Sen. Curt Schilling (I-Mass.)?

| Thu Sep. 3, 2009 10:03 AM EDT

Curt Schilling - Photo from Wikimedia CommonsCurt Schilling - Photo from Wikimedia CommonsFormer Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is reportedly considering a run for Ted Kennedy's senate seat.

Schilling does have a reputation as a bit of a blowhard, even among Red Sox fans. Back in 2007, Jeff Pearlman wrote an ESPN column about Gary Sheffield in which he called Schilling a "dangerous moron" who doesn't "read and pay attention to world events" but instead "equate[s] volume with veracity."

Schilling stumped for former president George W. Bush in 2004 and is among Massachusetts' best-known Republicans Correction: actually, he's an Independent—just one that supported George W. Bush. But if there's a brand in the Bay State that can redeem the GOP by association compete with the Democratic brand, it's the Red Sox. Things could get very interesting if Schilling runs. (Actually, they'll be interesting either way—with Senate openings in Massachusetts so few and far between, much of the state's Democratic talent will be battling it out in the primary. That should be fascinating to watch.)