I haven’t followed the issue closely, nevertheless, I’m a tad skeptical of Steelers’ chairman Dan Rooney’s comments to the effect that he considers the tapes a non-issue and that they didn’t affect the outcome of certain games. Perhaps so, and he surely knows more about football than me.
However, I wonder if there isn’t something else at work here. Specifically, a sports league’s worth is underwritten by the assumption that the games are played fairly. (This applies to actual sports, not the likes of wrastlin’, which is theater.) If fans suspect that the games are in any way tainted it degrades the whole assumed integrity of the league. That has the potential to cause them to lose interest thereby eroding all owners’ earnings. So, it is in all the owners’ interests to downplay any such potential improprieties.
Taking inspiration from Jay D. Homnick, the situation reminds me of a joke. A man got a job with a circus that required him to dress up as a gorilla and swing from a trapeze above a lion cage. One day the trapeze broke, dropping him into the lion’s cage. So he yelled for help, whereupon the lion charged him, knocked him down on the ground, and, in a quiet voice, told him to shut up before he got them both fired. It seems to me that Mr. Rooney’s comments could be construed to be in this vein.p>None of this, of course, belongs in the Senate. Although, if it keeps them preoccupied, it might be a good thing.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online