Congressman Calls Taylor Mays A “Headhunter”

Oh, sports and politics. You mix together like champagne and sh*t. The latest incident of a politician addressing sports for no discernible reason comes from the House Judiciary Committee, which is addressing the rising evidence of destructive brain trauma in football. That much is okay. Calling out a specific football player, though, come on.

Taylor Mays Representative Dan Lungren

That’s USC All-Universe safety Taylor Mays, whose speed (4.35) and heft (230+ lbs.) make him one of the most violent hitters in recent college football memory. He makes Bob Sanders look like Summer Sanders. He also has a reputation for unclean hits of the helmet-to-helmet variety, one that’s not entirely undeserved. But he’s not exceptionally dirty, so why would a House Representative - from California, of all states - call Mays out as a “headhunter”?

Oh, did we mention the Congressman in question, Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) is a Notre Dame alumnus? Would that help?

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College Football’s BCS Comes Under Perjury Fire

College football fans don’t agree on much. You’ve got your Michigans versus your Ohio States, your Floridas versus your Georgias, and your Notre Dames versus, well, everyone. One thing pretty much everybody agrees on, though, is that the BCS in its current format is a woefully corrupt system that needs revamping in some way shape or form.

The problem, of course, is the money involved - big schools, TV networks, and sponsors all make a killing out of the postseason farce that is the BCS. Not that they’d admit it, though. At congressional hearings this month, the BCS representatives in attendance claimed (under oath and with a straight face, no less) that the money in the college bowl scam goes to charity. YAHOO! SPORTS called BS and the results are pretty damning, as in, criminally damning.

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Bailout Bill Includes NASCAR Tax-Break Provision

President Bush finally signed the much-needed NASCAR tax-break bill into law today. I guess it also has something to do with banks and stuff, but who cares about that crap? It’s all about left turns!

NASCAR cheerleaders

Since pork spending is a bad thing these days, Congress decided that pork tax-cutting is a better idea. Somehow, that means that NASCAR was extended the courtesy of writing off the costs of their facilities over seven years instead of the standard 15. I don’t really know what that means, but it reportedly means a short-term tax savings of about $100 million.

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Blogenspiele: Celts Won A Playoff Game On Road

  • That’s no surprise to 100% INJURY RATE, who doesn’t think much of the Pistons right now.

Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett

Congress May Claim Clemens Committed Perjury

HUGGING HAROLD REYNOLDS tips us off to a NEW YORK TIMES report that Congress may go after Roger Clemens for lying about steroid use.

Roger Clemens Congressional Hearing

The House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform has drafted a letter to the Justice Department, asking that Clemens be investigated for possibly committing perjury during his Feb. 13 appearance on Capitol Hill. Read more…

Lawyer: Clemens Now “Might” Have Been At Party

By now you know about Roger Clemens’ most desperate attempt to besmirch the credibility of Brian McNamee.

Roger Clemens Carson Daly

McNamee claimed in his deposition to federal investigators that Clemens had been at a party thrown by Jose Canseco in 1998. Clemens’ quickly disputed that he had attended the party, and tried to use his denial as a hot poker against the overall veracity of McNamee’s claims against him. Read more…

Phew! Roger Goodell Isn’t Going To Hell After All

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) wasn’t only raising a stink about the NFL’s handling of the Patriots’ taping scandal. Recently, commissioner Roger Goodell and the league had sought to crack down on churches that were showing the Super Bowl on their big screens.

NFL Church Sign

According to the WASHINGTON POST, Specter, along with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), questioned the policy, and Lord Rog is allowing churches to worship at the altar of the prolate spheroid when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around in Tampa next season.

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We Were Wrong And Clemens’ Counsel Was Right

Rep. Henry Waxman of California to the NEW YORK TIMES today on Roger Clemens’ congressional hearing, ā€œIā€™m sorry we had the hearing. I regret that we had the hearing. And the only reason we had the hearing was because Roger Clemens and his lawyers insisted on it.ā€

Roger Clemens fan

Waxman oversaw the hearing, which he claims “sullied” Clemens and unnecessarily embarrassed Brian McNamee. He also claims that because of the hearing, 90% of the public now doesn’t believe the former pitcher.

To us, the only thing the hearing proved was we were wrong about Clemens’ counsel, Rusty Hardin. Read more…

Penn. Congressman Wouldn’t Congratulate Giants

One cranky congressman voted “nay” on a resolution congratulating the New York Giants on their Super Bowl win. Surprisingly, it wasn’t a member from Massachusetts, but a politician from Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy

The BUCKS COUNTY COURIER TIMES reports that local rep Patrick Murphy was the sole dissenting vote in the congressional resolution that passed 412-1 on Wednesday. Read more…

McNamee Lawyer: Prez Bush Will Bail Out Clemens

Brian McNamee’s lawyer, Richard Emery, told Ronald Blum of the ASSOCIATED PRESS today that he thinks if Roger Clemens gets convicted “in connection with the baseball steroids scandal, he’d be pardoned by President Bush.

George W. Bush Roger Clemens

He also said “some Republicans treated his client harshly because of the pitcher’s friendship with the Bush family.” Read more…