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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Bill Simmons is one of my favorite writers. He couldn't be more correct; his wasn't the best morning for Roger Goodell. Hours after former Viking Jimmy Kennedy practically ran out of ways to call the NFL's commissioner a "liar," Goodell ...

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Old 10-26-2012, 07:51 AM   #1
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A Hierarchy of Hypocrites

Bill Simmons is one of my favorite writers. He couldn't be more correct;


his wasn't the best morning for Roger Goodell. Hours after former Viking Jimmy Kennedy practically ran out of ways to call the NFL's commissioner a "liar," Goodell announced that he would be recusing himself from hearing the Saints' latest bounty appeal. Taking over? Wait a second good God, that's Paul Tagliabue's music! Can you remember another commissioner having his objectivity questioned so vociferously that he had to enlist his former boss to clean up his mess? Me neither.

And you wonder why Goodell might be wearing the "Most Dangerously Incompetent Commissioner in Sports" championship belt for the foreseeable future, even as his rival commissioners keep halfheartedly trying to steal it. David Stern waited until the last minute to unveil his ambitious anti-flopping agenda his annual early-October headline grab, as mandated by the NBA's collective bargaining agreement. Unsatisfied with the public reaction, the Notorious D.J.S. upped the stakes with a hurried crackdown on pregame handshakes and chest-bumps. Wait, what?1 Meanwhile, Bud Selig keeps refusing to expand instant replay's parameters, if only because it's crucial that we keep pretending that every playoff baseball game is being played in 1923. And then there's Gary Bruce Bettman, the serial killer of the National Hockey League, someone who keeps murdering games and seasons without being caught. He's only missing a catchy/creepy nickname like the Zamboni Killer or the Canadian Bogeyman.

So for Goodell to stand out so blatantly, that means things had to escalate quickly, and maybe even that Brick killed a guy. In this case, "Brick" was Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who didn't kill Goodell with a trident but definitely ethered him. Fujita didn't pour his feelings into a hostile dis song, write a takedown blog post or leak anonymous quotes to a writer with a forum. He handled his business the old-fashioned way: with a thoughtful missive. Tired of being dragged through the mud of New Orleans's bounty scandal, Fujita crafted 100 carefully chosen words to say everything about Goodell that needed to be said.

"The commissioner says he is disappointed in me," Fujita hissed. "The truth is, I'm disappointed in him. His positions on player health and safety since a 2009 congressional hearing on concussions have been inconsistent at best. He failed to acknowledge a link between concussions and post-career brain disease, pushed for an 18-game regular season, committed to a full season of Thursday night games, has continually challenged players' rights to file workers compensation claims for on-the-job injuries, and he employed incompetent replacement officials for the start of the 2012 season. His actions or lack thereof are by the league's own definition, 'conduct detrimental.'"

Translation: This dude is a H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:32 AM   #2
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How this clown manages to keep his job is beyond me. Ever since he started instituting fines and suspensions for bogus hits on qb's (hand to the helmet should not be a penalty), i knew it was more about him collecting money rather than player safety. He's bogus, he's. fraud, he's a hypocrite. Probably beats his wife and kids then kicks the dog when he gets home.
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How this clown manages to keep his job is beyond me. Ever since he started instituting fines and suspensions for bogus hits on qb's (hand to the helmet should not be a penalty), i knew it was more about him collecting money rather than player safety. He's bogus, he's. fraud, he's a hypocrite. Probably beats his wife and kids then kicks the dog when he gets home.
He still beats his wife?
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Man Fajita taco laid it down on Goodell. I agree with the writer, if you F up at your job, who faces the consequenses, you or do you dish it off to your co-worker. Roger needs to grow a pair, man up and face the problems at hand. He is letting his pride get in the way instead of just saying maybe I jumped the gun a bit before getting "ALL" of the evidence.
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Man Fajita taco laid it down on Goodell. I agree with the writer, if you F up at your job, who faces the consequenses, you or do you dish it off to your co-worker. Roger needs to grow a pair, man up and face the problems at hand. He is letting his pride get in the way instead of just saying maybe I jumped the gun a bit before getting "ALL" of the evidence.
Pride goeth before a fall.

BAM!!! Reality slam!
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:28 PM   #6
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I already knew he was a 100% pure, USDA choice FRAUD. You gonna wait three years and waste 25,000 sheets of paper (half of a small library) to hit a team, who's city is hosting the Super Bowl, with a penalty when it should have been nipped in the bud at that moment (i.e. after the 2009 NFC Divisional Playoff game vs Arizona). This man is "BFI" and I don't have to tell you what "BFI" means....
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:17 AM   #7
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He's the ambassador of the owners greed first and foremost. His secondary task is too deal with the nuisance of safety by covering up the disregard for it. He's been pushing for more games since day one despite the concerns of players and fans.
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The NFL's best hope with Goodell - at this point - is to make him the "concussion commissioner" and sacrifice him to partially appeal to the thousands of pending lawsuits from former players.

Frankly, he'll be no great loss. He's accomplished nothing but dissension since his appointment, and is almost-universally disliked (certainly by the fans, players & refs). I'll be happy as hell to see him go.
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Can we have Goodell's head donated for scientific study?
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The problem with this entire is discussion is "BFI" commissioners are just like cock roaches. Squash one and there's only ten thousand more left.
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