SCREAMIN’ FROM THE CHEAP SEATS – JANUARY 12
By Leo Haggerty

RANDOM MUSINGS

I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on what was happening, not only in the world of sports, but with our great nation.  Here’s a few of my thoughts and strictly my thoughts.

PRESIDENT TRUMP
Did he commit an impeachable offense?  In theory, probably.  In reality, maybe not.

I learned early in my college experience, when I took the Law 100 course at Drexel University in Philadelphia, that it’s not what you know but what you can prove.  The President never directly told the protesters to forcibly take over The Capital.  Did he imply that is another story and, if he was in office for six more months or longer, I would strongly recommend that it should be investigated.

The problem is that President elect Joe Biden takes the reigns of power on January 20th.  If there was more than seven day left in his term, I would suggest to Congress that they thoroughly delve into the matter and see if the President was complicit in any way and, if he was, go after him to the fullest extent of the law.

I’m more amazed that Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump, Jr. are not in police custody right now.  Their verbiage was definitely directed to incite people to “combat” because “we are coming after you” and that cannot be ignored especially how the events that followed played out.

CONGRESS
Talk about grandstanding.  If this insurrection, as they are calling it, had happened in any of the state capitals would Congress be calling for impeachment?  Not a chance.

Because our national lawmakers were put in harms way, the House and the Senate are going “full speed ahead” to go after the perpetrators.  Would have been nice if the national legislative branch of government had this much zeal with other issues.

Here’s my question.  Where was Congress on gun control after the shooting at Stoneman High School in Florida?  Where was Congress this summer when protests turned into riots in the major urban areas?  Where was Congress on taking the lead on the pandemic?  Need I say more?

Here’s hoping that those 535 members of Congress do what’s best for the United States of America and keep political affiliation out of the equation.  I’m hoping that’s not asking too much of that august body.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
The NHL will begin their regular season this week.  A new four division setup with a truncated 56 game schedule that will only see play within the division is what we will see.

I’m hoping the league finds a way to get fans into the building.  If not, I truly believe that some organizations may be forced to fold due to a lack of revenue.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
The NBA has commenced their regular season with the first contests the week of Christmas. Already one team, the Toronto Raptors, have been forced to relocate to Tampa due to Canadian protocols related to Covid.

Again, the association needs people in attendance.  That came through crystal clear when only the first half of the schedule was announced.  That way, if franchises have to close their doors at midseason, games will not have to be rescheduled.

Well, from where I sit, that’s what I believe should happen or could happen.  The most important thing is for everyone to wear a mask when you’re out in public.  STAY SAFE