http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_page/20080202_Spygate_sparring.html "Let's see if the commissioner is man enough to face me," Specter (R., Pa.) said last night. Goodell could not be reached to respond to Specter's challenge, but Joe Browne, the NFL's executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said: "We're not going to respond to that. Let that stay the way it is." Earlier, Brown disputed the senator's assertion that the league never responded to his letters demanding that it explain why it destroyed evidence of the Patriots' spying. "His office never asked us, 'Hey, why didn't you respond to the letter?' " Browne said. "We spoke to them about everything, including Super Bowl ticket requests, and it never came up." Specter said he knew nothing about the ticket request, which came from his chief of staff, Scott Hoeflich. "I didn't know anything about it. But I'm a little amused that the NFL would make a public statement about it to try and embarrass me. They must feel pretty stunned by what I've said. It's pretty vindictive, but I think it's amusing." The tickets were for a close friend of Hoeflich's. "I think he's prepared to pay the exorbitant prices," Specter said. "It wasn't a gift or a gratuity." _________________________________________ I'm dying to know if the NFL got his Chief of Staff tickets or said "No can do".