Yesterday's debate between Massachusetts' gubernatorial candidates broke out into a trivia game after the moderator asked Attorney General Martha Coakley about New England Patriots back-up quarterback. Before she could answer, her opponent, Treasurer Steve Grossman, started chanting "Boston sports! Boston sports!"
During her last debate in 2010, Coakley incorrectly answered a question about Red Sox players. Grossman's chants just increased the pressure and she started to sweat. Just 1 second before the buzzer, Coakley yelled "Garoppolo" and the crowd went wild and the trivia game began.
This is not the first gubernatorial debate to become a trivia game this year. Others include:
- Wisconsin where Mary Burke correctly answered "What was the weight of the winning large mouth bass at the Angler's Challenge?
- Georgia where Nathan Deal argued that he only drinks sweetened tea after missing the question "How much sugar goes into a half gallon of unsweetened tea?"
- Oregon where neither John Kitzhaber nor Dennis Richardson knew the number of microbrews in the state although both promised to visit each one afterwards.
Back in Massachusetts, Coakley won the trivia game with 43 points, Grossman had 35, and Berwick had 9. Berwick's press secretary said the judge didn't give him as many questions.
Candidates considering future runs in California and Tennessee are brushing up on questions like "How many stars on the Walk of Fame?" and "What is Taylor Swift's most famous song?", respectively. American voters are proud that their candidates are so versed in the important issues of the day.