Boondoggle

One blogger’s personal bridge to nowhere

Congress and the NFL

nfl1The WSJ makes an odd comparison between the National Football League and Congress:

But in this age of government failure and corporate bailouts, there is something refreshing about a line of work that is so unforgiving about performance. In the phrase of Bill Parcells, the head of football operations for the (11-5) Miami Dolphins and former Super Bowl coach, “You are what your record says you are.”

Members of Congress can thank their lucky gerrymandered districts that they aren’t judged by the same standard.

Yes, for only in the “ruthless meritocracy” that is the NFL can the 8-8 San Diego Chargers — not to mention the 9-7 Arizona Cardinals and the 10-6 Minnesota Vikings — make the playoffs, and the 11-5 New England Patriots miss out.

Not that I’m bitter or anything.

(image from flickr user jonathan_moreau under a Creative Commons license)

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December 30, 2008 - Posted by | Football, Sports | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I’m sick of Patriots fans bitching about this. If you want to make the playoffs, win your division, don’t hand it over to the freakin’ Dolphins!

    Besides, next year the messiah will return to New England and the members of the most vague geographic distinction in the NFL (I mean, why not the Sun Belt Cardinals or the Mid Atlantic Redskins?) can finally get back to winning while they cheat.

    Comment by Kenny B. | January 21, 2009 | Reply


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