Friday, February 01, 2008

Self-Aggrandizing Blowhard Looking to Glom on to Super Bowl Hype

Super Bowl? I may play squash

I'm not sure whether this Senate fossil realized the whole Spygate brouhaha occurred during the second week of September.

It's time to, you know, move on, Arlen.

Thankfully, he says this doesn't rise to such grave levels as the destruction of CIA tapes, even though most people don't care about that, either.
With the Super Bowl fast approaching, a senior Republican senator says he wants the NFL to explain why it destroyed evidence of the New England Patriots cheating scandal.

"I am very concerned about the underlying facts on the taping, the reasons for the judgment on the limited penalties and, most of all, on the inexplicable destruction of the tapes," said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., in a Thursday letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the matter could put the league's antitrust exemption at risk.

"Their antitrust exemption has been on my mind for a long time," he said in a Capitol Hill news conference.

The matter may not compare to the CIA's destruction of interrogation tapes, Specter said, but he added, "I do believe that it is a matter of importance. It's not going to displace the stimulus package or the Iraq war, but I think the integrity of football is very important, and I think the National Football League has a special duty to the American people - and further the Congress - because they have an antitrust exemption."
Let's see if I can explain it for him.

You see, football is a very competitive sport, and any coach worth a nickel is trying to gain a competitive advantage over his opponent. This often involves trying to steal the other team's signals. You'd be incompetent not to.

Coaches don't have the luxury of sitting on their asses for a living and being elected in perpetuity unlike certain U.S. senators. It's a cutthroat business.
In a Jan. 31 letter to Specter which the senator released Friday, Goodell said the tapes and notes on the investigation were destroyed to ensure that the Patriots "would not secure any possible competitive advantage as a result of the misconduct."

Specter said the explanation "absolutely makes no sense at all," and blasted the commissioner for failing to respond to his inquiries on the matter for more than two months. Goodell said in his letter that he just became aware of Specter's questions Thursday.
The league has ruled New England did not gain an advantage in this incident, and still whacked Bill Belichick with a $500,000 fine and it cost the Patriots their first-round pick (shows you how blessed they are, they have San Francisco's pick, seventh overall this year).

So Arlen, go have a sandwich, a warm saucer of milk, and basically, STFU.

On top of this, the idiot claims he won't even be watching the Super Bowl.
"I may play squash while it's on," Specter said.
H/T Radical Ron.

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