Weatherford Democrat

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May 19, 2008

Column: It’s over... let it go

(Continued)



But even with all this Spygate information seemingly coming to a close, one person wants to drag it out even longer. Why? Because he needs to have his name attached to something that will make him a person remembered. How many people, outside of the political world, had ever heard of Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter before he started branching out into the world of sports? Let’s be honest, there’s not a whole lot of senators who sit in the forefront of our minds when it comes to historical recollection. That’s why Specter is trying to keep Spygate alive.

Specter said in his media address Wednesday that he thought the NFL and it’s Spygate issue with the Patriots should be investigated the same way that steroids in baseball was investigated by former senator [odd] George Mitchell. No, it shouldn’t. Steroids are an illegal substance if used without a prescription. That is a violation of a law. Someone cheating by “misinterpreting the rules” is not going to cause death or violent attacks and while it is immoral, is not against any federal law. Specter’s big push was about the lesson the professional athletes, coaches and franchises are teaching our kids. Isn’t that what parents are for? Aren’t we supposed to teach our kids the difference between right and wrong? He also used the example that high school and college kids would learn to cheat. No. Pretty sure they know how to cheat, but it is up to their coaches who work with them on a day-to-day basis to teach them that through hard work and dedication you accomplish your goals. Not through cheating. In fact, the whole issue surrounding Spygate, Belichick and the Patriots could be used as a teaching tool for most coaches.

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