Taking It To The House ………

Wednesday, 02 May, 2012 …. 20:24:46

Taking It To House ………………..

By tophatal ……….

It’s not rocket science but all of a sudden it seems the NFL now has more egg on its face in the aftermath of the ” Bounty-gate scandal “ which has systematically embroiled the New Orleans Saints organization and led to the NFLPA (union) “running ” for the hills while Executive Director DeMaurice Smith seeks to deflect whatever damage is heading his way and directly in the face of what the fans see as hypocrisy by the union and its executive committee . Smith has issued a public statement defying the NFL hierarchy to produce the evidence that indicates that there was intent on the part of the New Orleans Saints’ players named in the league’s investigative report , which in effect indicts them in terms of the acts , now well chronicled . Coaches Sean Payton , Joe Vitt and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams have been suspended . Along with the coaches , GM Mickey Loomis will also serve suspensions ranging from 6 games to a full year , to Williams’ indefinite suspension . That pretty much ends Williams’ career in the NFL and casts him as a “pariah” amongst his peers .

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To my mind Roger Goodell has been far too lenient with the punishment meted out and draft picks asides does anyone truly believe the Saint won’t find a way rebound from this all in some form ? The New Orleans Saints had to forfeit a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft . Rounds two through seven saw the Saints simply go with what they felt was best suited their needs in supplementing this team’s roster . And the New Orleans Saints’ schedule this season will truly test the mettle of this coaching staff and the now beleaguered Saints’ players. A “giant shadow” has been cast over this organization and it may well take at least two or three more years before the fans and public alike …… see this Saints’ franchise in a totally new and positive light . In reality , the longer the ball-club is simply looked upon as a bunch of nefarious cheats , the better off the game will be ! . With that in mind the NFL , the league itself , is not without any responsibly for this mess . Its slow and bumbling investigation has made the “Mitchell Report ” within baseball seem like a fabled child’s story .

As contentious as the NFC South has been over the past few years , it has to be said that 2011 raised a whole new awareness as to how good this division just happens to be . That being said , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took mediocrity to a whole new level over the course of their 2011 schedule . Ten straight losses to end their season , which subsequently led to the firing of Raheem Morris and the jettisoning of several players during the off-season. Morris’ successor Greg Schiano and his coaching staff in conjunction with GM Mark Dominik saw fit build their roster through free agency and obviously the draft . Schiano and his coaching staff made Michael Barron their pick in the first round of this past NFL Draft as the organization’s choice to bolster their secondary . And as we all know the Buccaneers’ defense was one of the worst performing in the NFL during 2011. As we know the Tampa Bay Buccaneers legacy has always been built upon the efficiency of their defense and the achievements under their former coach Tony Dungy . The ” Tampa Two” as it has come to be known has been adapted and re-engineered to meet the needs of other NFL franchises around the league . And Dungy’s legacy to the NFL , just like that of the West Coast offense” devised by Hall of Fame …… Bill Walsh . Needless to say, Greg Schiano now has a great deal to live up over the course if this season with the Buccaneers.

Mark Dominik has been aggressive in the formulation of acquiring free agents that will complement this roster and strengthen their overall competitiveness . Vincent Jackson the former wide-out with the San Diego Chargers was quick to join the Buccaneers and it is hoped that his play will be a big boost in the reaffirmation Buccaneers’ quarterback Josh Freeman . And it has been well chronicled how sub-par Freeman’s performances were during last season for the Buccaneers. And if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are to fare well then it will be incumbent upon Josh Freeman to perform like the franchise quarterback the franchise believes him to be . Going up against the likes of Cam Newton , Matt Ryan and Drew Brees will be no easy task , given the proficiency of the quarterbacks in question and the very fact that they are among the very best within the NFC , as well the NFL .

In light of the postseason and the San Francisco 49ers’ postseason heroics. For John Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke and the loss in the NFC Championship game to the Eli Manning led New York Giants left a gaping hole in the Niners’ season . For the players this loss proved to be something of an epiphany for the coaching staff and no doubt Harbaugh . The team’s 13-3 record within the NFC West was no fluke as the Niners proved that their resurgence was for real . And from a defensive standpoint the San Francisco 49ers proved to be one of the stellar units within the NFL . Shoring up the defense was one thing but Harbaugh and Baalke were aggressive during the off-season in acquiring Mario Manningham , Randy Moss and Brandon Jacobs . Manningham and Jacobs were part of the Giants’ Superbowl winning team that triumphed over the New England Patriots in a memorable game .

