Monday, February 11, 2008

Hey Congress, Stay out of Sports Problems

Now before I get started on this little rant I just want to say I really could care less about politics and the whole big brother concept it has with other countries. But when it comes to problems in sports and sports figures, Congress needs to keep their big nose out of sport's business. I really am sick and tired of turning on ESPN and now that football is done and over with it seems like the only two things on ESPN anymore are steroids in baseball and the spygate and how congress is "interested in getting to the bottom of this". On Wednesday Roger Clemens and a handful of baseball players, trainers, and representatives are heading to Capital hill to discuss the findings of steroids in baseball. It is a day I am simply going to call "Black Wednesday". This is something that is baseballs problem not the governments. So there is controversy in sports, there are more pressing issues in my mind then worrying about who did and who didn't take steroids in the last 90's and early 2000's. I know Bud Selig hired good old Senator George Mitchell to figure out who was taking what in baseball, but this is taking things a bit far if you ask me. Congress worry about getting us out of Iraq or stopping George Bush from making anymore idiotic decisions with our tax money. In the mean time let me tell you how I would go about fixing the steroids problem in baseball and the problem with spygate.

Steroids in Baseball
It a problem that Bud Selig should of dealt with many years ago. Instead he had Senator Mitchell do the investigation he should have been doing and now thanks to the Mitchell report baseball is now seen under a bad light. Look Selig made a big mistake and we know a bunch of players had at least tried steroids during the past 10 to 15 years, but do we really need to recover what happened in the past? You can't fully prove who took steroids or performance enhancing drugs from 5 to 10 years ago. How can prove it is credible? Instead of worrying about the past just let it go and focus on cleaning up the game for this season and seasons to come. Instead of random testing test everyone in the league for steroids. Because honestly how can you really make a test like steroids random? Now label the past 15 years as "The Steroid Era" and move on. Baseball is already a mess you don't need to make it worse by bringing congress into it.

Now since this has come out and I have heard more rumors about the Patriots using it in the Super Bowl and other games I think it is time to really crack down on this. I think the fine and the forfeit their first round pick was a good punishment but now there needs to be more of a punishment. Now I think you should forfeit games and maybe even more than that for being caught video taping now. Who knows if the footage they got of the Rams running their plays helped them in the Super Bowl against the Rams. Roger Goodell needs to enforce some type of punishment system for this. Maybe something like this. First offense: Forfeit of the game and a fine. Second Offense: Forfeit game plus some additional games on top of that. Third Offense: Forfeit entire season. It is at least something the league has to look into.

Congress is there to help punish people for doing real crimes like murders and other serious offenses. They should be more worried about terrorists attacks, how to fix this economic recession, and stop George Bush from cutting taxes on health care. They shouldn't be worried about Baseballs problems, they shouldn't be worried about the NFL's problems, they should be worried about any sports related problems period.


grittysquirrels said...

hey Gonner,
Great article. The whole thing is a giant mess and i only see it getting worse. I've heard a lot of people saying that they think that Clemens could do some real time for this. I would be very surprised if that was the case but I guess we'll see!

Would you mind posting this on TSF when you get time? It's a great article and something we haven't touched on in a while.

Sportsattitude said...

Nate, I could not agree more. I was just commenting to my wife every time I turn on ESPN the ticket across the screen is talking about Congressional hearing this and is like Steroid Investigation is a new sport all unto itself. You'll see from some of my older posts I personally don't care if players use performance enhancing drugs or not, but one thing I do care about is letting the individual sports handle their own affairs. Like you said, politicians are "hired" to manage much more serious issues than who took a syringe in the butt.

Neil Joshi said...

This is really starting to get on my nerves as well Nate. The only thing that makes me feel better is that catchers and pitchers reported to Spring Training yesterday, and that actual baseball will get this stupid thing out of the headlines soon enough.

It seems pretty obvious that Clemens is guilty; Pettite has done everything except explicitly state that McNamee administered HGH to Clemens. Even Roger's wife has come out and admitted it. I just want this whole saga to end, and for Roger to stop pleading to the media for his respect back. He hasn't had my respect since he threw that broken piece of bat at Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series. Great article.