Tip-Off for 9/24/12 (featuring The Doobie Bros.): Time for Roger Goodell to fall on his sword to protect the shield

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What has Roger Goodell done to protect the integrity of the NFL?

He has ongoing issues with player safety, survived a recent lockout, and is trying to close the book on the Saints bounty scandal. Now with an official’s work stoppage on his watch NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fumbled the snap. He may oversee the most popular professional sport in the United States but he’s far from the best commissioner.


The handling of the NFL official work stoppage could be the staple in Goodell’s tenure as commish.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell believes he is bigger than the shield he was appointed to protect. Goodell has had no problem wielding the hammer when it comes to the discipline of players or coaches. When it comes to the long term well-being of the NFL Goodell has taken a nonchalant approach to its issues.

On the issue of player safety Goddell hears everything being said but the lure of a bigger financial windfall from an 18-game schedule seems to drown everything out the cracking of bones. Totally foolish when he has full knowledge of the number of head and neck injuries on the rise in a league where a dime isn’t guaranteed.

When Bill Belichick put his hands on the replacement official following last night’s loss to the Ravens Goodell should’ve been on the phone to DeMaurice Smith and the head of NFL officials. His first call should’ve been scheduling a meeting this week with Belichick. Instead Goodell probably laughed to himself knowing the players and coaches will complain but until it starts to translate at the gate the shield is safe.

The hit that ended in Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey being carted off the field was a penalty that was never called. The NFLPA issued a letter to the owners last week about some of the decisions made during NFL action during week two:

It is lost on us as to how you allow a Commissioner to cavalierly issue suspensions and fines in the name of player health and safety yet permit the wholesale removal of the officials that you trained and entrusted to maintain that very health and safety. It has been reported that the two sides are apart by approximately $60,000 per team. We note that your Commissioner has fined an individual player as much in the name of “safety.” Your actions are looking more and more like simple greed. As players, we see this game as more than the “product” you reference at times. You cannot simply switch to a group of cheaper officials and fulfill your legal, moral, and duty obligations to us and our fans. You need to end the lockout and bring back the officials immediately.

If yesterday’s games were any indicator — a less cordial letter may be on the way.

The Lineup:

Here’s the latest from Dime Magazine (Dime Magazine).

Watch Secretary of State Clinton live this morning (CNN).

Pats Brandon Spikes goes off on replacement officials (Twitter).

Boxing legend Emmanuel Steward has taken ill (The Detroit News).

Injury update on Reggie Bush (Pro Football Talk).

Wiz Khalifa being investigated in possible hit and run (In Flex We Trust).

Race and Rape in the U.S. (Prison Culture).

Bank fees continue to rise in this economy (CBS).

Children are being failed because of ADHD (Washington Post).

Here’s a Monday DJ mix (Sound Cloud).


Seems appropriate to me…

6 Responses to “Tip-Off for 9/24/12 (featuring The Doobie Bros.): Time for Roger Goodell to fall on his sword to protect the shield”

  1. Sinclair says:

    Getting upset at Goodell or even dissecting his decisions is a waste of energy. He’s just the yard boss. If you want to blame anybody for anything, blame the owners. They employ Goodell and he doesn’t do shit without their say so. He’s an empty vessel.

  2. Rance Rob says:

    The NFL is getting harder to watch. I’m a fan of the Patriots and the calls were a trip on both sides. I’d like to see the old refs back but Goodell seems to care less what anyone thinks. I guess either way he feels this will be a memorable season one way or another.

  3. ch555x says:

    I guess my viewing style has shifted into casual. While the quality of officiating has decreased a bit (longer times, ball-spotting, penalties, etc.), it’s not enough for me to notice, aside from the ranting and raving (some legit, some not) on and off the field by players, coaches, and fans. It’s storyline (for sure), but it all goes back to ownership: we shouldn’t even be having this discussion!

  4. Temple3 says:

    Sinclair – I am wit u.

  5. RBD says:

    Good headline on this entry.

    Bad officiating won’t keep fans of any particular team from seeing their team on TV. If there is an impact, it will be felt on Sunday night and Monday night, on which the games are unopposed in the time slot.

  6. ch555x says:

    I suppose folks will point to Seattle, though the Pack didn’t really help matters with their play…:/