Roger Goodell’s Punishment

Just watched the pregame for tonight’s game between Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Surprisingly enough, Bill Cowher, former Steelers head coach is picking Pittsburgh. Surprisingly enough, Deion Sanders, former Ravens player is picking Baltimore. Deion is right, Baltimore has to be desperate. They win tonight or they are in deep trouble.

If you do a search of bittersportspills, you know we are not in favor of Commissioner Goodell. I’ve always thought he could go away and the league would be better, mostly due to his uneven punishments and game enhancements. The Ray Rice criminal activity has exploded in his face and now has other people questioning his dismal leadership. Two games for punching his girl and … spitting on her … twice!? He claims he didn’t see that second video of Rice throwing the punch. Are you kidding me? You are the NFL. You can do what you want. Just my opinion but he wanted this to go away quickly.

Ray Rice was due a suspension. Not a full year, but a half-season. Here’s how I see it: You punch a woman like that, spit on her twice AND treat her like a sack of garbage afterwards? You get half a season. That is a just punishment, because if you KILL someone with your automobile like Josh Brent, you give them 10 games.  There are people crying its too much for Brent, a guy who drove drunk while his sober passenger got killed. Eight games is right for Rice. The league knee-jerked to a punishment because the second video escaped. And if eight is right for him, Josh Gordon should have to receive an intervention, rehab on reality TV. A football intervention of sorts. He has to miss 3 months while he detoxes. By the way, now these marijuana studies are now starting to appear, and they aren’t so positive as proponents wanted to believe.

What does the commissioner get? He’ll get nothing because he makes the owners a ton of money. The Mueller investigation will show nothing, no matter what the evidence shows. Despite his bullshit of “ignorance is no excuse”, his ignorance of the second tape evidently is a suitable excuse. He suspended Jim Irsay. He hammers players for the most part.

What’s he gonna do with his buddy Jerry Jones, who is being sued for sexual harassment? Could you see Goodell suspending Jones for six games; then life? Me neither. If the NFL wasn’t so ready to blast players right away, on their own schedule, then maybe the league ought to let the legal stuff play out when it comes to punishments.

Wow, did you just see Roethlisberger take a heavy hit on that sack? Goodell will probably ban contact on the quarterback.

Goodell must go; he’s no good for the game. He can make the owners a pile of money … for now … but he sucks for the game. Take the hundred million dollars you’ve made off the league and go be the soccer commissioner.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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