Thursday, March 31, 2011


Yesterday, our 'pals' over at the Peeing Red Blog wrote an article called "AZ’s Fiesta Bowl scandal: Grant Woods merits his own “woody award”

Our favorite 'Fake Newspaper', A m e r i c a n P o s t – G a z e t t e posted the story as well.

I agree on one thing:  If Grant Woods covered up the investigation of the Fiesta Bowl, then he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

They didn't cover the whole story! Their 'boss', Senate President Russell Pearce was involved, but of course, they forgot to tell you that:

"In October 2005, for example, the bowl spent $18,454 on a weekend trip to Chicago for state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and several other lawmakers, including Democrats, some of whom brought family members or friends as guests. They attended a University of Michigan football game.

The report says the business agenda for that trip consisted of a one-hour presentation by Big Ten Conference officials on Arizona's bowl impact.

Pearce, other lawmakers and lobbyists were joined by family members on a similar trip to Boston in October 2008 at a cost of more than $65,000. According to the report, they attended a dinner presentation on "BCS Football: An Economic Engine for Arizona." They also saw Boston College play Virginia Tech.

Fiesta Bowl records contain no evidence that any lawmaker reimbursed the airfare, hotel costs or other expenses from those junkets."

A chart in the report shows Fiesta Bowl reimbursements totaling $6,486 for football tickets purchased on behalf of Pearce to games like the Navy-Air Force matchup. Then-Tempe City Councilman Ben Arredondo received tickets worth $6,240, including $4,000 worth of tickets for the 2009 Super Bowl, the report says.

Arredondo could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Pearce declined comment but said as he walked away from TV reporters that he "never took anything they didn't offer everybody."

Pearce's financial-disclosure statements for a four-year period, from 2008 through 2011, show Pearce disclosed a gift from the Insight Bowl on his 2008 disclosure, covering a period from May 2007 through May 2008, and listed the recipients as "me and my wife." The same entry appears on Pearce's disclosure forms from 2009 through 2011, but the item is scratched out. There is no other detailed accounting of the tickets or trips, and the Secretary of State's Office could not immediately provide Pearce's disclosure forms before 2008.

Another Peeing Red Politician was involved also:

Another fundraiser was scheduled in 2006 on behalf of former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.

Kelly Keogh, a Fiesta Bowl administrative aide, provided investigators with a planning e-mail sent to her by Junker. Under the subject, "Hayworth Fundraiser," Junker allegedly instructed: "DO NOT send any emails frm (sic) office. U and I will discuss shortly."

Keogh said board members rather than bowl employees were asked to send invitations to the Hayworth event. As volunteers, board members could do so without violating IRS requirements for non-profits. Similar arrangements were made for a fundraiser for Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane to get around IRS rules, according to employees in the report


This Fiesta Bowl Scandal is a mess! I happened to watch HBO's award winning show "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" last night.

The entire show was dedicated to College Sports and the corruption that has engulfed the NCAA.

This makes the Fiesta Bowl stuff look like 'child's play'!


Moral of the Story:

"People who live in glass houses should not throw stones"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that there is no mention of John McCain.

Pearce, Gov. Jan Brewer and U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl were in a bipartisan array of 23 candidates who the report said received contributions totaling at least $46,539 for which the bowl-affiliated donors were illegally reimbursed by the bowl since 2002.