Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate on the elderly that much. Sure, they’re old, they don’t understand new technology and they keep trying to give me that damn ribbon candy, but I gotta respect them for their contributions to this world. And even if those contributions are merely a bowl of Werther’s Originals.
However, KDKA had a story, which I read on Deadspin, that said John McCain named members of the Steelers’ defensive line when interrogated by the Viet-Cong as a P.O.W. Smart and cunning, throw out the first names you could think of, save your buddies’ asses and confuse the shit out of the dirty foreigners trying to kill you and yours.
Be reminded that McCain was in Pittsburgh when he dropped that little information nugget. There’s one problem. In his autobiography, McCain is quoted as saying he gave up another teams’ names:
Pressed for more useful information, I gave the names of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line, and said they were members of my squadron.
That’s from his 1999 book, Faith of My Fathers. Trying to win over the Steelers/Western PA vote, just like rival Barry Obama did a few weeks back?
ytownohio elaborates on Daily Kos about the KDKA story:
That’s all well and good, but from 1967 to 1973 during McCain’s imprisonment, the Steelers were just starting the process of assembling the great teams everyone remembers.
[The Packers claim] more sense since the Green Bay Packers of the ’60s were nationally recognized. McCain’s Steeler claim is at best false pandering and at worst a window into a easily confused 71-year-old man.
That makes a bit more sense. McCain has an event scheduled for Washington D.C. at the end of this month. If the story changes to him giving up Russ Grimm and the Hogs, we’ll know something is fishy.