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Congress - stay the hell out of sports!
Posted by: McQ on Friday, February 15, 2008

First we have a John McCain driven bill to put boxing under federal control. Then we have Henry Waxman and his merry band of inquisitors wasting the taxpayer's time and money alternately grilling and fawning over Roger Clements about steroids. Now we have Arlen Specter wanting to get involved in internal NFL business:
Specter, from Pennsylvania, wants to talk to other league officials about what exactly was taped and which games may have been compromised.

"We have a right to have honest football games," he said.

Goodell noted that "we were the ones that disclosed" the Patriots' illegal taping of the New York Jets' defensive signals in Week 1 of last season. Further, Goodell said, they had an admission by Belichick.

"I have nothing to hide," Goodell said.

Goodell also told Specter that that he doesn't regret destroying the Spygate tapes or the notes.

"I think it was the right thing to do," Goodell said.

Still, Specter wants to know why penalties were imposed on Belichick before the full extent of the wrongdoing was known and the tapes destroyed in a two-week span. Asked if he thinks there was a coverup, Specter demurred.

"There was an enormous amount of haste," Specter said.

He scoffed at the reasons Goodell gave for destroying the tapes and notes, particularly about trying to keep them out of competitors' hands and because Belichick had admitted to the taping.

"What's that got to do with it? There's an admission of guilt, you preserve the evidence," Specter said. As for keeping the tapes out of the hands of others: "All you have to do is lock up the tapes."

Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team was fined $250,000 because of the Spygate incident. The Patriots also forfeited a first-round draft pick.

Specter has questioned the quality of the NFL's investigation into the matter and raised the possibility of congressional hearings if he wasn't satisfied with Goodell's answers. Specter also raised the threat of Congress canceling the league's antitrust exemption and reiterated that in the meeting with Goodell.
Is there anything in which these boobs won't try to involve the federal government (and please note that 2 of the 3 mentioned here are Republicans)?! Have we solved all the pressing problems that actually do involve legitimate federal involvement and oversight?

The last thing we need is a group of arrogant legislators who have the ethics of sewer rats and have demonstrated time and again they can't keep their own house in order to lecture or investigate how others keep their house in order.

None of your business, Mr. Specter! The NFL has handled it.
 
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The last thing we need is a group of arrogant legislators who have the ethics of sewer rats and have demonstrated time and again they can’t keep their own house in order to lecture or investigate how others keep their house in order.

Well stated!
 
Written By: JAMES AMENT
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Honestly, I would rather have Congress investigating sports and such than doing "serious" business. That’s when they waste money,raise taxes, and pass intrusive regulations. So, I’m hoping that we’ll see extended investigations of fighting in hockey, and superstars getting favorable calls in basketball. Maybe they can even start checking on Britney Spears.
 
Written By: Cruse
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Well, in representative government, theoretically, the representatives work on what we care about. Based on casual conversation with various folks, I’d say they’re working on exactly what the most people care about. Sad, but true.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Honestly, I would rather have Congress investigating sports and such than doing "serious" business.
No argument here. However, Congress has shown a high propensity to occupy itself in grandstanding theater in avoidance of its core responsibilities. In this case they waste time and taxpayer $$ on "ethics" fishing expeditions against the NFL, boxing, the President, and whoever else meets their fancy rather than passing needed budgets on time, renewing FISA authority with the necessary oversight or providing unambiguous definitions of "torture". Yesterday’s Congressional walkout was meant to highlight just this sort of irresponsible priority setting.
 
Written By: D
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I think you unfairly malign sewer rats.
 
Written By: MarkD
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Is there anything in which these boobs won’t try to involve the federal government (and please note that 2 of the 3 mentioned here are Republicans)?!
And people wonder why we won’t support RINOs for office. Instead we’re insulted with the label that’s a play on suicide bombers.
 
Written By: jpm100
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