And Pepe Sanchez Is One of the Best American Athletes from Argentina

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I recently did a Texas Monthly piece on sports and Presidential candidates, and while it was a cinch to call the Democrat “the Oregon State basketball’s coach’s brother-in-law,” there did not seem to be an easy reference for his Republican opponent. He was a Navy boxer (which is what I finally went with), a well-known critic of the UFC, enjoys Bill Bidwill’s money and thought highly of Pat Tillman (whom he’d never met). But you just don’t get a heavy sports vibe off the guy.

Little did I know, his true love must be Coyotes hockey. From Newsweek, via Greg Rajan:

If the need arises and the range is close, Mark Salter will edit John McCain in midsentence. After 19 years at each other’s side, neither man gives it a second thought. When a writer for The New Yorker was interviewing them last year about their latest best-selling book, the talk turned to hockey and the Arizona senator’s admiration for Wayne Gretzky, who coaches the Phoenix Coyotes. “Wayne Gretzky is one of the all-time best American athletes!” McCain proclaimed. But even before his boss finished speaking, Salter had spotted a slip-up: the hockey legend is from Ontario. “Yes,” Salter interjected, “Gretzky is one of the best American athletes ¦ from Canada!”

Hey, the Americas are the Americas, correct?

3 responses to “And Pepe Sanchez Is One of the Best American Athletes from Argentina”

  1. Ben Schwartz says:

    Has the GOP stated selling him as “McCain: Addled like Reagan, Not Dumb Like Bush” yet?

  2. applestreudel says:

    From Fanhouse, a link that shows that Wayne IS an American citizen: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1048585693197_256/?hub=TopStories

  3. Jason Cohen says:

    And which Olympic team has he been working for? I’m sure Yao Ming will get dual citizenship someday too.

    And seeing as how that link is from 2003, I guess it’s now clear where the Coyotes have been taking their leadership cues from. It shows in the standings (though I do think the “Jokinen Surge” should have a major impact).

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