I didn't know Arlen Specter was even still in office. He corrected that problem with the time-honored practice of dragging sports into the political realm. That is, milking sports for publicity.
Specifically, the NFL over the issue of the Patriot's filming: In a telephone interview Thursday morning, Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania and ranking member of the committee, said that Goodell would eventually be called before the committee to address two issues: the league’s antitrust exemption in relation to its television contract and the destruction of the tapes that revealed spying by the Patriots.
"That requires an explanation," Specter said. "The N.F.L. has a very preferred status in our country with their antitrust exemption. The American people are entitled to be sure about the integrity of the game. It’s analogous to the C.I.A. destruction of tapes. Or any time you have records destroyed."
Senator Specter: this is a grotesque analogy. You have no business interfering with the NFL's internal operations. Exquisite timing though, Senator.
For a better take on the Patriots and Sunday's game, check out Russ Roberts' piece, "Ode to the Patriots" in todays WSJ.