Just because football season is over doesn’t mean that the NFL has stopped playing.
While the nation is drowning in a sea of red ink, our embassies are being brutally attacked and questions about Benghazi and Operation Fast and Furious remain ignored by the administration, Congress believes it has time to tackle yet another pressing issue — the National Football League.
Foremost on the minds — such as they are — of Capitol Hill lawmakers are players’ use of performance-enhancing drugs and head injuries, according to The Hill.
All this has been fueled by President Obama’s recent remarks during an interview with Chris Hughes for “The New Republic,” as reported by Townhall.
“I’m a big football fan,” Obama said, adding, though, that “if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.”
The ball was then handed off to MSNBC’s “Now” with Alex Wagner, who gathered a panel of her favorite liberals to mull the whole thing over.
“In terms of regulating this stuff, there is such a narrative in Washington about government overstepping its bounds – government getting overly involved,” Wagner began, according to Mediaite. “Do you feel like there is bipartisan support to regulate safety in the NFL?”
Her panelists all agreed sufficient support existed and that Congress should indeed run the ball to the end zone of laws and regulations to protect the poor, stupid and unsuspecting players from the evil hierarchy of the National Football League. Of course, the panelists were way too politically correct to use those words, but the meaning was clear.
What Congress will soon realize is that the NFL has been at this for a good number of years, and it knows that in order to win the game, it takes both an aggressive offense and and intelligent defense. According to The Hill, the league has its starting lineup of defensive players all fired up and ready to go:
The NFL is well prepared for whatever comes its way. The league has amassed a war chest to build alliances with lawmakers, and fields a team of lobbyists who know the Washington playbook.
“I do think they are going to be active this year and as we have said, we will be as cooperative and helpful as we can,” Adolph Birch III, who leads the NFL’s lobbying team, told The Hill.
But Congress has been at it for a long time, too.
“I’m hopeful that we can hold more hearings on this issue so that we can continue this important discussion on traumatic brain injuries in football,” U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., told The Hill.
I can’t help but feel that if Congress concentrated on the duties both expected and required of them — like passing a budget — and left things like football to those who know it best, the country would be better served.