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Turnover in the Red Zone: Paul Ryan makes another sports gaffe, thinks Colt McCoy is Brandon Weeden

Oct 17, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

Paul Ryan, Joe Thomas, Jimmy Haslam AP

Another sports blunder? Throw this one on the pile and let’s move on. In early Sept., Paul Ryan’s rousing pregame speech to the Miami of Ohio football team resulted in a 56-10 loss to Ohio State. Then he became the Sub-Three-Minute-Marathon man (that one was an outright fib). Then he climbed 38 mountains in Colorado (except he obviously didn’t).

Today our VP hopeful was at Cleveland Browns practice (good choice — supporting the underdog) after a campaign stop with Condoleeza Rice (Condoleeza in 2016!) at Baldwin Wallace University. The Browns’ new owner is Jimmy Haslam, whose brother, Bill, is the Republican Governor of Tennessee.

So Ryan gathered the players and made a few remarks.

While addressing players, Ryan praised Weeden, whom he recalled watching play for Oklahoma State, according to a pool report.

The only problem: The Wisconsin congressman was pointing to McCoy.

Ryan pleaded for mercy when he realized his mistake.

“You always had your helmet on,” he said of the redheaded Weeden.

Yeah, because that’s the only way you can identify football players.

Anyway, good luck to the Browns in their next debate.

  1. mybrunoblog - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Congressman Ryan mistakenly identified the wrong fully padded football player. Wow. Huge gaffe. What could be next? Ask a man confined to a wheelchair to get up and take a bow?

  2. grudenthediva - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I prefer waving at Stevie Wonder.

    • tsi431 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Even Stevie Wonder can “see” tell the difference between the two.

  3. skids003 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    AT least he has a good idea to fix the mess the country is in, if not knowing much about sports. Obviously, hope and change hasn’t worked. I have little change left and no hope.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      His “good idea” is to go back to Bush’s policies. You know, the ones that tanked the economy in the first place.

  4. cur68 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I saw this guy debate your current VP. He looked utterly lost. Hell, it wasn’t even Biden that had him all adrift: the moderator asked him some simple straight forward questions and he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, answer them. He had no clue, not the first inkling, of how he could help his country, just wanted to be in charge. I am utterly unsurprised he can’t tell one football player from another. Wouldn’t even know how to go about telling one from another ( pssst! moron! look-at-the-number-on-his-jersey! ). Well, its not surprising really: he’s just like the rest of his kind. They are all just like him. None of those people tend to have a clue. They just think “the world owes it to me”.

    • skids003 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Take off those rose colored glasses and put your koolaid down, cur. That’s not the same debate I saw. I saw a smug ill mannered interupting old guy trying to bluff his way through, who couldn’t handle actual numbers. He’s second in command, we in trouble.

    • cur68 - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Saw his running mate the other day “debating” The American President. Of the two Republican gentlemen, this Ryan buffoon is the smarter. The Republican Presidential Nominee, well, wow. Did he have a single “fact” or number correct? Did he offer a single substantive planning point to help his country? Uh, no. In fact, he looked panicky and unsure what to do every time his errors were pointed out. Does no one prepare these guys beyond telling them how wonderful they are? It was embarrassing, really. These two, Romney & Ryan, are the best the country’s most powerful political party can muster, eh? Clearly their prep time consists of being made to look good, “zingers” and calling-to-god points. And then they are sent out there without a shred of real preparation beyond invective and badly cooked facts and they fall flat. At least in the first debate it worked. I guess The President was on Nyquil or some such for that one. He was clearly awake this time. I hope there’s another one of these. Great theatre. Entertaining in the same way watching lions savage a pair of impertinent hyenas can be: you wanna feel bad for the hyenas. They just want a place at the table. But they are odiferous, foul animals who did nothing to make the kill, they just want a piece. Deserving of a good bite on the ass, they’ll be driven off but not destroyed. Presumably they serves some purpose, somewhere. Besides, who wants the taste of hyena? Bleh.

      • skids003 - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        Hyena tastes better than doodoo.

        • cur68 - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

          I wouldn’t know, but I’ll take your word for it. Uh…so you, uh know the taste of ‘doodoo’ vs hyena. eh? Jeez. Go wash.

          • skids003 - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:52 AM

            I would imagine it is. I don’t have to try it, like you would.

  5. grumpyoleman - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Ryan should stick to washing clean dishes.

  6. therightisalright - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Wow did Ryan misspeak? Now that would NEVER happen to a careful journalist who has an editor who can proof things before they get posted right Rick? Well you got it wrong not only in this article but the one you linked to. Ryan never claimed to be a sub three-”minute” marathon man. You might have meant three hours but as we can see mistakes happen don’t they Rick. Make sure you are not the pot before you call the kettle black.

    • cw3214 - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      From a pure football perspective, that is embarrassing. You would think Ryan would at least be able to tell the white people apart.

  7. dizoakiusmaximus - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    At least this guy knows what football is; his running mate is more of a fan of dressage and you know, other “high brow” activities…like gutting businesses and then shipping jobs overseas.

    • skids003 - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      Put your koolaid down, dude, you don’t believe everythingg you read in the media, do you?

  8. Ponsonby_Britt - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Lot of Kos women here tonight. :-(