Thursday, March 22, 2012

Grandstanding and Credibility

The Senate, in the person of Dick Durbin (well named, imho), is going to investigate the practice of bounties in professional football, now that Roger Goodell has issued the harshest penalties in the history that organization to prove that the NFL will not tolerate the practice and to assure that it is brought to a screeching halt. This is not "locking the barn door after the horses have escaped," this is looking to see if the barn has a door after the horses have been rounded back up. The Senate of the United States has become about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

This is what the Senate does in lieu of actually governing the nation.

Meanwhile, in NASCAR, after Jimmie Johnson's crew chief is caught cheating egregiously for the third time and issued severe penalties, which are upheld by the review board, the owner of the team appeals them to the ultimate review person of the sport. That person is a retired executive of Chevrolet, which happens to be the make raced by Jimmie Johnson, and is a long time close personal friend of that team owner, and he promptly reverses the penalties. NASCAR claims that the reversal "does not damage the credibility of NASCAR," which is true enough, since NASCAR has no credibility in the first place. You cannot damage that which does not exist.

The US Senate will not, of course, investigate cheating in NASCAR.


Bartender Cabbie said...

This reminds me when McCain "investigated" steroids in baseball. They don't have any thing better to do it seems.

Mad Mikie said...

Neither Congress nor NASCAR have any credibility.

In the real world, Middlebrook would've recused himself to prevent the appearance of a conflict of interest based on his 2 decades plus relationship with Rick the Felon. But as this is NASCAR, things like conflict of interest and credibility don't apply.Just look at the conflict of interest between Brian France and his marketing company clients and his job as the CIO (Chief Incompetent Ogre). Dodge, STP, Armor All, Smoke BBQ sauce, Kingsford charcoal, and Goodyear just to name a few are all clitents of his marketing company and all are either team sponsors or official sponsors/partners of NASCAR.

momlee said...

I like how you tweaked the barn door/horses metaphor. One might wonder if Mr. Durbin would recognize a horse if he saw one? Might depend which end he was looking upon.

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