Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Men's Volleyball Caught in Political Firestorm

As we have shown in the past, Congress seems to have plenty of time on its hands by passing resolutions honoring collegiate and professional teams for their supremacy in their respective sports. It's not like the country has the highest unemployment rate in 26 years. These bills traditionally pass with overwhelming support because of their lack in any controversy.

Not so fast for the University of California at Irvine men's volleyball team. It seems the Anteaters have found themselves in the middle of a political firestorm.

According to Roll Call, Rep. George Miller of California, a notorious Pelosi henchman, pulled a resolution from the House floor honoring the 2009 national champions. It was a tit-for-tat move against Rep. John Campbell who successfully defeated Miller's bill earlier that would spend $32 million on water projects in the San Francisco Bay area.

The water projects have received scrutiny because they would further exasperate a problem downriver in Southern California where their water has been turned off creating a massive dust bowl.

It is clear that Rep. Miller's water bill will have another day in the House, but it is unclear whether the Anteaters will be rightfully honored.

And frankly, as the resolution notes, Taylor `Bones' Wilson needs to be recognized for leading the Anteaters with 21 kills followed by Carson Clark with 15 kills.


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