The football watching is over and now we’re turning our attention to Roger Clemens on 60 Minutes. The Rocket will be the third segment, behind the president of Pakistan and a Mafia hitman.
Now that Clemens has been called to testify before Congress later this month, this interview has lost a little significance. We’re not expecting any great revelations. But it’ll be interesting to see whether 89-year-old Mike Wallace makes the Rocket squirm a little.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Hey, the president of Pakistan has one of those blue dress shirts with a white collar like Bob Kraft. Wonder if he knows Tom Brady?
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: The Associated Press saw the interview already and has a story.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: According to Wikipedia, Wallace has had four wives (impressive) and retired in 2006. He also went to Michigan. He’s at the Stadium pretty often and always sits in George Steinbrenner’s box. Wonder if Hank will let him in this season?
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: The hitman is on now. Steve “Sid and Marty” Kroft is interviewing him.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: The hitman is from Boston. Turns out he played high school football with the late Ed Bradley.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Here’s the complete transcript of the Clemens interview.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Turns out the hitman went to the Feds, testified, did 14 years and got out last year. The Kirk Radomski of killers.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: The hitman is done. Clemens up next.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: The interview was conducted more than a week ago in Texas. Wonder if they’ll show old Roger hanging out with Koby, Kory, Korncob, Krazy Kat, Koala and the rest of those Clemens kids?
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Comanche Moon will be on CBS next Sunday in case you missed the 1,187 commercials today.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: This is the first ballplayer Wallace has interviewed since Wee Willie Keeler.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Clemens says he’s a good player and good guy, so we should believe him.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Wallace is reading the Mitchell Report to Clemens. Roger is denying it all. … Roger really does look furious.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: “Never happened” seems to the stock answer. Can McNamee sue over this?
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Roger is drinking a lot of water. Probably a masking agent. Roger is “pissed off.”
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: McNamee ratted then used Roger’s fishing equipment in Cabo. That bum.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Roger knows nothing about Andy Pettitte’s HGH use. “Andy’s case is totally seperate. I was shocked to learn about it,” he says.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Clemens said he got painkiller and B-12 injections. He also got pain shots. He says Torre shut him down when he wanted to get a shot. He had a “golf ball” in his elbow.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Clemens said he ate Vioxx like Skittles. That explains some of his postgame interviews. … Mike Wallace is pretty sharp for 89.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Roger says he would tell Congress the same thing as Wallace. He’s waving his arms now. He’s blaming the country for thinking he’s guilty. … McNamee refused to talk to CBS.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Roger says he “probably” will retire. We’ve heard that before.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Interview over. Nothing to see here, folks. Little substance.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: If you didn’t believe Clemens, I don’t see how this interview would change your mind. He was angry but that’s easy to fake. His defense was that people should believe him because of who he is.
The testimony before Congress will be much more revealing, I suspect. Hard to rehearse those answers.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Hey, Andy Rooney is still alive!
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: I have no idea what he just said. Something about the presidential candidates having unimpressive names. Thanks, Andy.
OK, that’s it for the live blog. Thanks for checking in.