Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was reminded again Tuesday night that it’s dangerous when he mixes sports with politics.
Rubio was roasted online for a tweet in which he referred to a “3 pt kick,” more commonly known as a field goal, as he accused “democrat lawyers” in his home state of trying to “steal” the senatorial and gubernatorial elections. Forget politics; this was a gaffe too far for football purists, whom Rubio has riled up before.
“Imagine if NFL team was trailing 24-22 but in final seconds hits a 3 pt kick to win,” Rubio wrote at the start of a thread from his personal Twitter account. “Then AFTER game lawyers for losing team get a judge to order rules changed so that last second field goals are only 1 point.
“Well that’s how democrat lawyers plan to steal #Florida election.”
Rubio’s argument would have sparked a reaction regardless of his chosen metaphor, but the scenario he posited from a hypothetical NFL game invited scores of replies from Twitter users who just couldn’t get past the decidedly awkward “3 pt kick” line.
“I’m just hearing of this tweet about the 3-pt kick,” wrote NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano. “Wait until he learns about the 1-point safety!”
In fairness, Rubio did use the term “field goals” later in his tweet, and he can hardly be accused of knowing nothing about the sport. Before graduating from the University of Florida, he went to Missouri’s Tarkio College to play football. He is an outspoken fan of the Miami Dolphins and even married a former cheerleader for the team.
Other Twitter users were more interested in taking the football analogy in different directions. In the two most high-profile of Florida’s three statewide races being subject to recounts, early results indicated that Republican candidates were on their way to victory, but those contests have tightened, to the very public consternation of President Trump and others.
Michael Schur, who has produced TV shows such as “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Place,” offered some snarkily pointed responses to Rubio. “Imagine if an NFL team were up 17-14 midway through the third quarter, then claimed the game was over,” Schur said in one post, “and when the other team scored a touchdown the first team started crying and saying they were cheating and said the league was corrupt with no evidence and undermined democracy."
Naturally, plenty of others were happy to take pot shots at Rubio for trying to make his point, or three points, as it were, via the sports world.
Finally, no discussion of Rubio and football would have been complete without noting a notorious incident from his failed presidential campaign. While on the trail in 2015, Rubio went for a surefire photo op by tossing a football pass to a child. Except it didn’t turn out quite as planned.
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