Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) wanted to hear the NFL's explanation for the purging of evidence in the infamous "Spygate" case involving the New England Patriots . . ."That requires an explanation," Specter told The Times. "The NFL has a very preferred status in our country with their antitrust exemption. The American people are entitled to be sure about the integrity of the game. It's analogous to the CIA destruction of tapes, or any time you have records destroyed."
This is about as analogous to the CIA tape destruction as blitzing on third down is to the Battle of Britain.
At least the PED scandal touches on something arguably within Congress' purview -- illegal drugs. The claim of governmental interest in Spygate, however, is Article I mission creep of the worst kind, launched by a man -- Arlen Specter -- who has had it in for the NFL for a long time.
You know, I don't care that much for the NFL either, but something tells me the appropriate response to its general odiousness lies closer to my choosing not to watch it than it does to Specter's choice to hold Congressional hearings.