Fans get no kick out of Menino flub

By Zuri Berry
Globe Staff / May 11, 2010

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Who among us does not know the great moments in Boston sports history?

The mayor, it turns out.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino was on Causeway Street yesterday to honor a new statue of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr, which depicts Orr’s famous overtime goal on May 10, 1970, that won the Stanley Cup.

Trying to put Orr’s goal in context, Menino, a self-described sports fan, cycled through other great athletic feats in Hub history: “Havlicek stole the ball; Fisk waving the ball fair; Flutie launching the Hail Mary pass; Varitek splitting the uprights.’’

Say what?

What Menino meant to say, of course, was Vinatieri, as in Adam, the former Patriots kicker who booted a 48-yard field goal to beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in the 2002 Super Bowl as time expired.

Needless to say, the sports fans who gathered for yesterday’s event did not take too kindly to Menino’s mistake. The estimated crowd of 500 people and assembled spectators grumbled after hearing the name of Jason Varitek, the longtime Red Sox catcher; some could be heard yelling Vinatieri’s name.

Menino did not help his cause by also mispronouncing the word iconic. But that was a minor quibble to sports fans who thought the Varitek line missed the uprights.

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