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Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by JACKIEGAGA, Sep 5, 2012.
I hope that Green Bay loss costs a playoff spot for one of these high profile owners.
Vader, there is a great story about the baseball owners, who are similarly small minded men, only concerned that the commissioner keeps them rich, in the excellent book, The Lords of the Realm, by John Helyer. That book is about the baseball owners and the rise of the union, and because of that is a little dated, but is still a wonderful read. Find it at your library and enjoy. You'll learn tidbits like the reason Harry Carey was fired by the St. Louis Cardinals was because he was shtupping Auggie Busch's wife.
Anyway, when Ted Turner became owner of the Atlanta Braves, he was definitely the odd man out at the baseball meetings. He wasn't a rich patriarch like most of the other owners. He'd argue with them and lose most of the arguments. After one particularly frustrating meeting, Ted Turner stood up and bellowed at his fellow owners, "Gentlemen, we have the only legal monopoly in sports and we're f***ing it up!"
The football owners seem equally closed minded. With maybe one or two exceptions, the integrity of the games means a lot less to them than keeping their pocketbooks full. Keep the cash flowing and their luxury boxes comfortable and they'll be happy.
Where's Al Davis when we need him?
Six feet under.
Im sure glad Xfinity added CSS-HD yesterday. Now I can watch all the SEC college replay games Sunday instead of the NFL crap. I'm done with the NFL until they get the rent a refs off the field. Although, it does make for an interesting comedy/reality show, if you are into that type programming.
This pretty much says everything. The Lingerie League issued a statement that several referees that are acting as NFL replacements were previously fired from the LFL for incompetence.
I saw this today. Actually, I heard it first mentioned the past week on Dan Patrick's show on the 101. When he kept talking about the Lingerie League, I assumed it was a joking name for something like arena football. No, he was talking about the Lingerie League.
If I was an NFL player and risking my safety out on the field, I would be very concerned.
That might be excusable.
The whole state of Wisconsin.
I'm a high profile owner with 4 Packer shares...does that count?
Actually, I'd prefer it cost the Commish HIS job.
No way. Not until he makes those Saints suspensions stick anyway...
Problem, though... it isn't the "commish" at fault here. He's just delivering the line agreed upon by the NFL owners.
Goodell didn't decide to lockout the refs anymore than he decided to lockout the players. The owners did that... and had Goodell deliver the message.
IF Goodell takes the heat, that's fine because he gets $20 million a year to take the heat... but fired? No way... IF the league tried to dump this on Goodell, that would be worse than what they are doing here thinking we are all stupid and accepting the replacements... to try and make the public think Goodell is to blame would be the height of arrogance.
IF they fired him at the end of this... then the NFL will only prove just how disconnected their owners truly are from reality.
He's empowered to make decisions, especially the tough ones. Look at the fiasco with the whole bounty escapade...he was judge, jury, and executioner on that despite even court challenges to his authority.
Nothing prevents him from saying "you know what...the integrity of the game is in jeopardy by the incorrect results of the MNF situation, and since known rules were implemented wrong (with evidence) and it was applied by temp refs...I am reversing the outcome.
That's called leadership, and only his ego prevents him from doing it. Right now, he's part of the problem and none of the solution.
Which ticks me off even more about him. No integrity. He doesn't need this job. Tell the truth. Do the right thing. If he says they need the refs back and the owners fire him, he is a hero. But, no. He will continue for the money that he really doesn't need.
He can't reverse the outcome because it was a judgment call, and NFL rules do not permit the commissioner to overturn judgment calls.
Actually he can.
In this case...with rent-a-refs at the wheel...he is empowered to determine that a rule was not followed and over-ride it. One such rule includes following procedures for instant replay, as well as referee consultations.
It comes down to: If he wanted to....he could.
What's clear is he has neither the intent or leadership skills to do anything and take the easy way out.
For a guy who promotes himself as being intensely interested in "the integrity of the game", he's a major league wuss in this case.
He cannot determine a rule was not followed in this situation. It was a judgment call, good or bad. Consequently, per the NFL rules, it cannot be overturned. Nor should it be in this situation. Two wrongs don't make a right.
I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.
It's not a question of agreeing or disagreeing; it's a question of what can or can't be done per the rules. I don't like the situation any more than you do, but the commissioner can't do as he pleases when specifically not permitted to do something like change a judgment call. That would make things worse.
Whether he can or not, the commissioner shouldn't overturn the decision.
That would keep us all just living in the past. Instead, the Packers have to get ready for the Saints this Sunday and Goodell has to settle this damn lockout.
It's over. It's done. It's time to play NFL football with the regular refs. The parties should focus on that.
Finally! The NFL and the Officials have reached an agreement "in principle."