Posts Tagged ‘Roger Goodell’

Monday nights’ debacle at the end of the game in Seattle should be the last straw for the NFL in its contract fight against its regular officials. But it probably won’t be. As a result this silly lockout looks more foolish every day, and the fans must share in the blame.

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I’m still trying to figure out what is the point of the NFL taking such a hardline against its referees. What is the league trying to prove? The referees have the most critical front line role in enforcing the rules and integrity of the sport as well as ensuring players’ safety on the field.

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Peyton Manning is a Bronco. Bounty hunting is severely punished. And Tim Tebow takes Tebow-mania to the Big Apple. Just like that, in the span of only a few days, the very predictable NFL world has been turned inside-out.

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While the nature of the game dictates that injuries will always happen, it is clearly out of bounds to deliberately do harm to another player with a so-called bounty payment as incentive.

That said bounties have a long, if undocumented, history in the NFL. But bounties have been implicitly tolerated for years because no one talked publicly about them. Bounties were always whispered, and speculated about, which meant the league and the commissioner never had to take action. In other words – boys have at it, but please don’t embarrass the game.

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Pittsburg Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have escaped prosecution, but he should not elude a suspension and public scorn.

Roethlisberger has never made clear exactly what happened the night he apparently took advantage of an intoxicated woman, who may have barely consented to have sex with him – if she consented at all.

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After two seasons away from the game, the prodigal son, a convicted felon, returns to the gridiron, chastened but wiser, and now ready to lead some NFL team to the Super Bowl.   Wouldn’t that be a story?  If only it was that simple for Michael Vick.   But rather than a story of redemption […]

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