Why don't we drug test our politicians? A refrain I hear on occasion while listening to The Dan Patrick Show here on SI.com. Another astute point raised by Dano was in the book, "The Big Show" which he co-wrote with Keith Olbermann, is the question of why we care how much athletes make. Just the other day in these awful economic times I saw journeyman backup catcher Mike Redmond of the Minnesota Twins ended up getting a bump in pay to over $900,000.
Now this is not to pick on Mike, to question whether he's worth $900,000 anymore than A-Rod is worth $30 million.
No what this is about concerns putting things into perspective, especially in this economy. That is why instead of writing and calling and complaining about what these guys are making to entertain us, I would ask that you turn your attention to those on Wall St. and Capitol Hill that are ripping you and I off with every transaction this side of Frank Robinson for Milt Papas. It is a sad commentary, a firesale that would make the Florida Marlins blush, at least their fan(s) got two championships for their troubles.
But even if you got a ring made of gold, wouldn't you just be selling it anyway for more dwindling currency? Speaking of rings, considering his contract runs out after the final out of the World Series, would Manny Ramirez be allowed to celebrate with the Boston Red Sox?
I digress and must say that we need to stop not so much venting but going as hard after our athletes and entertainers and turn our attention and energy into going after these Wall St. criminals. They need to face the music and I propose we plaster their pictures, names, personal information, how much they stole/walked away with, where they live, their phone numbers, we need indictments and trials and with that would bring restored confidence to the public and to the markets, that we could finally stand up and get some accountability here.
We'll be sure to give them golden parachuttes from ACME corp., you know the Wile E. Coyote variety with the anvil?