Thanks to Bill Simmons, I now don’t have to write a single word – OK, maybe no more than a paragraph – about this whole “Clemens! Steroids! Crazy ex-Yankees trainers! Oh noes!” soap opera:
Given that we’re dealing with Iraq, global warming, the sub-prime shakeout, the decline of the American dollar, the decline of the public-school system and every other troublesome reality in this country right now, it’s hard to believe some of our most notable Congressmen didn’t have a better way to spend this week than interrogating a disgraced Hall of Fame pitcher and the sad-sack Andy Dick lookalike who once trained him. I do not approve this usage of my tax dollars.
I mean, do people honestly give two shakes about this? And if it does come out that he did use steroids, what’s the upside? It’s not like it will stop potential abusers from using steroids. If anything, if Clemens avoids jail time (his lawyer already is thinking “pardon”), doesn’t it make it more appealing to take performance enhancers for potential steroid abusers? I can imagine more than a few people that would trade having the career that Clemens did for a couple of weeks of public discomfort.
Oh, and Arlen Specter: I hate the Pats as much as the next guy and think they are cheaters, but let’s stick to the stem cell preaching, mmmk?
“We have a right to have honest football games,” [Specter] said.