|For what it's worth|
By Hunter S. Thompson
Page 2 columnist
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children,
Hi again, folks. You know who I am, so I won't belabor it -- and now you know that I worship the Buffalo Springfield. The quotation above is from their classic marching song back in the days when Richard Nixon was still our President. Ho ho. Where is the Boss, now that we finally need him?
Nixon was a Crook, of course, but he was also a rabid football fan -- and he knew the game, which still astounds me, but I have always had a soft spot for him because of it.
So what? you may ask. Why are we talking about Richard Nixon and the Buffalo Springfield when so many other sleazy things are happening in the world of sports today? Are we wallowing in some kind of atavistic endeavor?
I am a certified sports freak, myself, and my record in the way of full-bore Patriotic commitment has never been questioned. I too was a military man for a while. So I think I have earned the right to bitch out loud when the Federal government decides to stomp on my turf and annex the Sports business.
Wow! That is heavy, eh? You bet, but that is also what this country is all about -- which is decidedly not being videotaped by the FBI every time you go to a primo event like the Super Bowl, or the Olympics, or the NBA playoffs, and that is exactly what is happening today.
Right, and let's take a break from this grim business for a moment. It is driving me to drink.
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
Step outta line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what's that sound,
That's it for now, folks. See you next week. And until then, remember the immortal words of Admiral Raphael Semmes: "God helps those who help themselves."
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, The Proud Highway, Better Than Sex and The Rum Diary. His new book, Fear and Loathing in America, has just been released. A regular contributor to various national and international publications, Thompson now lives in a fortified compound near Aspen, Colo. His column, "Hey, Rube," appears each Monday on Page 2.