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Specter More than a Spectator

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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FAN-ATICAL Specter It might strike you as odd that Republican Senator Arlen Specter is spending so much time hemming and hawing about the New England Patriots' possible destruction of video tapes, especially considering other, possibly more important unsolved acts of video tape destruction. But it shouldn't. Specter—who has said his interest in the Pats case was spurred by concerns that the team may have cheated his hometown Eagles out of a Super Bowl—has a long history of sticking his legislative nose into the world of football. With the help of the New York Times archive, stroll with us down the memory lane of displaced priorities and compensating for never making it past JV.

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