Friday, February 1, 2008

Why is this Man Angry?

Because of what his successors in government are doing to the nice little document he wrote:

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.


Anonymous said...

Specter makes me embarrassed to be an Eagles fan. He's a prime example of a politician who abuses his power to get what he wants. When Spygate first broke he was on the radio saying that he wanted congress to look into whether the Patriots were cheating when they beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

Pete Toms said...

Oh yeah, Specter and the NFL are big enemies.

Specter is the waterboy for PA based Comcast on Capitol Hill. Everybody knows of the nasty dispute between big cable, ( Comcast, Time Warner + others ) and the NFL over The NFL Network.

Comcast is really pissed also that the NFL is sabre rattling about getting the FCC more involved.