notes on government, sports and popular culture
......Via this morning's N&R........
The St. Louis Post Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz
"Bonds must be stopped, and only Selig can do it."
Miklasz reminds us that the Black sox were found not guilty in a jury trial of conspiring to fix the 1919 World Series. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned them from baseball anyway.
The point: For better or worse, Bud Selig is a dictator, not a judge in a court of law. He could kick Barry Bonds out of baseball tomorrow if he wanted to. And he should. But Selig knows such a move would involve an ugly fight with the players' union.
Next question: Would Pete Rose still be banned from baseball if he had the union backing him?