September 26, 2012
The NY Times almost always sides with the NFL in labor disputes. And they love the commissioner, be it Rozelle, Tagliabue or Goodell. The commissioner can suspend a player for a game, a year, or life--supposedly to protect the image of the game. If the commissioner comes down hard on players or referees the commissioner is defended by the paper of record.
Today the NYT headline tells you a lot: "NFL Chief Caught between Bad Calls and Owner's hard line." In the Mackey vs. NFL antitrust suit, Art Modell was called as a witness by the NFL. Our attorney grilled Modell. Commissioner? Modell was asked, "Who hired Pete Rozelle?" We did! "Who can fire him?" We can. Can the players fire him? No! "Who pays him?" We do. Then, asked our attorney, How can you claim that he is fair? The court room exploded as an iritated Modell almost shouted, "Because we pay him to be fair!" Modell died recently but his memory lingers.
Who is this guy Goodell? Someone should fire him. That is for sure. After the Packer fiasco, we get a hint of this guy's character. Another hint is to ask which lawyers did he hire.
Well, when the NHL locked out players for an entire season, an incredibly stupid move, the League was represented by Jeff Pasch. Gary Bettman was commissioner of the NHL. Who did Roger hire in the NFL? You guessed it: the hardline Bettman and his counsel Pasch. Their goal? Kill the union! Period.
How about the integrity of the game? Here is what Packer player rep Aaron Rogers said: "Our sport is a multi-billion dollar machine. People watch us play, but the product on the field is not being complimented by an approppiate set of officials."
WHAT ABOUT GAMBLING? So $300 million supposedly changed hands as a result of the call. Could someone fix a game? Is there an integrity issue here? Who are these officials? Troy Aikman called the results of the game a joke. Steve Young was furious. Everyone is angry, but poor Roger is oh so lonely at the top!
Oops--the NHL has locked out the players again. Who is in charge? Bettman and Pasch! Whoa Nelly!
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Apparently there is a lot of "bread" to be made on these "circuses." Maybe that is why Walker wants the real refs back. Maybe he had money riding on the game. Just sayin....
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI. | September 26, 2012
For $20 million a year, Goodell's not paid to think. :)
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Badger country | September 26, 2012