By Chanan Tigay (which means I lifted this from another blog. I can do that, right?)
So I'm at San Francisco's AT&T Field Tuesday night to watch the Giants play the Atlanta Braves and, more interestingly, Barry Bonds on his 43rd birthday trying to catch Hank Aaron's decades-old home run record. Between innings the park runs short videos on the Jumbotron screen to keep fans entertained, from "guess tonight's attendance" to highlight clips from years past.
One such diversion had fans guessing the favorite actor of Giants’ first baseman Ryan Klesko. The choices were Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson and Tom Hanks. Everyone around me in the center-field bleachers had their money on Will Ferrell. The woman who was actually being asked the question on the enormous screen eventually guessed Tom Hanks. She was wrong. So were we. The correct answer: Mel Gibson.
Considering Gibson's drunken anti-Semitic outburst last summer in Los Angeles, the answer seemed politically incorrect. But imagine my surprise when the company sponsoring the segment had its logo pop up on the screen right after Gibson's name was revealed: Hebrew National. The kosher beef purveyor's slogan then ran across the screen: "We answer to a higher authority."
One word popped into my mind: Oy. I knew what "higher authority" they were referring to, but tomorrow morning it may just be Abe Foxman.