I’ve long maintained that the NFC West much like their AFC West counterparts , are two of the weakest divisions in the NFL from a competitive standpoint . And it should come as no surprise how weak those divisions just happen to be . Barely , an above .500 record by all accounts garners the division winner postseason berth in the postseason . But what might be even more astonishing is the mere fact that the NFL hierarchy hasn’t thought to change this archaic system that is now in place . Would it not be in the best interest that for the league to simply re-seed the teams based upon their divisional and conference records and then by their standings thereafter for the teams who are not divisional winners ? Much of the time , all we appear to witness from the league’s Competition Committee has been to simply soften the image of the game in so many aspects. But it’d be remiss also to overlook the fact of the idiocy of Goodell and the team owners to try and subvert the course of justice as the NFL now finds itself as the plaintiff several judicial proceedings lodged against it by current and former NFL players as they seek recourse concerning the very fact that the league has done little to protect and assist players who suffered concussions during the course of their NFL careers . With players now suffering the early onsets of Alzheimer’s disease , CTE , seizures , long and short-term memory loss . One has to wonder what it is that Goodell and also the NFLPA are trying to hide ? Puzzling as this may seem , even with in-depth medical studies conducted by several world-renowned academic establishments and hospitals , it would appear that the NFL and union have sought to ignore those findings . Can someone please explain to me , how anyone truly believes that Goodell or the NFLPA has one god-damn ounce of credibility at this juncture ? Unless you happen to be an anally retentive as#hole and such a dumb son of a bitch , you surely cannot believe that Roger Goodell really is trying his utmost , to do right by these seasoned veterans ? If that were the case then why in hell’s name would the league hierarchy and union have the details of the $1 billion ($1,000,000,000) set aside in the aftermath of their recent collective bargaining agreement be ” sealed ” by the presiding judge during their mediation process of the labor negotiations ? No details have been forthcoming by either side and it might be correct in surmising that this sum may well be used by the NFL in paying any punitive damages in any judicial verdict leveled against the NFL as part of a settlement . A billion dollars seems a small price to pay , considering the years of suffering by seasoned retired NFL veterans who have been and are still being denied their rightful benefits by the league hierarchy union . WTF !

Having worked in conjunction with current US veterans who’ve served in the theaters of conflict in of Afghanistan and Iraq , only to see them being denied much-needed assistance from the US Dept of Veterans Affairs as well local state agencies because the mountains of bureaucracy and the sheer incompetence of the agencies in question . I can only surmise that the NFL much like the US government simply doesn’t care enough about those who have served with distinction and honor !

The tragic loss of Junior Seau , the former NFL defensive lineman whose near two-decade career saw one of the game’s most prolific defensive players. The player made his name with the San Diego Chargers but also played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots . And while the player’s death is now currently under investigation by the local law enforcement agency there is a great deal of speculation as to the surrounding the death of Seau . Widely differing aspects as to the circumstances concerning the former NFL player’s death from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest . However, unconfirmed sources , state that the death is being treated as a suicide , that if proven to be case , dependent upon the coroner’s findings from the autopsy . Then this would indeed be a sad end to the life of another NFL player. There were no apparent signs that Junior Seau may well have been conflicted or said to be suffering from bouts of depression or any other psychological disorder but in this day and age where we view the NFL player as gladiators, who needn’t show their emotions . Then when such an incident like this arise , it begs the question how should the discerning NFL fan view this all ?

There’s very little help provided by the league or union to aid the players beyond their mandatory programs as it relates to players who have violated the NFL’s drug or steroid policy . God forbid , that a player should the fans much less the analysts that they have some emotional problems because I alluded to earlier these players are viewed as gladiators on the field of play. It’s what the NFL sells and will continue to sell for the blood-hungry fans who in large part couldn’t give a flying-fuck as it relates to player safety . One simply has to read the inane and idiotic comments rendered by patrons all across this forum to actually see how damn well disengaged and out of touch they really are on this most acute of issues . Needless to say that this will continue because of the sheer ignorance of the individuals in question !

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The New Orleans Saints may well be under a great deal of pressure but it now appears that they may well have an unexpected supporter indirectly with the NFLPA coming to their aid. A number of players in part now suspended by the league hierarchy will appeal their suspensions and they will be aided in thorough veracity by their player representative and legal counsel . It remains to be seen how the NFL and in particular Roger Goodell will address those hearings as judge and jury in those upcoming proceedings . What thoughts if any do you have with regard to the New Orleans Saints and the recent announcements concerning the player suspensions ? Also how do you view the upcoming season panning out for the San Francisco 49ers ? And as such what were your first thoughts when made aware of the death of Junior Seau ? By all means simply leave a comment as to your thoughts and once again thanks as always for the continued support of this site as it is greatly appreciated !

