Happy belated Super Fat Tuesday, folks! Here’s hoping everything turned out just the way you wanted …
The Super Bowl is over, the start of spring training is just one week away and there really isn’t much else to talk about. Well, there’s the weather… it’s early February and it’s 60 degrees, but the word on the street is that it will be just 10 degrees come Sunday night.
That Mother Nature… she’s just so fickle.
Capriciousness aside, there really isn’t much to say. The Flyers are in first place, which is cool. However, it seems a little too early in the season for the Stanley Cup chatter to heat up. The Sixers are… well, let’s just hope they get the right portion of ping-pong balls.
Since I don’t have anything new to write about (pertaining to Philadelphia and its sports teams), I’ll just do a little hit-and-run on a few items.
- So trainer Brian McNamee reportedly has physical evidence that Roger Clemens used performance enhancing drugs. What, is this the blue dress of the sporting scene? Did McNamee really save the residue from giving the Rocket a shot in the derriere? Wow.
- Though I’m no football expert, I suspect the Giants’ victory in the Super Bowl indicts the Eagles’ inability to win the big game in some way. I just don’t know what that is.
- How come the Giants can win the Super Bowl and the Eagles can’t?
- After Bill Belichick abandoned his team and left his defense on the field so he could go into the locker room and sulk after the loss in the Super Bowl, it’s fair to say, “Thank God Bill Belichick is a football coach.” After all, the delicate genius that is Bill Belichick could be using all his wisdom and grace to be doing unimportant things like solving poverty, designing programs for world peace or delve into cancer research. But instead – and lucky for us – he’s a football coach. We should all knee down and soak in the aura that such men emit.
- Aside from not having updated spy films, perhaps the Patriots lost to the Giants because it was the first time they played a good team twice. All of the other teams the Pats played twice were in the AFC East, who combined for a 12-36 record.
- Is Kris Benson a low-risk, high-reward possibility or is he simply a potential annoyance for the Phillies? Oh, it’s not Benson who is annoying. By all accounts he’s nothing more than a typical baseball player, which means he’s just like everyone else only more entitled. The “problem” with Benson is the baggage he brings – that stuff is all fine and dandy when it happens somewhere else like Pittsburgh, New York or Baltimore. We have enough to deal with as it is already.
- I really enjoy eating with chop sticks.
- Now that Sen. Arlen Specter has decided to take on the Patriots’ alleged spying in his role as de facto commissioner of the NFL, it’s quite interesting how there is quite a bit of bad press. Suddenly, sports media types are indignant and calling upon Congressional leaders to “focus on more important issues.” Well, yeah, Congressional involvement is sports seems more than a bit silly. It’s silly that leagues have antitrust exemption just as it’s ridiculous that government funded agencies can suspend athletes without proper due process.
But perhaps the biggest reason why sports media/fans don’t want Congress involved in the Patriots’ alleged spying or steroid use in baseball is because they don’t want to know the truth. No, Congress is hardly the beacon of trust or the arbiter of truth and justice, but the fact is they are smart enough to take on cases and issues they know they can’t lose. Congress likes sure things and because it looks like they have one with baseball and maybe even the Patriots, maybe some folks are worried that the curtain will be pulled back for everyone to take a good look.
As Tom Cruise said to Craig T. Nelson in the epic Western Pennsylvania football film, All the Right Moves, “You are just a football coach!” Then he ran away. Fast.