I don't do baseball, but I find a common thread between the
I'll end the suspense by announcing that these first two letters have earned the buffeted ... make that coveted ... E-mailer of the Week Award, so put your hands together for a big Moshulu Parkway round of applause to
From Gene (and incidentally, I know how Toms River got its name... after
First the drugs, which I interpret to mean steroids and HGH, which triggered that TV show from the Washington hearing room. Gosh, wasn't it fun, all those politicians pretending they were like something out of Court TV?
Did they have the power to really bring charges? Uh, no. Did they have the power to reach a verdict and impose a penalty? Come on now. So what were they doing there? They appeared at Clemens' request, after he had gone around and personally schmoozed a selected group of them. Somehow there was the vague threat of punishment to Roger for lying to Congress, although the president has gotten away with it for years.
What I saw, though, in the 10 minutes or so that I was able to watch it, was something right out of the old radio show,
The part that I watched of this week's version was Congressman
"What was prior? You contradicted your own deposition."
"It was before that."
"What was before? First you said you didn't, then you admitted you did."
"Not the way you mean it."
I yelled to the
Now this is going to sound very simplistic to you. If a person is suspected of a crime, bring charges and file them and let the court decide. Why is that such a hard concept to accept? Why give these congressmen and congresswoman a forum to show how dopey they are?
And now I take my simple viewpoint one step farther. Son of Spygate, or The Destruction of the Tapes (not to be confused with The Destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70). Again, if you're going to go after someone on a violation you suspect has been repeated for many years, you launch an investigation, gather evidence and act on it. That's the simplistic viewpoint from one who spent too much time watching cop shows such as
At least that's the way it was presented ... tapes the Patriots produced, representing six years of ... well, legal, or illegal, or fringe-legal, who knows? evidence, plus "notes and other material," whatever that means. And you have to believe that there was a lot more material, gathered over the course of six years.
Sure, that's the way to do it. Let the suspects bring up a case against themselves. That's the way the NCAA does it when it's checking into violations, and every time I hear that phrase, "The University cooperated in the investigation," I have to laugh, the same as I did with this Goodell thing.
Why are these high level people doing this tap dance with Roger Clemens instead of pushing for charges, if they feel they're merited? Because he's a superstar and they're fans. Why has Goodell perpetrated this huge fraud, allowing the club to be its own investigator, and then destroying the results of the investigation? Because, and this is strictly my own viewpoint and in no way reflects the opinion of my sponsors,
Enough rabble rousing.
Did you know that Nixon was a wine buff? The story they tell about him is that, when he'd entertain guests on his yacht, Sequoia, he'd have a bottle of 1966 Chateau Margaux wrapped in a towel and served only to himself, while his guests were served an inexpensive Zinfandel. I once did a column about that and interviewed members of the Wine & Food Society for their opinions. My favorite response was from
"Why, the '66 isn't ready yet," she said.
All this is my way of trying to move us to a lighter topic. OK, one more ... on second thought, I'm going to ditch that heavyweight query from
"Is Andre Reed still waiting because other wideouts played on great teams and the Bills fell short?" asks
I am now looking at the program of a game I attended when I was younger than I am now. The date is Dec. 8, 1946, and the cover says Merry Christmas, and it has the signatures of lots of Giants players. New York won, 31-0 over the 'Skins. Peebles, No. 19, and, incidentally, his formal first name was
He's listed in the Total Football encyclopedia as 6-4, 231, but in his rookie year of '46 his program weight was 218. There were no tight end-split end designations in those days but the other end,
The next year his pass catching dropped to four, but he was seeing most of his duty at right tackle, and he started 11-of-12 games. In '48 he was second string behind
Since I dwell in the past, as everyone knows, it was a pleasure to research all of this, partly from memory, partly from my library. If anyone else has anything of this nature, for instance the Oorang Indians of the 1920s, I'm your man. I'm not kidding, Jimmy, stop laughing, I've got stuff on those guys.
Two more Hall of Fame queries and then we're into, yaaay! TV.
And that's just what's wrong with the recent selections, says
I agree with you that leaving
OK, TV now.
A nasty note from
Canio, I'm going to level with you, and I'm even going to move into this new paragraph to do it. Every neighborhood has its kid that takes heat from everyone. There is always one person in a gathering that's the object of everyone's one-liners. You feel sorry, and you say, "Come on now, give him a chance, he's not so bad." Do you like my fearless approach to life, to the fact that I protect no sources, except for a few of my friends? Well, grant me this one little indulgence, OK? He's getting better. He'll continue to improve. He's not so bad, compared to some others. At least he's not an ego guy. Come on, Canio old boy. Be a sport. Waddya say?
Oy, here comes another one. A "yes, but" from
I don't like the job ESPN does, so I'm not going to go overboard in any direction there, although I'm sure that Mike, if not messed with, would be just fine. Will you guys please leave poor Gumbel alone already! He's not a bad guy. He's trying to do the best he can. I am rooting for him. You think all those names are easy to remember? You try it. Don't be a bully, Nick. You're too good a person for that.
Here's a good one, from
I am a conservative. Leave the damn thing alone. Goodell wants the current system changed, so as to pump more life into the end of season, give-up games, but I think teams that clinch early have earned their rest. With the league office it's all about generating more revenue; more, more, give us more.
Here's a good one to close on, and it's from