I’m not a fan of Roger Goodell or his new brand of NFL football. Goodell is a PR Czar kind of guy who has decided to mold the NFL brand into his own image. Ignoring, universal rule #1, if it ain’t broke don’t try and fix it, Goodell is building a kinder gentler product on the field while ruling with an iron fist from his office in Manhatten.
Thanks to Roger I’ve discovered original English football, a game we call soccer in America. I’ve had a casual interest in soccer since high school but now with the miracle of the Internet and Directv, I can become as informed a fan as the most fanatic hooligan in Manchester. I can watch live games just about everyday if I’m so inclined.
Barclays English Premier League is futbol at the highest level. The EPL is able to attract the best players in the world. But there are also excellent leagues in Europe and throughout the world. La Liga, UEFA, Bundesliga, Serie A and countless others.
Football, Futbol, Soccer is truly the World’s favorite sport. Most Americans however could care less about the great game. But fortunately for me, I’m not one of those and the more I get into football, espeically the EPL and UEFA, it the more I like it.
The more I hear from Roger Goodell, the less I like the NFL. Today the NFL announced that replacement officials will be working the first regular season game. Roger Goodell is arrogant enough to believe that you are stupid enough to believe that anyone can officiate an NFL game.
Just ask Jerry Jones who said he could find 500 coaches to replace Jimmy Johnson and still win. In a way Jerry was correct. The Cowboys have won a single playoff game in the last 15 years. And guess what, the Cowboys are still the second most valuable sporting franchise in the world (behind Manchester United). The Networks still give the Cowboys more coverage than any team in the League and the Cowboys franchise is still the most liked and most hated in the NFL. Jerry is making money and he thanks you for your support.
Goodell is gambling that he can do the same with the rest of the NFL. See David Stern over at the NBA for details.
Don’t get me wrong, I will watch the Cowboys games and some of the other NFL games available Sunday, Monday and now Thursday. I’ll be watching college football too. I’m a sports fan. I love the drama, the unpredictably and the low cost entertainment that sports played at the highest level provide. I admire and respect the talent and skills of the players and coaches.
However, I don’t look to the players as role models no more than I look at actors in that manner. Their job is to be the best they can at what they do while entertaining the rest of us. I don’t care what their politics are, don’t care if they go to strip clubs or run around on their wives or even if they pay their taxes or hit their mama’s. I don’t care how much they are paid and don’t care that most of them will be broke within five years of leaving the game.
I do care that Roger Goodell thinks I’m an idiot and I do care that he’s a hypocrite. He punished the New Orleans Saints to make an example out of them. Yet the Saints were doing what every NFL team has been doing for the last 75 years. He decided to make an example out of them so he (and his league) would look good.
Political correctness is a cancer found every where these days. See Bud Selig and Barry Bonds or Lance Armstrong and USADA for details. Armstrong was doing what all the cyclists were doing at the time. So was Barry Bonds. Take away Armstrong’s seven Toure de France wins and give them to other confirmed dopers. Oh yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Throw Barry Bonds under the bus to make youself feel better about allowing steroids to save baseball after the strike. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
But guess what, I don’t care. I enjoy watching LeToure and don’t care about any of the riders legacies. I still watch baseball and don’t care about the steroids era one way or the other. I watch to be entertained just like some of you watch ghost hunting, reality shows or Mexican soap operas. Each to his own.
Thanks to the miracle of a 60 inch HD (and sometimes 3D) TV, I watch from the comfort of my Lazy Boy. Cowboys Stadium is just 12 miles from my Lazy Boy and even if Jerry Jones gave me 50 yard line tickets, I have a better seat at the Wolf Den. Ah, the miracle of technology…
But for those of you who still like to attend games, Roger Goodell has some new rules in play. Don’t get pissed at those replacement refs and attract the attention of one of those minimum wage yellow jacket security morons.
Roger has instituted a new policy in which fans ejected from a stadium will be required to take a 4 hour online course before they are allowed to return to an NFL facility. I kid you not.
According to ESPN the course focuses on drinking, anger management and crude behavior. If an ejected fan (there were around 7,000 last season) does not complete the course and is found on stadium property, he or she will be arrested. Now you know why they call it the No Fun League.
If I wanted to take bullshit online political correctness courses, I would have hung on with the federal government for a few more years. At least they paid me to waste my time learning how to be PC.
Oh well. Not for me to worry. I may be an old man but I’m a new fan of the beautiful game of football. It’s easier to crack the code on an offside pass in futbol than pass interference in the NFL. There are games to watch everyday if I’m so inclined, thanks to FOX Soccer, BEin Sports, GOL-TV and ESPN. It’s all about options. Life is Good even with Goodell, who can’t rain on my parade even with replacement officals.
Not for nothing, but if you are inclined to wage on regular season NFL games officiated by NCAA Division 2 refs at best, Lingerie Bowl refs at worst, you’ve got too much money, too little sense or a gambling problem. Of course you are going to wager, that’s the reason America loves football as much as England loves football. Take the UNDER 9.5 wins for the Cowboys this season. Yeah, they gonna suck again this year. See the Texas Longhorns for details. Boomer Sooners!
Have a Bonzer Day!