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Old 02-17-2008, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Why I'm OK with Arlen Specter's involvement in Spygate

Why I'm OK with Arlen Specter's involvement in Spygate
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You'll get no argument from me that the government has more important things to worry about than professional football. The war, the economy, health care, all of that stuff. It's all infinitely more important than football. Obviously.

However, 100 years from now, when your children's children's children are reading their digital history books, I doubt there's going to be any chapter that reads, "The United States lost the war on terror and crumbled as a nation, and all of that could have been avoided if only Arlen Specter had not spent that hour-and-a-half with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell."

I honestly think that the issue at hand is a big enough deal to warrant a Senator's involvement. Again, I agree that the government has more important things to worry about than football. But it's not like the entire Senate is taking two weeks to debate a pass interference call. It's not like we've got a government shutdown so all of our politicians can work on passing a bill that prohibits the Lions from taking another wide receiver in the 1st round of the draft.

We're talking about a major corporation selling a fraudulent product. The NFL is a huge corporate monolith that sells a product to the public. And if there's a chance that that product is fraudulent, and is not the honest and fair competition the NFL purports it to be, I say that's a big deal.

If you're selling something--especially if you enjoy an antitrust exemption granted by the government--that something has to be what you say it is.

Imagine there was a major food company, and the government said to them, "Yes, it's OK if you're the only major food company in the country, and you shut everyone else down." And say that food company was selling cereal that claimed to be 100% whole grain, but was actually composed of 30% pencil shavings and 20% scrap metal. You'd want to know, right? You'd want to know that what they were peddling wasn't what they claimed it to be.

Granted, watching someone cheat at football isn't quite as damaging as eating a half-a-pound of pencil shavings every morning, but I still want to know when I'm being lied to.

And I think the level of government involvement here is appropriate. So far, it's been one 90-minute meeting with one Senator. It's not like baseball, where we're dedicating a whole day of public hearings and wasting hours of everyone's time because we want to hear about Roger Clemens' ass-bleeding and his wife showing off her fake jubblies, with no new information coming out.

It's been one Senator, and one meeting. That's all we've had so far. And that one meeting produced at least a few facts that we didn't already know.

If I could choose how Arlen Specter spent his time, and the choices were A) find the best way to get our troops home safely, B) make health care available to everyone, or C) find out just how much the Patriots cheated, obviously, I'd choose A or B.

However, A and B really weren't options, were they? Can the Senator do that by himself? I'd like to think that if Specter could accomplish either of those in 90 minutes, he'd have done it by now.

The more realistic choices for how Specter spent that time would be A) find out just how much the Patriots cheated, or B) nap. And in that case, I'll take A.
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Why I'm OK with Arlen Specter's involvement in Spygate

I agree with this, there are more important things to do, but the NFL does sell a product and if something is being frauded it needs to be exposed.

Think of all the Rams, Panthers, and Eagles fans that spent several thousand dollars on SB tickets (not to mention other teams that faced the Pats in the Playoffs) how do they feel after spending all that money, then going home heartbroken accepting that their team lost, then fastforword to today they find out about the Pats cheating and they might, just might not have lost that game, they may not have wasted all that money on a rigged game.
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Default Re: Why I'm OK with Arlen Specter's involvement in Spygate

And hey....as one Pats* fan already pointed out in another thread, "the end justifies the means".

Knock yourself out, Arlen.
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The ends justify the means. I don't care what they do, I just want the Patriots to win.
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The ends justify the means. I don't care what they do, I just want the Patriots to win.
You must have been stuffed in a locker too many times while in high school and are suffering from oxygen deprivation.

By the time Arlen is done with your precious Cheatsies*, you'll be back to cheering on one of the local sandlot teams.

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Old 02-17-2008, 05:11 PM   #6
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By the time Arlen is done with your precious Cheatsies*, you'll be back to cheering on one of the local sandlot teams.
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Default Re: Why I'm OK with Arlen Specter's involvement in Spygate

No fan of Specter, but he's definitely doing an "absolute good" here. Death to the Patriots evil regime of deceit!
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:24 PM   #8
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i don't want this to become what baseball has become with the gonv.. but i hope spector gets it right and this would be the last time to see anything like it int eh future
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Tax dollars help to pay for NFL Stadiums...I'm ok with Congress looking into the product not being tainted, like Mad Cow or something.
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The Government already pisses away billion$ annually. At least I'll get some satisfaction from this.
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