Roger Goodell Destroying the NFL – FootballSaturday, August 25, 2012 21:28
Everything wrong with Roger Goodell’s running of the NFL.
Im Not the Only One Who Hates Roger Goodell
My favorite satellite radio sports-talk host is the very controversial and always interesting Dino Costa on Mad Dog Radio.
The reason I believe Dino is the best talk-show host in the universe sure as hell has nothing to do with politics; Costa makes Attila the Hun look like FDR. I’m so Libertarian, I believe American politicians should serve no more than one term and receive no pensions, all drugs should be legalized, guns should be licensed like cars and corporations should pay 50% in taxes–and the rate should only decrease as the number of employees those corporations employ in the good ol’ USA increases.
One thing Costa and I agree on is how badly Roger Goodell is running the NFL. Tune him in and you would find Dino echoing what I’ve been writing about for almost four years. Of course, he will insist that some hacks listen to his show and then write articles inspired by the topics he discusses…
He can’t be serious.
The case against Goodell can be summed up as follows:
Goodell yaps about player safety, yet can’t convince the owners to insist on making the players wear safer helmets and to pay for full-time referees whose experience make any given NFL Sunday safer. I won’t mention protecting the league’s integrity then destroying the “Spygate” tapes or the Bounty-Gate lies.
The 18-game season; the black-out rule; charging full price for exhibition games; refusing to take care of elder NFL alums who have debilitating injuries; not wanting to pay refs what amounts to less than 1% of total NFL revenue.
The premise Goodell and his minions operate on–we can make the NFL safer–is a fantasy. You can’t make NFL football safer any more than you can make synchronized swimming more manly. Unless you take the helmet out of the game, heads are going to slam into heads on every single play. Only monthly HGH testing will shrink players enough to possibly affect the severity of injuries.
Another fantasy: there is no way to “replicate” the fan’s experience at the stadium with those watching at home. Last time I checked, I’m not forced to pay ten bucks for a cold Sam Adams sitting in my fridge. When I go to the bathroom, my feet don’t squish in two inches of urine, and I can beg the nearest woman–if she’s my wife–for some half-time love without fear of arrest.
The NFL as we know it, is doomed.
Fear of lawsuits and lack of courage have made this fan‘s game-day experience far less enjoyable. Now, after every big hit inflicted by one of my Steelers, I wait for the next flag to drop.
Here’s where Dino Costa comes in–he brilliantly compared Roger Goodell’s reaction to the hits some NFL players were taking to that of the NHL’s Commissioner, Gary Bettman, who recently acknowledged the brutality of a controversial on-ice hit in four words: “It was a hockey play.”
Goodell has never stood up for his game. He’s gutless and a pussy–and seemingly, will do anything, to shape the NFL into that flaccid image.
We should all agree blatant shots to the head and using the helmet as a weapon must be eliminated. But, a receiver can’t be allowed to roam across the middle carefree as a deer on a golf course. If he gets his ribs smashed in, that’s too damn bad. He made a choice to play football and is handsomely compensated–and I guarantee you will see more vicious shots to the knees as defenders practice and perfect lowering their target during a tackle.
Thing is, Costa’s rant made me ask “Why?”
Think about it. Goodell is an intelligent man; he has to know how gutless he appears. He has to know he risks losing die-hard fanatics like me if his pussification program reaches its logical conclusion.
Why then, would he risk his legacy and the future of the game he loves?
Pundits like Costa use words like arrogance and hubris to explain Goodell’s character, and I agree. But, those words don’t answer “Why?”
Goodell’s constant references to “growing the game” give us the biggest clue as to what the answer is.
Roger Goodell has an inferiority complex.
Every move he has made from fining James Harrison to suspending Sean Payton reflects the actions of a man who never played an NFL down, a man who reflects the darker side of the American character–hypocrisy, delusion, and of course, greed.
When I was researching another post, I ran across this article–scroll down to the market share chart (Figure 1)–that proves beyond any doubt why Roger Goodell is bent on destroying the NFL, as we know it:
In a rotting nutshell, the NFL’s distant second place on the world’s sports stage explains Goodell’s vision for the NFL. He has punished the Saints for a common NFL practice because he envisions NFL teams in Europe. And, you know, Europeans are much more sophisticated than Americans and simply will not abide the inherent violence of NFL football.
They would prefer to riot and kill each other after the game is over because one soccer player dared to knock over another.
The reason HGH testing has disappeared from the NFL agenda is because Asian countries populated by smaller men are going to need the drug so they can fatten up to compete against NFL teams.
Roger Goodell sees his legacy as “growing the game” to one day be the biggest sport in the world.
Talk about delusional.
NFL football is a uniquely American sport. Americans love football because it is the perfect metaphor for war, and dammit, we love war. We are good at war. Why else would we spend more on defense than the next 20 nations combined?
The rest of the peon nations in the world are incapable of understanding the genius of football as Americans play it.
If he isn’t stopped, Roger Goodell will grow the game into oblivion.
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