From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk
Marty Walsh needs to unkiss the Blarney Stone. On his trip to the Ould Sod, Boston’s mayor has gotten shamrocks in his eyes for the second time in as many weeks, earning him the top half of today’s Boston Herald.
The feisty local tabloid dedicates a full page inside the paper to this piece:
MAYOR OFF HIS BEANS
Walsh slips with hockey idea
Mayor Martin J. Walsh was forced to walk back yet another off-the-cuff statement, this time after a firestorm set off by his bizarre proposal to play the Beanpot hockey tournament in Belfast — the mayor’s second gaffe in two weeks that has PR experts urging his handlers to rein him in.
In a move that left sports fans baffled and set Twitter ablaze, Walsh expressed his support for a “Belfast Beanpot” yesterday, telling the BBC, “In light of the recent Sister City twinning between Belfast and Boston, which is underpinned by a long-standing connection between the two cities through ice hockey, I think it would be wonderful to bring the Beanpot to Belfast and am lending my support to the campaign.”
The Beanpot Tournament is a 62-year-old Boston tradition in which Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern University hockey teams compete for Hub bragging rights.
That got the Twitterati’s Irish up, but not so much at the Boston Globe, which tucked the rumpus into the SportsLog section.
Now we know – it’s possible to moonwalk on ice.