Imagine if two months after the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, the NFL announced that several Saints failed drug tests but the league wasn't sure what to do about it.
If the new standard is that players tainted by steroids are not Hall of Fame worthy, then the voters must bar the man who was most singularly positioned to take a stand against that taint and failed to do so.
Clemens acted as if he could bully Congress the way he could intimidate hitters with fastballs. But perhaps the public revulsion toward cheaters and liars will help to make him the fall guy for a tainted era.
The NFL might continue to press for legislation that permits the drug policies of professional sports leagues to trump state workplace drug laws. But the Williamses will not be on the field when the NFL season kicks off.