Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/24/12

Unfortunately for U.S. Representative Brad Miller, mulligans don’t exist. You can take one on the golf course if it makes you feel better, but everyone knows you’re cheating. When discussing the NCAA tournament last week, Miller shared some thoughts about his alma mater and their rivalry. A graduate of UNC, Miller is a big Tar Heels fan and — naturally — despises Duke. Either he thought he was being funny, or his hatred for the Blue Devils is pretty alarming.

“The way I deal with it is, I scream my lungs out for Carolina,” Miller said according to an Associated Press report. “I make no pretense that I am at all half-hearted in my support for Carolina. Nobody in North Carolina would trust a politician who claimed to be neutral on a matter as important as college basketball.

“I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban then I’d have to pull for the Taliban.”

Despite the fact that he is not running for reelection, Miller would probably like to have that one back. Being a huge sports fan is a fun way to relate to the common folk, but that statement is just plain idiotic. Once again, we have another example of why politicians need to be more careful when they mix in sports references. The comment Joe Arpaio made in Iowa was dumb, but it wasn’t insensitive.  If Miller has made the Taliban comment before and thought it was a good idea to make it again, something must be missing in his brain.

H/T Lost Letterman
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