York Jets' minicamp last June, Buddy Ryan made the following statement about his son Rex's team:

"I think you can near guarantee yourself a Super Bowl if they stay healthy, both offensive and defensive lines."

- Tom Mahon

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