14 February 2008

Greatness Overrated?

The petulant Patriot and the prevaricating pitcher.

Bill Belichick made more than one illegal tape. Wow, big surprise...

Bill Belichick has been illegally taping opponents' defensive signals since he became the New England Patriots' coach in 2000, according to Sen. Arlen Specter, who said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told him that during a meeting Wednesday.

Goodell got the tapes from Belichick and then destroyed the evidence. Some people think hasty destruction of evidence suggests wrongdoing. They just don't understand CIA interrogation techniques football.

And Clemens made his pitch to Congress yesterday. The general consensus is that he threw some junk, but if you want to see something hilarious, take a look at this fawning piece from SI's Michael McCann, who apparently works part-time as Clemens' bichon frise. Compare ESPN's article with his FOXesque spin on reality:

Clemens' answer? Blame everyone but himself

Wednesday was a day of losers. While the Mitchell report withstood its stiffest challenge yet, baseball lost. Roger Clemens lost and Brian McNamee lost. Clemens had his day under oath in front of the country, and he spent it flailing, splashing against relentless waves of facts he could not calm, even after 4½ hours.

Clemens stands tall on Capitol Hill

Though stumbling on a couple of questions, Roger Clemens emerged favorably from Wednesday's hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Need a laugh? Read the rest.


Anonymous said...

Isn't it nice that nothing else is wrong with America except a few scandals in sports? If Congress cared as much about soldiers as they do sports figures, the war would have been over long ago.

WestEnder said...

I think it's more about big business than sports figures; NFL and MLB are billion-dollar businesses. They stand to lose big money because of poor management and the government is there to clean up. Just like it was for Chrysler, S&Ls, and mortgage bankers.

But your point is still correct; it's too bad there are more lobbyists for business interests than the Constitution.

ohdave said...

I tagged you WE.

WestEnder said...

Oh, bloody hell.

Okay, here it is. Not very exciting, but the nearest book is vol. 16 of the Encyclopedia Britanica. And here are sentences 4-7 on p. 123:

Never mind, it's too damn long. I'm not typing all that crap. It's like 50 words. But I will say that the entry is titled "Sacred or Holy" and sentences 4-7 discuss philosopher Max Scheler and theologian Rudolf Otto.

Bloody hell, indeed.