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Menino flubs 'Wilcock' and 'Gonk'

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Boston mayor Thomas Menino, who has a dubious history of blunders and mispronunciations when talking about the city's sports teams, added a couple more bloopers to his reel Wednesday.

Menino, who was on speakerphone with Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake in front of reporters to discuss Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, stumbled on a couple of names of prominent Patriots players.

"We have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here, we have Tom Brady here. He's been our point person all season long," Menino said. "And Stevan Ridley, he's been another great guy. And Wilcock."

Menino, who was holding notes during the conversation, was obviously referring to Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. Menino also was wearing Wilfork's No. 75 jersey at the time. A reporter quickly corrected his mistake, but it wouldn't be his last.

"We have it all. (Aaron) Hernandez is going to do a great job. He'll step in for Gonk because Gonk's hurt," the mayor said, again while glancing at his notes.

The mayor was referring to "Gronk," the nickname for prolific Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is out for the rest of the postseason with a broken forearm.

Menino had a sense of humor about his mistake, tweeting on Thursday afternoon: "How could we have a championship season in New England without some new #Meninoisms? cc @Wilfork75 @RobGronkowski #PatriotsNation"

Interestingly, this wasn't the first time Menino has stumbled when referencing Gronkowski. When discussing the Patriots' chances in the playoffs against the Broncos last January, Menino talked about Brady's weapons "Grabowski" and "Wes Weckler" (Welker).

A few months later, the mayor stuck his foot in his mouth when discussing the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat.

"There's a lot of heart in this team, let me just tell you," Menino said, before adding, "KJ is great but Hondo is really the inspiration. Hondo drives that team."

KJ, of course, should be KG, Kevin Garnett. And Hondo was Celtics legend John Havlicek's nickname. Menino was referring to Celtics guard Rajon Rondo there.

Menino's most infamous reference came in 2010, when dedicating a statue to Bruins legend Bobby Orr's "ionic" goal to win the 1970 Stanley Cup. In discussing some of the best moments in Boston sports, Menino said it was Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek who "split the uprights" to win the Patriots' first Super Bowl in 2002. He was of course referring to Adam Vinatieri.