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Holtz, McDonnell share some laughs

Anita Kumar

Lou Holtz, the legendary football coach who led Notre Dame to a national championship and is now an ESPN analyst, cracked jokes and shared stories with a standing room only crowd of Bob McDonnell supporters in Richmond tonight.

A sampling of Holtz's quips:

What do you call a former Redskins player with a Super Bowl ring? "Senior citzens."

What was the most important thing you learned while coaching at William & Mary? "We had too many Marys and not enough Williams."

"I know we have Democrats in here. I tried to use small words."

"Well, they may have a few more people with the president tomorrow, but it won't be as entertaining,'' McDonnell proclaimed.

About 200 people sipped wine and munched on cheese and crackers at the Willow Oaks Country Club as Holtz spoke. Former Lt. Gov. John Hager attended, as did many McDonnell staffers and lobbyists. McDonnell was accompanied by his wife, Maureen, a former Redskins cheerleader, and three of their five children.

Throughout his speech, Holtz offered bits of wisdom to the audience and McDonnell.

"We're down near the end of the race here,'' he said. "You have to finish a game. You have to finish a race. There's never anything easy about it. You're got eight days left. Finish what you started. Be committed to it. Do the very best to your ability."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 26, 2009; 9:19 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Should read former Lt. Gov. John Hager

Posted by: madoug | October 26, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, madoug, I've made that correction.

Christopher Dean Hopkins
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Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | October 27, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I went to William & Mary... what's that supposed to mean?...

Posted by: antonioeliasiv | October 27, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Lou Holtz is colorful. But you gotta wonder where he formed his wisdom to share with that group?
The joke where he busts on the Skins is a bit funny. After all, the Skins haven't won a national championship since 1992.
Of course, neither Lou Holtz nor the Fighting Irish -- the presumed connection between Lou and Bob McDonnell -- haven't won a National Championship since 1988.
Btw, Lou's NFL coaching career was very forgettable, although it was featured in a bit on the NFL Network as one of the worst coaching performances in the history of the league. He went 3-10 with the Jets in 1976 and resigned before the final game of the season.
"You have to finish a game. You have to finish a race. There's never anything easy about it. You're got eight days left. Finish what you started. Be committed to it. Do the very best to your ability."
Thanks for sound advice, Coach.

Posted by: tpscanlon | October 27, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is that Virginia's history of oppositional politics to The White House is still alive. It appears that Ayatollahs McDonnell, Bolling and Cuccinelli will win the election. Some Virginian's will feel like winners. Sad truth is that we will all be losers. No resolution on Transportation issues. No on further investment in Education. No fixing our crumbling ifrastructure. No on any hope of Health Care Delivery reform. No end to ridiculous legislation on The Socially Divisive issues. No end to the smoke and mirrors agenda that wants to take it's citizens back to a time that never was.

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | October 27, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

What do you can William & Mary if Osama bin-McDonnell wins?


Posted by: revbookburn | October 27, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

antonioeliasiv wrote, "I went to William & Mary... what's that supposed to mean?..." I think it means William and Mary is known for academia, not sports. Personally I think it's a sign of a good school, a school with the right priorities.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | October 27, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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