Friday, March 18, 2005

National Pastime Passing Time (and other foulness)

Reacting to the Congressional hearings on steroid use in baseball, Johno sees government interference. I disagree. The Major Leagues had ample time to act on their own -- to put fairness into their sport -- and proved unwilling. Let the regulation begin!

[BTW, if McGwire gets into the Hall of Fame, certainly there's room for Shoeless Joe.]


At 8:39 PM, Blogger Brdgt said...

I agree Nat. In a timely departmental "brown bag" Dan O'Connor, a visiting dissertator from the University of Warwick talked today on Cold War ideology and gender discourse in the Olympics. He pointed out that with both chromosomal testing and steriod testing the Olympics have always been forced to regulate itself because it is simply not in their interest because they know how rampant the problems are. MLB knows how bad the problem is that is why they are resisting it this much.


At 1:15 PM, Blogger johnny two-cents said...

But that's exactly the thing-- if baseball is ignoring its own rules, why does Congress have to get involved? What part of the Constitution covers that?

Sure, MLB has a real problem with the juice. But what law is going to fix that, and why do we want the blunt instrument of Congress, currently dealing with a war, a budget, judicial nominations, and outlawing boobies and vegetative Floridians, to take time out of their schedules to bother with this?

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Nathanael said...

Johno: consider that a little pressure from Congress, properly applied, has forced Bonds to sit out the season (yes, there's the leg thing, but that does not explain his diatribe on being persecuted). A few questions, and Hank Aaron remains the home run king! No steam rolling necessary!


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