Lost in the uproar and confusion of the Clemens/McNamee cage match was another little meeting between professional sports and Congress on Wednesday. Yep, that’s right, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell snuck up to D.C. during the Clemens proceedings to meet with Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) on the matter of Spygate.
And, once again, while I think Congress should be dealing with more important matters – like giving the telecom industry the right to spy on Americans – Senator Specter, the author the Magic Bullet Theory, was able to get some actual, useful, information out of Mr. Goodell.
Actual information like the fact that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots had been taping other teams since 2000. And that the NFL had known about it, but had chosen not to act. That Belichick relayed this little spying info to his quarterback Tom Brady during games so that Brady actually knew the blindside blitz was coming without having to read the defense.
What’s surprising about this is that Specter didn’t buy Goodell’s excuses for destroying the Spygate tapes. And it’s surprising because, after watching the Republicans fall hook, line, and sinker for every stupid-ass excuse Roger Clemens spat out yesterday, you’d think that Republicans were so stupid they’d fall for anything. Especially if that someone invented the Magic Bullet Theory.
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But I guess Specter just didn’t get the memo yesterday. Well, that or he’s really pissed about the Patriots spying on the Steelers and Eagles. – John Royal