It was bad enough watching the Minnesota Vikings drop a heartbreaker to the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. But before the game we lost another battle between the two states.
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and his Republican counterpart Sen. John McCain of Arizona verbally sparred in a pregame mock debate aired on CBS. For a couple of scripted minutes on the Face the Nation set, the senators argued about who has the superior home squad. Franken, who kept calling McCain his “close” and “good” friend, delivered the opening jab, noting the Cards lost the only Super Bowl they’ve ever been to.
Predictably, McCain countered with the depressing stat constantly thrown in Vikings fans’ faces of how we’re a tragic 0-4 in the big game. The “debate” then devolved in to name calling, with McCain’s “liberal commie socialist” burn topping Franken’s middle school-ish “loser” diss.
“You’re just mad because the Cardinal defense is a wall and you can’t penetrate it,” McCain said.
Franken’s joke-y defeat makes Minnesota 0-2 against Arizona so far this week. But with the Wild and Wolves playing in Arizona this weekend, redemption is on the desert horizon (we hope).