Single page view By Jason Whitlock
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Please, let them dig up the corpse of Sen. Joseph McCarthy so he can participate in this made-for-TV Congressional circus. Please.

"Sir, are you, or have you ever been, a member of the BALCO party?"

This is absolutely ridiculous.

Barry Bonds
Think it's just coincidence that all this is happening as Barry Bonds is about to pass Babe Ruth?

Barry Bonds is closing in on America's most cherished (non)record -- Babe Ruth's 714 career home runs -- and now the boys in our Capitol want to do their part in discrediting Bonds, stealing a significant portion of the media spotlight and pandering to the hypocritical morality police, a group that loves a good fund-raiser.

So on March 17, the first day of Dick Vitale's Big Dance, a Congressional committee plans to interrogate seemingly everyone mentioned in Jose Canseco's juicy book except Barry Bonds and George W. Bush. What a freaking coincidence? Politicians get involved in a media-inspired witch-hunt just before Barry passes Babe. Members of the House just might ask Sammy Sosa to pee in a cup.

And we're not supposed to call this B.S? We're not supposed to see this for what it is? It's a publicity stunt. It's an end-zone celebration so cheap and tasteless that even Terrell Owens and Randy Moss are embarrassed.

If there are two things we know, it's that: 1.) You can't legislate morality and 2.) Big government involvement is rarely the solution to any problem.

Page 2's Skip Bayless says if a Congressional hearing is what it's going to take to get the truth about steroids, then let's do it.
But my peers in the media are so happy. On Wednesday, the "Around the Horn" guys screamed that our elected officials better ask the invited and subpoenaed players the million-dollar question.

"Sir, are you, or have you ever been, a member of the BALCO party?"

Remember, this is about sending a message to the kids. Or, at least, that's what Rep. Tom Davis said -- unbelievably -- on "Cold Pizza" the other day. The House is doing this to let kids know that our government is fed up with professional athletes who cheat by using steroids, and that performance-enhancing drugs are dangerous. They're bringing in at least two families that have lost sons because of steroid abuse.

Well, on March 18, I hope there's a Congressional hearing on professional sports' unholy alliance with the adult beverage industry. There isn't a building on the planet that could house all the families whose children's lives have been destroyed by the abuse of alcohol. Come on, pro sports are nothing more than a three-hour excuse to run beer and erection commercials. The two strongest, most negative messages kids pick up from jocks (entertainers) are to drink to get drunk, and to sleep with as many groupies as possible.

But we're cool with that, right? We only live once. Let's address steroids. Let's address a rather gray area that we really don't know much about. And let's address it just weeks before Barry goes after Babe. Let's address it shortly after Major League Baseball matches the NFL and unveils a make-believe policy on performance-enhancing drugs.


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