Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., spent the past two days trying to win over Ohio voters, but he may have undermined that work in one quick dis of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team Friday morning.
Before boarding his flight from Wilmington, Del., to Washington, D.C., the loquacious Blue Hen displayed some Fightin' Blue Hen alumni bravado in an impromptu airport meeting with the University of Delaware football team.
"I was out in Ohio," he said, clutching a football. "I told the folks in Ohio that we'd kick Ohio State's ass!"
The Buckeyes might be coming off a 35-3 drubbing at the hands of top-ranked Southern Cal, but the Blue Hen ballers aren't exactly world beaters, themselves. Delaware is ranked sixth in the Division I-AA coaches poll, but they lost earlier this month to Maryland.
Upon hearing that his school's squad was departing in a plane just a football field's length away from his own, Biden came over for a brief meet-and-greet with the blue-and-yellow-clad throng.
Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill -- "she didn't play football but she went to Delaware," Biden assured the team -- shook hands and posed for photos with the players.
"This'll hurt your reputation," he warned them as the cameras snapped away.
The Delaware lawmaker told the team he makes sure to watch their games as he travels the country in his "fancy bus."
"Wish I was going with them," Biden said of the squad as he jogged back towards his plane, tossing a football to his press wrangler and boarding the flight to D.C.
-- Matt Jaffe and Jake Tapper