Evidence Of The Summer Baseball Lull

The police blotter mentality in sports media is overkill, and this little piece on Derrick Rose is only contributing to the mess because ti made the “SportsCenter Right Now” segments all morning.

What did Rose do to earn the ink? He got a speeding ticket. Seriously. It’s just a speeding ticket from April that he’s going to court for soon and because he is the #1 pick overall, it’s apparently of merit, just like LeBron James’ speeding ticket from a few months back. Rose was doing 100+ in a 65 zone, and will be in court a week from Friday. He’s likely to only get traffic school and a fine, since it’s a misdemeanor and he’s a first-time offender.

So, who the fuck cares and why is it on my television? Eventually you have to start buying into the theories that the sports media truly does dislike athletes, because there’s really no other reason this makes anything more than minor AP wire copy. It doesn’t deserve even ten seconds on ESPN, because that happens to everyone: people speed excessively, they get caught, and they have to go to court for it. Most go to traffic school, get fined, some in extreme cases as repeat speeders get probation or licenses suspended.

It’s just because we’re bored and need to fill the 24-7 TV news cycle. That, and maybe every athlete has to look like a malcontent or threat to society.

Photo: AP/Charles Rex Abrogast

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Senator Specter, Don’t You Have Better Things To Do?

I should preface all of this by re-stating, as I tend to do when Congress decides to intrude upon professional sport, that the legislative body does have the right to request these things, as far as MLB and the NFL go. These leagues have asked for and received anti-trust exemptions that provide them with a giant leg up.

That said, I wish Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) would find something better to do with his time as the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee than demand an explanation and threaten possible hearings involving Roger Goodell and the NFL over the Patriots’ taping scandal (I refuse to call it “Spygate” for linguistic and historical reasons.)

“It’s the same old story,” Mr. Specter said. “What you did is never as important as the cover-up. This sequence raises more concerns and doubts.”

When Mr. Specter was asked if he could envision a situation in which employees of the Patriots or the N.F.L. were called to testify before the committee, he said he wanted to take the investigation “one step at a time.”

“It could,” Mr. Specter said. “It’s premature to say whom we’re going to call or when. It starts with the commissioner. He had the tapes, and he made the decision as to what the punishment could be. He made the decision to destroy them.”

The interesting part of the NYT piece is the very terse talk with a former member of the Patriots’ video staff, who has a confidentiality agreement with the team. I have been one of those folks who thinks that the taping is probably a tempest in a teapot — but I don’t disagree with Specter that the tapes’ destruction was a questionable step for Goodell and the league. However, I don’t think the senator should be spending all that much time on this — the Judiciary Committee has much, much bigger issues of actual political importance to the country. Hopefully Specter’s request doesn’t turn into a full-blown hearing.

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming…

…for a photo of Dana Jacobson chugging quality vodka like a pro at the Mike and Mike roast last week.

For some reason I find this oddly hot. Relaxed posture, proper angle for quicker chugging, even going the classy route by keeping the bar’s pouring attachment on.

Well done, Ms. Jacobson. I salute you.

(Hat tips: Baseball Musings, Deadspin)