Governor Apologizes for Slip of the Tongue
Oct 7, 4:26 PM (ET)
ST. PAUL (AP) - Gov. Tim Pawlenty apologized for an embarrassing slip of the tongue during the Minnesota Wild's season opener Wednesday night as he led the crowd in a cheer.
The script called for him to say: "It's time to drop the puck. So everybody say it with me - 'Let's play hockey!'"
It was the governor's tripping over the word "puck" that provoked the snickers. Instead of telling people to drop the puck, he used a very similar-sounding word that made him sound more like Tony Soprano than his usual smooth-talking self.
"It was a genuine slip of the tongue," Pawlenty said Thursday. "I realized as I was starting to say puck that other sounds were coming out of my mouth, and I changed it to puck. And if you don't bleep out the middle part and play the whole thing, I think that's clear... It was an unfortunate slip of the tongue, and I am sorry for that. I tried my best to say it as they wanted me to say it, and it just came out."
The Minnesota Wild have had a string of guest announcers for the "Let's play hockey chant." Pawlenty is well known for his love of playing and watching hockey.
The gaffe got so much attention from the rowdy hosts of KQRS-FM, the Twin Cities' top-rated music station, that Pawlenty called in to explain himself, said spokesman Brian McClung.