Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The Sporting Life of John Kerry

This post is especially for Rusty, who's an avid hunter...

I was listening to Hugh Hewitt's radio show this evening and he, having completed multiple marathons, picked up on a story over at Football Fans for Truth. It seems that Senator Kerry is claiming he ran the Boston Marathon, but doesn't remember any details. ESPN is investigating.

In a later article, ESPN tried to nail down the exact date and reported that "there's no official record of his feat, and his campaign did not provide further details despite repeated inquiries." The November issue of Runner's World reports that "he doesn't recall his time, and no official record exists".

While we hold that John Kerry is not fit to be sports-fan-in-chief, Football Fans for Truth will alert their many readers to John Kerry's Boston Marathon run as evidence of our dedication to honesty and openness. But we're not sure exactly when this event occurred. Did he run it twice, once in the 70s and once in 1980, or once in 1980 and once in 1982? When did he qualify for the marathon?

We aren't too surprised that John Kerry doesn't remember his time. After all, he can't remember the name of an historic football stadium or current baseball players, so how can we expect him to remember an event that happened 20....no, 22...no, 24 or 25, maybe?...years ago?

Meanwhile, Hugh also mentioned this piece at Travelling Shoes (link via Powerline) about a Field and Stream interview with Senator Kerry.

Senator von Munchausen

From this month's Field and Stream comes this tidbit in an interview with John "The Fabulist" Kerry.
F&S What's the biggest deer you ever killed?

Kerry: Probably an 8-pointer, something like that. Nothing terribly big...I once had an incredible encounter with the most enormous buck - I don't know, 16 points or something. It was just huge. And I failed to pull the trigger at the right moment. I was hunting down in Massachusetts, on the Cape.
Holy Cats! A 16-pointer that got away, and on Cape Cod no less!

Two things: First, an 8 pointer would be huge, a buck of a life-time for most guys. And a 16-pointer would be the grand-daddy of all New England deer, in fact, it'd be close to a Massachusett record.
In case you're wondering, here's part of the entry from Dictionary.com on Munchausen Syndrome:
Münch·hau·sen /'m[ue]nk-"hau-z&n,/ Karl Friedrich Hieronymous, Freiherr von (1720–1797), German soldier. As a retired cavalry officer Münchhausen acquired a reputation as a raconteur of preposterous stories about his adventures as a soldier, hunter, and sportsman. From 1781 to 1783 a collection of such tales was published, with authorship generally attributed to the baron. An English version of the tales was published in 1785 under the title Baron Munchausen's Narrative of His Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia. Only years later in 1824 was it revealed that the author of the English edition was Rudolph Erich Raspe (1737–1794). Other authors used these stories as source material to exaggerate still further or to compose other tall tales of a similar mode. Gradually Münchhausen's name became associated with the amusingly preposterous story or the lie winningly told.

IMBD.com has info on the 1988 movie which starred Robin Williams.