Not for traffic. Just a way to get to a topic which is germane to our interest, through another which is not.
We refer to the "independent" investigation of the NFL regarding a much publicized case of domestic violence. We’ll start by saying what we probably should put in bold-faced, italic caps.
"We are not in any way slighting the importance of serious handling of incidents of domestic violence."
We have absolutely no idea about allocation of responsibility for the development of an over-all ambience allowing (or at least winking at?) the kind of criminal action involved in the current situation. Owners? League? Players union? All?
But, given our frame of mind, and the development of local traffic patterns, when we see the word "investigation" connected with the NFL, we automatically continue turning in the same direction, but to a different exit. We would ask other questions, from another "off ramp."
When might there be an investigation of professional sports franchises use of extortion with public officials all over the country? Public officials who have not the wits or the courage to protect their own constituents - their own neighbors - from the looting of the public treasury. What secret deals permit public officials to commit billions of tax dollars as subsidy of private corporations?
Locally, why is there no question about the need for increased revenues for legitimate public services while giving a basketball team an annual gift of millions of tax dollars? And, yet again, what happened to the quarter century of revenues from the tax enacted specifically to buy our own boondoggle - the RCA Dome?
Local politicians spent several million extra taxpayer dollars giving corporate welfare recipients the ability to open the "upper limits" of their venue at will. Was this actually an unstated psychological indication of the "sky’s the limit" on financial commitment for subsidy of professional sports?
Investigation?? Hell, other than a few private blogs, there aren’t even any real questions being asked here in Indianapolis!!!