BOSTON (CBS) — Boston mayor Thomas Menino has held his position since Bill Parcells’ first year as Patriots head coach all the way back in 1993, and he’s seen hundreds upon hundreds of players pass through over the years. So you can forgive him for occasionally forgetting an athlete’s name.
However, the style with which Menino botches names of famous local athletes is unparalleled, and he showed off that form on Wednesday.
The mayor spoke with Baltimore’s mayor, and the media was on hand to catch the conversation.
After listing Tom Brady, Tom Brady and Tom Brady as great players on the Patriots, Menino then mentioned Stevan Ridley before trying to say Vince Wilfork.
“Wilcock?” the mayor said, before someone told him that “Wilfork” was the word he was looking for. “Wilfork, I’m sorry. Wilcock? Yeah,” the mayor added, making fun of himself.
The mayor was wearing a Vince Wilfork jersey.
Menino also has high hopes for Aaron Hernandez in the absence of Rob Gronkowski, even if Gronk may have lost a letter to his nickname.
“Hernandez is going to do a great job as he steps in for Gonk. Gonk’s hurt,” Menino said.
Botching athletes’ names has become a regular occurrence for Menino. He famously said Jason Varitek “split the uprights” when he meant Adam Vinatieri. Last year, he referred to “Gonk” as “Grabowski” and to Wes Welker as Wes “Wekler.” He also referred to Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo as “K.J. and Hondo.”