Is it Congress or is it the Press? FoxSports has an article about how John McCain thinks that there should be federal oversight of 'steroids' in sports.
Oh, good grief. Fresh from the filibuster fight, we are all exercised over whether athletes use 'performance enhancing drugs.' Know what - probably, but is it a federal concern - probably on the regulatory level, but is it a fancy Congressional hearing concern - NO. NO. NO. Let the sports bodies sort it out - they are, after all, essentially SROs with a product to sell.
I also liked this quote - "McCain said after the hearing that pro leagues would be expected to contribute money to USADA if it were to oversee their testing, but 'there may be a need for some federal funding as well.'" REALLY - are you kidding? Sure it isn't much funding, but given the money that is in professional sports, they can't find the money themselves.
Does McCain need something to investigate - how about the enormous subsidies (at the state and local levels particularly) given to professional sports - now its a federal issue to help prevent them from ruining their own product. Or start with the lockout. You know what - use the USADA (that's United States Anti-Doping Agency, for you beginners) subsidy to bridge the gap between the NHL players and owners - at least it would result in the subsequent employment of a few hundred people. I guess I should just shrug an admit that is much like many other federal and state subsidies of private enterprise, but the combination of grandstanding AND cash makes this particularly annoying.
The United States Senate - the most annoying and useless body of which I'd most like to be a member.