NFL vs U.S. Government

Jason SiesserCorrespondent IMay 14, 2008

The idea that the U.S. government has taken a special interest in the problems of the NFL smacks of ulterior motives!

What could they be? Is the NFL not generating enough tax dollars?

Specter, or should we rename him Senator Spectacle, apparently said that “they are enormous role models for everybody. If you can cheat in the NFL, you can cheat in college, you can cheat in high school, you can cheat on your grade-school math test. There’s no limit as to what you can do. I think they owe the public a lot more candor and a lot more credibility.” 

I am beyond shocked at this. A politician telling someone not to be a liar. If that isn't the pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what is! It goes without saying that cheating is bad, and getting caught at cheating is worse.

However, there are bigger issues for the NFL, and bigger issues at hand for the U.S. government. The NFL certainly handled it poorly. However, what are you going to do? Strip the Patriots of their titles? If you do that you might want to take away the Super Bowl XXV victory for the Giants. Their defensive scheme contained the favored Buffalo Bills, and their offense was among the best of the early 1990s.

This is the problem; where do you stop? The results are in, and if you want to correct history, then there is much to do, and it is all pointless in the end. A Super Bowl win means endorsements, sales, and prestige. If you go back and award the trophy to some other team, they still do not profit from the win. Certainly they get the statistical win and the trophy but it doesn't come with the real effects.

It would be like awarding the presidency to Al Gore after discovering that George Bush Jr. had cheated. We would still have the effects of the past eight years of the Bush administration. The Rams would not benefit from the Super Bowl win.

It has been insinuated that Senator Spectacle is a Steelers fan and that his team was affected by the Patriots filming. If this is so, then it certainly was wrong.

However, the Steelers were recent beneficiaries of some of the worst officiating of any game I've ever seen when they won Super Bowl XL. Should the referees go back and correct their calls, and fix that game in which the far superior Seahawk team was robbed of a championship that they deserved? I was hoping that the Steelers would win that game but not the way it was won.

The big picture is that this is not about cheating or even championships. The real reason is money. The U.S. government is looking to influence professional sports, and as it has in the past, it will succeed. We will either end up with guidelines and government oversight or another league to compete with the NFL.

I am of the hope that it is a new league, and not government interference with a sport that has become a spectacle in its own right. If the U.S. government wants to fix the NFL, perhaps it should look at fixing itself first!

Shall we start by ridding ourselves of the Electoral College? A popular vote wins the election. We can then limit terms of the Senate, House of Representatives, and Supreme Court. To be perfectly honest it is insane to give someone the job of Supreme Court Justice with a lifetime guarantee! The Senate and House at least stand for elections. 

What else can we change? Maybe healthcare, as someone else already said. We can stop listening to people who endorse fossil fuel use ,and start looking for a healthier alternative, preferably the healthiest! Government should not exist to profit those holding office! This means that when someone is in government, they should not have any influence over government contracts that benefit companies to which they belong.

It is absurd that a Senator is calling anyone out for mishandling anything. I certainly hope that there is an outcry for no further waste of time or money spent on this topic.