Everybody who didn’t do anything stupid in their early 20s, please step forward.
Seriously, is there anybody?
You couldn’t buy beer on Sundays around UMass when I was in school, so we used to drive to Vermont to buy it. And being 19, we drank some of the beer on the way back. It was stupid as stupid can be. We were lucky nothing happened.
Joba Chamberlain wasn’t so lucky. He was speeding in Nebraska one night in October and had too much to drink. He got caught, he admitted it and he was placed on probation and lost his license.
A video of his being pulled over made the rounds yesterday because there wasn’t much else going on. Now the usual cast of hang-wringing moralists are at again. Or making a big deal of the fact that he told the state trooper that New Yorkers are rude and Yogi Berra is short.
In other news, water is wet and that big yellow thing in the sky is the sun.
People wonder why newspapers are dying. Probably because they can’t come up with anything better than commenting on a video that was on the internet 24 hours earlier of an event that happened six months ago. How to be topical.
This is not to make light of drunk driving. It’s a serious crime and if Joba does it again, the team should do everything in its power to punish him. But enough already. Stop letting The Smoking Gun drive the news.
Now today Joba will have to say New Yorkers are sweet as can be and he’s really, really sorry he did it. Just like he said in October, November, December, January, February and March.
Makes you long for the days when the big question was whether he should be a reliever.
OK, that’s not true. Anything is better that big bowl of idiocy.