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McConnell: Vote for the Duke guy

Look, we all know politicians know squadoosh about sports.

(Well, except for President Obama, who knows his college buckets forward and backward. And Nixon knew his NFL).

Anyway ... they still insist on venturing onto this dangerous ground, on the notion that it makes them seem like regular-type common folk. None of the regular-type common folk are ever fooled, of course, but they keep on doing it.

This has led to some highly comical moments over the years, like when John Kerry, confused as to which side of the state line he was on, told a crowd of mostly Michigan fans there was nothing like Ohio State Buckeyes football. Or when Hillary Clinton, a lifelong Cubs fan, suddenly started showing up in a Yankees cap when she was running for office in New York.

(Pu-leeze, Hill. Who did you think you were kidding?).

Nothing, however, is as catastrophic a goof as this.

Even if it was an honest mistake, no Kentucky politician could ever pull a gaffe worse than confusing UK hoops with Duke. I mean, it's Duke. You could have inserted a clip of anyone else -- even, yes, Indiana -- and not have it cut deeper than Duke, home of that thug Christian Laettner, who somehow was still around to make the winning shot in that iconic 1992 NCAA after earlier stomping on a Kentucky player's chest.

Kentucky lost the game, in my humble opinion, the next trip down the floor, when no Wildcat stepped forward to put Laettner on the deck in retaliation. Although that oversight does leave McConnell with a potential recovery move.

Only way he survives this, I figure, is if he tracks down Laettner and punches him out.

Landslide victory to follow.

Ben Smith's blog.