Like Roger Simon, we wondered just how much spare time Republican Senator Arlen Specter had on his hands. Specter has called for a possible Congressional inquiry into the NFL’s destruction of six videotapes made by the New England Patriots, spying on the practices of other teams (something that would seem to be a good idea but is illegal under league rules). Specter wrote to the NFL commissioner (the son of a former GOP Senator, by the way) and later commented:
“I am very concerned about the underlying facts on the taping, the reasons for the judgment on the limited penalties and, most of all, on the inexplicable destruction of the tapes…The American people are entitled to be sure about the integrity of the game. It’s analogous to the C.I.A. destruction of tapes. Or any time you have records destroyed…It’s the same old story…What you did is never as important as the cover-up. This sequence raises more concerns and doubts.”
Just what kind of bonehead is this busybody and fool Specter, we wondered. Finally, in paragraph 31 of a 33 paragraph NYT story, we found out: “Mr. Specter, a lifelong Eagles fan who still calls Philadelphia sports radio stations most Monday mornings…” Aha. It was all about the 2005 Super Bowl.