(Updated at 4 p.m. Thursday)
Gronk will be missed this weekend, but we'll always have "Gonk."
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's loyalty to the Patriots is beyond question - it's just some of players he needs to get straight.
Wednesday, while discussing Sunday's AFC championship against the Baltimore
Orioles Ravens, Menino had some trouble with a few of the player names.
"We've already got a great guy in Willcott," (Or was it "Wilcock"? With the Mayor we can never be 100 percent sure.) Menino said on New England Cable News Network in a clip that was aired during Felger and Mazz on 98.5 The Sports Hub and on Comcast Sports Net. Immediately, the mayor, wearing a No. 75 Patriots Vince Wilfork jersey, is interrupted and corrected by a woman who says: "Wilfork."
Menino then continued: "...of course, Wilfork... We have it all. (Aaron) Hernandez is going to a great job as he sets in for Gonk, since Gonk's hurt. The defense is coming together." Gonk presumably would be tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is out for the playoffs due to a broken arm. The mayor did nail the 6:30 p.m. kickoff time and was right on by saying "the whole city is going stop."
Thursday - he took to Twitter:
Menino's roster moves came while he was dishing out a food bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, over the phone on the game.
If New England wins Sunday, according to bostinno.com, Baltimore will ship north some crab cakes, fruit salad, Berger cookies, and stuffed cabbage. If the Pats lose, then Menino is on the hook for Rawlings-Blake local seafood from Redís Best Seafood, spicy fare from CropCircle Kitchen, Alexís Ugly Hot Sauce and some other samplings from Beantown's menu.
Last season, before the Patriots playoff victory over Denver, Menino added Res Weckler to the team's lineup.
Among his other past gems:
- There was the Celtics tandem of "KJ and Hondo":
- At a dedication ceremony at the Tobin Community Center in 2010, the mayor made reference to NBA commissioner
David Stern "Donald Sterns."
- Menino used the term "great ball players" to describe the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins.
- He called the Dropkick Murphys the "Dropkick Murphy" and called the screen on the scoreboard at the Garden a "Jumbletron" in lieu of the term JumboTron.
And the all-time greatest of epic Mumbles' Stumbles, Hizzoner had former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek splitting the uprights:
Can't wait for Super Bowl week.
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