Curt Schilling's New Spotlight Grabber: Kennedy's Vacant Senate Seat

Like many professional athletes, Curt Schilling is having a hard time hanging it up. By 'it' I don't mean the cap and glove or even the bloody sock -- I mean the spotlight. Curt Schilling needs people to pay attention to him. He's not unlike Brett Favre in that way, and it's a sad thing to watch, really. Schilling can't pitch anymore, so he's dedicated his life to staying in the spotlight any way he knows how. And unlike most former athletes who walk off the field and into the booth or studio to give their opinions on a nightly basis, Schilling seems to have loftier goals. ↵

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↵Schilling seems to think of himself as a Lance Armstrong type -- a person who can do more for the world than give a rabid fanbase a few curse-breaking good years. Schilling's goals seem loftier. He's always seen himself as more philanthropist than Phillie, dignitary than Diamondback, Senator than one of the Red Sox. So ... wait, what? ↵

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↵Yes, with the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy comes a vacancy in the Senate, and Schilling, a devoutly-conservative Republican, has been yapping it up about who should step into Kennedy's enourmous shadow. Schilling told NECN.com (via walkoffwalk.com) that he thinks the time is right to eschew partisan politics in hopes of getting the best candidate for the job: ↵

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↵⇥"My hope is that we understand that now more than ever we're in a place where need to put good people, above all else. People without ties to special interests. People with integrity and ethics and 'country first' values in office regardless of the letter that proceeds their name." ↵
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↵When asked if Schilling, himself, would be running for the vacant seat, he hedged, but managed to leave enough doubt on a decision that we're all reporting it today: ↵

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↵⇥“I don't know. Right now I'm working on 38 Studios and working on the funding and that's going well and doing all the things that go with that. I've got a lot on my plate, so as of today, probably not. I don't know, going forward, that's a pretty big deal from a commitment standpoint not just for someone like me, but for my family. Right now, I'm not even going to speculate on it right now. ↵⇥

↵⇥"Let's just leave it with I'd have to make a decision pretty quickly." ↵⇥

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↵Schilling knows that this is a Senate seat, right? This isn't the House, where any local schlub can run for office and win. This is a seat in the U.S. Senate. This is a seat that Ted Kennedy held for longer than Schilling has been alive. ↵

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↵And lest we forget, Schilling has no political experience – finagling a way into the steroids hearings when he had no business being there doesn't count -- and has no ties to Massachusetts other than pitching for three years for the Boston Red Sox and presumably taking up residence in the community for the last half a decade. ↵

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↵So why are we talking about Curt Schilling potentially running for Senate when even his own quotes seem to intimate that his family would be against it? Because he wants us to. This is what he does. He makes himself relevant so we pay attention to him. And every time we fall for it. We're just feeding the elephant. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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