Tip-Off for 9/24/12 (featuring The Doobie Bros.): Time for Roger Goodell to fall on his sword to protect the shield
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.
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Injury update on Reggie Bush (Pro Football Talk).
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Children are being failed because of ADHD (Washington Post).
Here’s a Monday DJ mix (Sound Cloud).
Seems appropriate to me…