The Fix’s readership never ceases to amaze us with its creativity, and our latest contest is no exception.

On Wednesday, after The Fix compared Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential bids to the Butler Bulldogs Final Four teams from 2010 and 2011, we asked readers to do the same for the other presidential candidates — tell us which sports teams they most resembled.

After more than 100 responses for each candidate, our winners are below.


Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade (L) and forward LeBron James (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

Mitt Romney

Winner: Miami Heat (Collins2789)

Why: “Spending a ton of money seeming to have the best team by a mile, they eventually make it to the Finals — but only after struggling far more than everyone expected to get there.”

Runners-up: New York Giants (not spectacular but get the job done) and University of Wisconsin basketball (really boring, but play good defense and generally win)

Rick Santorum

Winner: Denver Broncos — with Tim Tebow (jford97)

Why: “Pulled out a number of wins that were either inexplicable or by a string of coincidences. Definitely over-achieved for a time, but ultimately doesn’t have the wherewithal to win it all.”

Runners-up: Pittsburgh Pirates (small-market team who lingers for a while and plays spoiler in August/September) and Oakland A’s (would have a chance if they had more money)

Newt Gingrich

Winner: Dallas Cowboys (darien5264)

Why: “A lot of fans, but hasn’t done anything substantive in 15 years.”

Runners-up: New York Mets (loaded down by debt) and Houston Astros (Think: lunar colony)

Ron Paul

Winner: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Why: “He has never had a shot, but has a pretty big and dedicated fan base littered throughout the country.”

Runner up: Golden State Warriors (Gold standard. ‘Nuff said.)

President Obama

Winner: Boston Red Sox (jtackeff)

Why: “The Sox have played in the toughest division, which is like the ‘08 Democratic primary, but the Sox have used both traditional baseball ideals in addition to ‘Moneyball’ ideals, which is like the Obama campaign using a grassroots strategy in addition to winning the social media and online battles as well.”

Another reader (jmohr1971) notes that Obama and the Red Sox both have a “passionate fan base who also wring their hands when they win.”

Runners up: University of Kentucky basketball (young and talented , but risking a one-and-done with freshmen likely to go pro) and Oakland Raiders (you either hate him or love him; there’s no in-between)