Video: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Calls Iowa “Buckeyes”

After his recent immigration policy-based endorsement of Rick Perry’s bid for President, Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a staunch proponent of U.S.-Mexico border control, joined Perry this week on the GOP primary trail in Iowa.

(Perry to Arpaio: “You know how to get Iowans riled up in the morning”)

While warming up the crowd for a Perry stump speech to the Westside Conversative Club in Des Moines on Wednesday morning, Arpaio mischaracterized an Iowa namesake for a state hundred of miles away:

Boy, I’m getting to know Iowa, the great state of Iowa. Was it the Buckeyes? (boos) … What are they? What are they called?”

Iowa is known as “The Hawkeye State”, while Ohio is known as “The Buckeye State.” The flagship universities of the states are similiarly nicknamed.


After his mistake was met with an inevitable chorus of boos, Westside Conservative Club co-Founder Paul Zietlow politely corrected Arpaio who, while chuckling, turned to the crowd and said, “Hawkeyes, Buckeyes, what’s the difference?”

When that comment elicited a collective groan from the crowd, Arpaio looked at his watch and replied, “It’s 3 o’clock Phoenix time.

For the record, Arpaio was speaking at 7am in Des Moines at the time. 6am, Phoenix time.

After Arpaio introduced Perry, the Texas Governor said of the Sheriff losing sight of the border between the states and two Big Ten schools:

“Well, you know how to get an Iowa crowd riled up in the morning…call ‘em Buckeyes. Actually, there’s probably some Cyclones in this crowd.”

By mentioning “Cyclones”, Perry was referring to the nickname of the second-most prominent college in Iowa, Iowa State University.

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SEC Commish In College Station For A&M Talks

Jeff Platt of CBS affiliate WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi, and KZNE College Station radio host and publisher of the Texas A&M site TexAgs.com Billy Liucci report Saturday that SEC Commissioner Mike Slive is meeting with A&M officials today in College Station to talk about the prospect of the school moving to the Southeastern Conference.

Mike Slive current in College Station

No reason to doubt these reports, which could indicate that a decision from A&M will be forthcoming on future conference affiliation. Perhaps even before the Texas Board of Regents meets on Tuesday. Read more…

Sources: TX Governor Will Determine A&M Move

Yesterday I noted the dilemma facing Texas Governor and A&M alumnus Rick Perry with the conference realignment situation facing the Texas school.

Rick Perry is an Aggie

So far, Perry has professed to staying away from the situation, which I interpreted Friday as meaning that A&M will go with Texas to the Pac-10. (If the Aggies were to go to the SEC, that could potentially end all games between UT and A&M … would he want that to happen on his watch?)

Today, longtime AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN columnist Kirk Bohls noted that despite Perry’s involvement denials, sources told him that the governor would have ultimate say on where his alma mater would land.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will have a decisive say in which conference his alma mater, Texas A&M, joins and he probably prefers the Aggies link with Texas and other Big 12 schools and accept invitations to the Pac-10 Conference, two long-time political figures told the Statesman. Read more…

TX Governor Inaction Sign A&M Will Back Down?

Chip Brown of Texas sports website Orangebloods.com reports Friday afternoon on Twitter:

Texas A&M to Texas: Saw 'Em Off Short

Texas will announce its plans to join the Pac-10 after its regents meet next Tuesday, sources confirm to Orangebloods.com.

Brown also reported today that with Nebraska now joining the Pac-10, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will join Texas in the Longhorns’ exodus west.

Texas A&M is another matter, as the Aggies are reportedly mulling a move east to the SEC. Such a decision could reportedly signal the end of the century-long rivalry between the Longhorns and the Aggies.

Brown reported Thursday, via Orangebloods.com Publisher Geoff Ketchum, that Texas may move to eliminate all games between the schools if A&M does not join the Pac-10 with the Longhorns.

That perhaps could be the most unbelievable development of everything we’ve seen the past week. And if it were to somehow happen, one person would deserve the most blame - and he doesn’t work for either school. Read more…