Congress and the NFL
The 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.
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