|Menino flubs again, criticizes NBA officials||06.10.10 at 2:18 pm ET|
Tom Menino is at it again.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Tobin Community Center in Boston Wednesday, the Boston mayor thanked “Donald Sterns” and the NBA instead of David Stern, the actual NBA commissioner. (Click here for the video evidence.) The flub is somewhat defensible, given that Donald K. Stern was the U.S. attorney for the Bay State from 1993 to 2001. It’s probable that the mayor simply mixed up his Sterns.
This, however, is the second time in recent memory that Menino has mixed up his sports icons. Last month, at the ceremony commemorating the new Bobby Orr statue in front of the TD Garden, he claimed that Boston sports remember “Varitek splitting the uprights,” rather than Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, as one of the “ionic” moments in Boston sports history.
Earlier in his Wednesday speech, Menino came very close to directly criticizing the much-publicized officiating of this year’s NBA finals.
“I’m not saying anything; the commissioner is right behind me,” Menino said, according to a Los Angeles Times piece by Baxter Holmes. But in just saying that, Menino had said enough.
Later in the piece, which can be read in its entirety by clicking here, the mayor talked about the effects a high-foul count has on the game.
“You just can’t take control,” Menino said. “You ruin it for the fans. The referees aren’t supposed to be the show. The players are supposed to be the show, but sometimes the referees want to be the show. That’s unfortunate.”
Eddie F. Rush, Scott Foster and Greg Willard have been announced as the referees for Thursday’s Game 4.