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Patriot Loss Clears Romney from the Room

By Glenn Kessler
NASHVILLE -- Mitt Romney is on the prowl for an upset on Super Tuesday against the heavily favored John McCain. But that didn't lessen the sting of Sunday night's football upset of his hometown team.

Romney, who on Saturday emailed New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wishing him good luck in the Superbowl, still held out hope for a New England win as the seconds ticked away on the team's undefeated season.

Anything's possible," he said, wearing a Super Bowl baseball cap, with 25 seconds to go as aides and reporters crowded around a television set in the lobby of an airport hotel here.

Romney had watched the kick-off and part of the game with supporters in Maryland Heights, Mo., a St. Louis suburb, before missing part of the game as he flew here. Former senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who is campaigning with Romney, also joined the crowd.

When the team lost, Romney pronounced it "one of the worst moments in sports history." He turned to the others and said, "You can stay here and watch the celebration; I'm not gonna."

Earlier, Romney had told reporters he had no plans to congratulate Sen. Hillary Clinton if the Giants had won.

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Looks like the sorest losers are Brady and Moss, skipping the Pro Bowl. What a couple of sorry jerks.

Posted by: mf2112 | February 5, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Give credit where credit is due. the New York Giants are probably ALL Republicans and could not care less about Billary! However, they did defeat Dallas and green Bay at their Homefields! They then went on to legitimately defeat New England carrying an un-precedented NFC Wild-Card drive to Victory!

Congrats to the New York Giants, in a well deserved and hard fought win. Mitt Romney should not take a PROFESSIONAL Team, soooo seriously!

Biggest difference between Pro Football Players and Pro Wrestlers-The Football Players are College Grads, and hence better Actors

Posted by: rat-the | February 4, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago that Mitt was calling himself of the "native son" in Michigan? So why wasn't he rooting for the Lions? Another flip-flop?

Oh, wait, the Lions--like my Bears--have been playing golf for the last few weeks.

Posted by: arnieorloski | February 4, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

There is hope for the American soul.

The Super-Bowl is clear evidence that black, white or one's faith is not a factor in our competitive fair society.

Posted by: adamscar | February 4, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I am not talking about "pretty" here. If they had played to 100% I would have accepted "ugly".

Posted by: JakeD | February 4, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse


It wasn't the prettiest game, but the effort was there. Both teams played their hearts out and left it all on the field. That's what it's all about.

The only way it could have been better is if the Packers had won it. :-)

Posted by: packsoldier | February 4, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Packsoldier: I'm with you. Born in MA, living in ME, big Pat's fan, but damn, that was one hell of a game. That one play alone where Manning escapes a sure sack, throws the damn ball 40 yards downfield where the guy catches it by pinning it to his helmet? Doesn't get any better. (Well, worse, for me, but you get the point!)

Posted by: tquinn1 | February 4, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't think either team played at Super Bowl quality.

Posted by: JakeD | February 4, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"Worst moment in sports history?"

That was arguably the greatest Super Bowl ever. Even a Pats fan should be able to admit it.

Posted by: packsoldier | February 4, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

At least Belichick didn't appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 4, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The Patriots losing is not a bad omen for Mitt Romney, they'er just a football team and it was only the Super Bowl. Now, having Rick Santorum on his shoulder, THAT'S a bad omen.

Posted by: hardrain | February 4, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Gov Rommey is a sore loser just like the cheater coach of the NE Pats! I'm so glad the Pats lost and Congrats to The Giants for a Great Win...

Posted by: joelmtz98 | February 4, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Glenn Kessler:
"Earlier, Romney had told reporters he had no plans to congratulate Sen. Hillary Clinton if the Giants had won."

Wow, just like Belichick - a sore loser.
Posted by: avagabond | February 4, 2008 10:32 AM

Glenn Kessler: Bwa ha ha ha ha!

Next we'll have Obama supporters criticizing Sen Clinton's "expectation" of congratulations and its telling of the larger character flaw of always taking credit for the work of others.


Posted by: zukermand | February 4, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

This doesn't seem terrible bright of HRC to do a day before the Mass primary...Boston doesn't take to kindly to this....

February 3, 2008, 11:22 pm

Clinton's Post-Game Show
By Patrick Healy

ABOARD THE CLINTON PRESS PLANE - Before taking off to New York late Sunday night, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton hailed the New York football Giants and made a few quips about Senator Barack Obama and the people of Massachusetts, who vote on Feb. 5.

Told that Mr. Obama was supporting the Patriots - the home team of his supporters Edward M. Kennedy, John Kerry, and Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Mrs. Clinton grinned and said, "Hm, I wonder why."

And reminded that she had two campaign stops in Massachusetts on Monday, she joked: "They can redeem themselves on Tuesday - they can vote for a winner."

Otherwise she took the Giants' victory as tidings of things to come.

"Well, I think this is a real omen," she said.

Posted by: buttonjb | February 4, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Neither the coach nor Romney are sore losers. Disappointed, but not sore losers like Al Gore, for instance.

Posted by: JakeD | February 4, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"Earlier, Romney had told reporters he had no plans to congratulate Sen. Hillary Clinton if the Giants had won."

Wow, just like Belichick - a sore loser.

Give it up Mitt, a perfect season dowsn't mean squat if you can't close the deal, and I'm a Redskin fan.

Posted by: avagabond | February 4, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"Earlier, Romney had told reporters he had no plans to congratulate Sen. Hillary Clinton if the Giants had won."

I'm not positive, but I thought Glenn Kessler was a fairly responsible, professional journalist. Sadly, I must have been mistaken.

Posted by: zukermand | February 4, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

A bad omen for McCain?

Posted by: parkerfl | February 4, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

The latest wave of polls show Obama rising fast, up in 2 new California polls, taking the lead for the first time in MO and tying for the first time in NJ! Link:

Posted by: campaigndiaries | February 4, 2008 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Check out this video at a town hall meeting in Arizona where 2 attendees challenge McCain on illegal immigration (anchor babies).

McCain refuses to answer the person who asks the question, then his staff ejects a second constituent (sounds like Michelle Dellacroce of Mothers Against Illegal Aliens to me, LOL!) who presses the issue.

Posted by: ladya2004 | February 4, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a republican but I am a Pats Fan and Mitt's soul brother tonight. The second that last ball dropped I was DONE with football. Maybe I'll check back in next thanksgiving.

Posted by: tulane2 | February 4, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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