On radio, Stapleton leaves out his squash-playing history at Brunswick School and Williams College

(Squash! — promoted by Colorado Pols)

Last month, in a free-wheeling conversation on conservative talk radio, KNUS host Julie Hayden asked Republican operative Dick Wadhams about GOP gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton.

“How does he tap his inner populist?” asked Hayden.

“That’s a good question. Ultimately, you can’t make somebody into something they’re not,” replied Wadhams.

Stapleton sounds as if he’d been listening to Wadhams, judging from his subsequent interview with KNUS’ Craig Silverman.

Stapleton was forthcoming about his private school education at the Brunswick school in Connecticut followed by four years at Williams College in Massachusetts.

At Williams, which he described as “politically correct to a fault,” he said he helped bring conservative William F. Buckley to speak, and he wrote articles for the Williams Free Press.

Stapleton told Silverman during the March 10 interview that he “ruffled some feathers” at Williams.

So it appears that Stapleton might be taking Wadhams advice and embracing his past, trying to show that made the most of it.

But strangely, Stapleton got his own background wrong when Silverman asked him, “What sports did you play?”

STAPLETON: “I played baseball. I played tennis. And I was more — I was a rackets guy. Baseball and tennis were my — were my two.”

A search of Brunswick’s website reveals that Stapleton played squash there. The school proudly lists Stapleton among its student athletes that went on to compete at the college level.

The website states: “Brunswick offers a competitive athletic program that prepares our students for participation in college athletics. While many of our students choose to continue sports on an intramural basis in college, Brunswick’s premier athletes have met with considerable success on college varsity teams. Here is a recent overview of our college athletes.”

Stapleton is listed among the squash players.

Maybe Stapleton played baseball and tennis, too, but it appears he was also a serious squash competitor.  And he apparently played it at Williams college as well.

An email to Stapleton’s campaign, asking why he didn’t mention his squash history, was not immediately returned.

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  1. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    What the heck is "squash"-the-sport? Sounds like a liberal plot to me.

    Stapleton modeled himself after his cousin George W Bush – Dubya cultivated a Texas drawl and liked to be photographed clearing the brush on his ranch. Like Stapleton, GW Bush was raised on the east coast, went to Ivy League schools, came out west and started cultivating a western persona to fit a conservative corporatist agenda.

    Like Dubya, Stapleton is a middle-aged party boy who rarely comes to work and has been arrested for a DUI.

     Dems think the same of Walker Stapleton – he received the BS (Bush – Stapleton)  award last January.

    If you liked Dubya Bush, you're gonna love Walker Stapleton.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Fun game actually.  Think racquetball with a longer racket, similar to a badminton racquet in appearance . . . 

      . . . around these parts, I think it’s mostly played in melon fields — after those pesky terrorist melons have all been properly subdued or eradicated by the AR-15 hunter-killer squads, of course . . . 

      . . . cowboy boots, pork rinds & trust fund optional. 

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      GW Bush was raised on the east coast, went to Ivy League schools, came out west and started cultivating a western persona to fit a conservative corporatist agenda.

      Cut out corporatist and you also define Ken Buck. You gotta love these New York and New England cowboys.

    • allyncooper says:

      GW Bush liked to be photographed clearing brush on the ranch, but you won't see a pic of him on a horse – he was afraid of them. A real rootin' tootin' six gun shootin' cowboy that GW Bush was. 

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    I played baseball. I played tennis. And I was more — I was a rackets guy. Baseball and tennis were my — were my two.”

    Baseball rackets??? . . . 

    . . . Hmmmmm

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    Breaking news … Dubya Stapleton admits he's "a rackets guy."

    Who will be producing the remake of the film?

    Smashing the Rackets (1938) – IMDb

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0030765/

    Rating: 6/10 – ‎52 votes

    Crime · Jim 'Socker' Conway, former boxer and FBI hero, is maneuvered for political reasons into a do-nothing job in the district attorney's office. Meanwhile, he meets wild debutante Letty Lane, . ….

  4. spaceman65 says:

    Squash is actually pretty fun, and Colorado boasted a former British Open squash champion in Hashim Khan, who settled here in the 60s I think.  So whatever I may think of Stapleton, I won't hold squash against him.  Not mentioning is pretty wimpy, though.  

    • ajb says:

      Totally agree. I was introduced to squash in college by a preppy friend. It's a total finesse game. You can either fire the ball at warp speed or drop it into a corner where it never comes out. Whoever controls the center of the court plays their opponent like a marionette. The world's best are Indians in their 40s, IIRC. 

  5. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    We true prep-schoolers know that the proper name of the game is "squash rackets."

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