Crazy Shaysie earned himself the wrath of sports fans for weighing in on the Clemens/McNamee controversy in advance of the actual hearings in the New York Post:
“I hope and pray Roger is telling the truth,” said Shays, who met with Clemens privately last week. “He’s a sports icon. He’s a remarkable player. Brian McNamee is, frankly, kind of sleazy. I hope he’s the one that is lying. I hope someone who a lot of Americans look up to is telling the truth.”
Now Shays is taking a public flogging at the hands of WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog, who not only endorsed Jim Himes today but gave him so much free media today it’s sort of embarassing:
Mad Dog: "Here’s the thing about Shays. I’m gonna go out of my way in November. We’re gonna get him the hell out of Connecticut. We’re gonna get Himes in there."
Shays has a fabulous history with sports testimony:
Shays, R-Conn., was ridiculed in the media for getting facts about baseball and sports history wrong and incorrectly pronouncing the name of former slugger Rafael Palmeiro.
"I was simply rushing through," Shays says. "Obviously, it is embarrassing, but that’s not the issue. I have been in this business a long time, and I have learned not to sweat the small stuff."
Shays, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, referred to the 1919 Chicago White Sox team that threw the World Series as the "Blackhawks" — the National Hockey League team — instead of the Black Sox.
He pronounced Palmeiro as "Palmeree," and talked about Palmeiro’s 300th career hit instead of his 3,000th career hit. Palmeiro appeared before the committee in 2005.
They offered to hold a picnic and encouraged people to max out to Jim, who is greeting their listeners on his website now.
Talk about your golden endorsements.