Friday, September 14, 2007

Congratulations Mr. Goodell...YOU BLEW IT.

Today, I have one question that is bugging the hell out of me:

If NFL players get suspended for actions detrimental to the game when they commit acts off the field, how are Bill Belichick's actions in spying on the Jets less detrimental to the game?

The NFL and more directly, Roger Goodell dropped the ball in a very big way on this one. How does an NFL head coach who gets caught cheating (let's call it what it is) not get suspended? Any player who runs afoul of the law off the field seems to get some length of suspension under the guise of protecting the integrity of the game.

Then why should the head coach of arguably one of the most marketable and recognizable teams in the league get off with paying a fine and losing a draft pick for an action on the field that directly attacks the integrity of the game? How could he not be facing a lengthy suspension? Arguably his actions have harmed the integrity of the game far more severely than any of the off-the-field actions of PacMan Jones, Tank Johnson, almost the whole Cincinnati Bengals and even Michael Vick. We're talking cheating that very likely affected the outcomes of games including various Super Bowls.

(As an aside, I am an Eagles fan. I would like to go on record saying that the Fat Walrus and our QB were the reasons the Eagles lost the Super Bowl. NOT cheating by Belichick)

And I will not buy the argument that that punishment outweighs the crime since he is the leader of the team and the chief decision maker, whereas a player is just a cog in the machine. If a head coach is cheating, then he does not deserve to be involved with any team activities for the length of a suspension. If a head coach decides to rely on cheating to win games, then he cannot be allowed to have any involvement with his team. How can the league maintain any semblance of fairness otherwise?

And for getting to the end of this post....CHEERLEADERS!!!!

"Cheating soooo changes the game. Uck, sha? No it sooo doesn't. Uh, yeah-ah, it sooo does..."

1 comment:

FFMatt said...

Three words. Tour de France.