Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hours and Hours of the Pot Calling the Kettle Off-White

We've said very little on this whole Clemens thing because it's kind of a non-issue, really. Baseball has obviously been influenced by steroids. Nothing can change that fact. Might as well move on, I say.
Yet 60 channels worth of ESPN disagreed with me today, in addition to a large panel of old white guys. What I found most interesting was the moral diatribe from Indiana Representative Dan Burton, who called the entire proceeding a circus , criticized the "trial by media" approach to the entire thing, and verbally abused Brian McNamee to no end.

Now, I was under the impression that the committee was on hand to find the truth, not wax (un)poetically about an individual's supposedly despicable moral fiber. I would love to see someone go through the panel's respective promises on the campaign trail and see how many of those promises came true. Jobs and better health care are easy to promise on the campaign trail; they're a little more difficult to pin down in the multi-interest flurry that is Congress.

The obvious difference here is that McNamee lied while under inspection and (I would assume) under oath, whereas politicians are only bound by a verbal contract with their constituents. But the way Rep. Burton spoke did not make such a distinction. He spoke with vitriolic passion about the damning effects of lying, one that appeared to apply for all forums of society. I'm not one to make blanket statements about the integrity of the government, but as far as moralistic preaching is concerned, save it for the churches and the schools, Rep. Burton.
Coming soon: the never-before-seen transcript of the Congressional hearing regarding Operation Shutdown.


Anonymous said...

The whole idea of sports is based on cheating, almost everywhere people do things to gain an advantage: illegal sticks in hockey, aerodynamic alterations in NASCAR, taping other teams signs in football. If you don't get caught when it happens, it isn't cheating. If there is suspicion (see Kenny Rogers, Julian Taverez, Sammy Sosa) and you get caught by the REFEREES you deserve your punishment.

You can't go back and review it later, even in this TiVo society we live in.

The US government needs to stay out of sports rules. What's next, are they going to rule George Brett hit a home run against the Yankees, thus robbing us of one of the greatest sports blow-ups of all-time or that Steve Bartman interfered with Moises Alou and the whole Marlins 2003 World Series was a sham. Congress has more important things they should be working on, like how to make sure I don't have to pay $3 a gallon for gas.

Sam said...

I agree they have much more important things to worry about, but its not really the integrity of the sport that they have an issue with. From what it seems, hundreds of people were taking illegal drugs in a culture that accepted it, a culture that has influence over our nations' youth and all that righteous stuff. Now is that the most grievous crime congress should be worried about? No. But they at least have some sort of an excuse.

I Want To Fight Tom Brady said...

Clemens is going jaillll...can't wait to see him in Pinstripes again!!

WilliamJPellas said...

The notion that "moralistic preaching" is for church and somehow not for the public arena (or relevant to the rest of one's life) is the kind of cultural compartmentalization that has landed our culture in the situation it's in.

Sam said...

I don't think he's trying to say people should not preach morality in all facets of life, just that there is a certain amount of irony involved when congressmen do it. Hypocrisy does not cripple an argument, but it sure as hell is annoying, especially when it comes from a guy who called for the death penalty for drug dealers, and then his son was caught twice for dealing and his charges were mysteriously dropped [Wiki]

Burton is the exact old Washington twit that spends his time trying to protect his involvement in celebrity golf tournaments and couldn't give two shits about actual Americans. It would be nice if people didn't lie, and truthfulness should be encouraged everywhere in the country, but hearing it from Burton is like getting a lecture on parenting from Britney.