While a more appropriate title might have included some mention of the Patriots’ involvement in this whole “Spygate” mess, I liked the alliteration so I went with it instead.
Senator Arlen Specter, pictured above, has decided to get himself some pub. In order to do this, he has thrown out the biggest bluff I’ve seen in quite a while, making statements about Congress taking away the NFL’s antitrust exemption, which WILL NOT HAPPEN. Specter just wants people to know his name and to sound all righteous so he’s jumped on this issue long after the initial investigation was conducted. No one wants the NFL to suffer as a business, because football is America’s sport, and politicians want Americans to be happy. So they’re not messing with a billion dollar industry that makes their constituents giddy at least once a week.
Now, as far as the new evidence that has come out, albeit not so convincing, this stuff is slightly damning. The Patriots look terrible, the NFL looks terrible, and since Bill Belichick won’t be saying a word about it to the media other than “no comment” any time soon, PR man Stacey James is going to have to deal with it almost entirely by himself.
Also very intriguing is this fact lifted from Wikipedia (clearly I use only the most reliable of sources): “Specter’s #2 contributor for the year was Pennsylvania cable company, Comcast, which was engaged in an open disagreement with the NFL over licensing of the NFL Network.”
Hmm, timing seems pretty interesting too, just days before the Super Bowl–not at all a political move from a political pro or anything.
Sadly, or perhaps thankfully since this is a two-week-break year and we’ve heard and read every possible angle on the game and the two teams, the Super Bowl itself has been cast aside momentarily.
Anyways, I think the Patriots are going to win because they’re better. That’s my analysis. Just watch the damn thing and enjoy all the festivities. You’ve got your one Sunday a year when it’s not only permissible, but expected, to drink. Have fun.