ESPN's Page 2 takes aim at one of Jim Walsh's pork projects:
Having split the atom and put a man on the moon, the federal government has funded its most ambitious project yet.
Specifically, immortalizing the likes of Danny Biasone.
Haven't heard of Biasone, the father of the 24-second shot clock? Then you probably haven't heard of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, either.
Which, come to think of it, wouldn't be a total shock.
Dedicated to the proposition that Syracuse, N.Y., is a world sports mecca, the Hall counts Biasone among its inductees and is notable for at least two reasons: (1) a dedication to the proposition that Syracuse is a world sports mecca; and (2) it does not include Jim Brown.
Beyond that, one other factor separates the Syracuse Hall from its peers in the field of petty regional homage, fellow cultural meccas such as the Alabama Health Care Hall of Fame and the National Corvette Museum.
Try $75,000. Of your money.
Two years ago, Congress tacked a grant for the Syracuse Hall onto a larger appropriations bill covering Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development.
And no, it wasn't an accounting mistake.
"It wasn't a great deal of money," says Dan Gage, a spokesman for Rep. James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.), the congressman responsible for the funding. "There are similar projects all across the country. This was no different from what is being done elsewhere."
Dan Gage quote reminds me of something my mom always used to say to me, "if everyone else jumped off a bridge would you do it too?" So now I guess we know that Jim Walsh would.
But more importantly, no number 44?!
Okay, slightly more importantly, how much health care could have that $75,000 provided for veterans?