Speaking of mud slinging in politics, perhaps this explains how George got really good at playing dirty. Anyone who knows the sport of rugby (somewhat akin to mud wrestling) will be particularly appalled!
I like to think of one’s sports persona as reflecting one’s character. In a recent book about the Bush family we hear that after having issues in a number of traditional sports: “W. introduces the school to the sport of pig ball, which involves throwing a football high in the air and then throttling a random player. As one ex-student puts it, “[T]o me he is the epitome of pig ball.”” See this and other anecdotes here.