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(1) NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith speaks during a press conference held by the NFL Players Association at the Super Bowl XLVI Media Center in the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis on February 2, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Smith has been very critical of Roger Goodell and the suspensions rendered against several New Orleans Saints’ players. The union leader believes that the NFL commissioner far overstepped his mark in the decision. But DeMaurice Smith should know that he and the union hierarchy , . and player representatives signed away (negotiating ) ” their rights “ during the last collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in terms of a process as it relates to his members transgressing the league’s mandates . All this from a former US Justice Dept attorney also practiced with noted Washington , DC law firm Patton Boggs , LLC . One has to wonder during his academic years which classes and lessons in contractual law did Smith more than likely miss ? Win McNamee /Getty Images …..

(2) FILE – From left are NFL football players Jonathan Vilma , in 2011; Anthony Hargrove , in 2010; Will Smith , in 2011; and Scott Fujita , in 2011. New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL, one of four players punished Wednesday, May 2, 2012, for participating in the team’s cash-for-hits bounty system. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was suspended for the first half of this season; Saints defensive end Will Smith was barred for the opening four games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, will miss the first three games. All of the suspensions are without pay. AP Photo/File …..

(3) Sean Payton (left) and Saints’ GM Mickey Loomis share something of a lighthearted moment with the press at the team’s training facility in Metairie , Louisiana ,. Nick Goss /AP Photo …..

(4) (4) Alabama’s Mark Barron poses for photographs with loved ones after being selected as the seventh pick overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall, Thursday, April 26, 2012, in New York. AP Photo/Jason DeCrow ….

(5) Bucs’ general manager Mark Dominik, far left, and coach Greg Schiano introduce their first-round picks, Alabama safety Mark Barron (No. 7 overall) and Boise State running back ; Doug Martin (No. 31). Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Time/Daniel Wallace …..

(6) SEATTLE – DECEMBER 07: (FILE PHOTO) Junior Seau (55) of the New England Patriots jogs on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 7, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 24-21 . Former linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, Junior Seau, was found dead at his home on May 2, 2012, one of eight former team members of the 1994 San Diego Chargers to die . According to reports, Seau had died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chest. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images …. …..

(7) Defensive end Chris Mims (94 ) of the San Diego Chargers watches the action from the sidelines during Super Bowl XXIX against the San Francisco 49ers at Joe Robbie Stadium on January 29, 1995 in Miami, Florida. The 49ers won 49-26 . Mims died of an enlarged heart on October, 2008, one of eight former team members of the 1994 San Diego Chargers to die. Former linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, Junior Seau, was found dead at his home on May 2, 2012. According to reports, Seau had died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chest. Photo by George Rose/Getty Images ….

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36 thoughts on “Taking It To The House ………”

  1. Is it me but no one (NFL hierarchy) might think it coincidental that eight members from the Chargers’ 1994 team roster have met their demise through various means ? In several cases a number of the players in question had been suffering with severe bouts of depression . But no , the league under Goodell , his predecessor Paul Tagliabue , plus the NFLPA (union) simply thought nothing of it all .

    The NFL I’ve said repeatedly , couldn’t give a shit as to what happens to its members , just as long as they’re taking in countless millions in revenues ! Not unlike the federal government and that archaic ass wipe of an agency known as the Veterans Administration , now overseen by former Army General Eric K Shinseki ! This being the very same governmental agency entrusted with the well-being and welfare of US servicemen and women . They (government ) much like the NFL only pays this issue lip service and not much else . Both the NFL and VA are top heavy with bureaucracy and are both completely lacking in intelligence ! .

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  2. Alan,

    I disagree with 2 of your statements.

    #1 IMO, the Saint penalties were TOO HARSH. Goodell virtually gave them the NCAA equivilant to the death penalty. Half of the punishment meted out would more than suffice.

    #2 I can only speak for southern NV, but the Veterans Administration here is well run. It takes good care of us guys and gals that served. Hey, I don’t mind playing second fiddle to the returning Afghan/Iraqi kids coming home and paying a hefty co-pay. It might help that we have a large AFBase here. There goal is to make sure no veteran is homeless. Tough task, but are working hard at it.

    Goodell is in the process of making the NFL a touch football league. His latest kickoff rule change kinda tells us the direction he’s going. Injuries happen in football and life. LET THE MEN PLAY!!

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    1. Ronbets

      I welcome a healthy debate but here’s my caveat to the punishment meted out to the Saints . $500,000 is nothing to a business enterprise of that size that has raked in tens of millions of dollars since this whole charade was in place . Hell , they’ll probably take in 6 times as much in concessions and ticket sales never mind the rights’ fees for showcasing their regular season games nationally as well as with local television affiliates .

      I work for a nationally renowned law firm that has offices nationwide as well as across the globe. Though I’m not a lawyer but my area of expertize is in the area of economics , international corporate governance and international finance. But several of the lawyers within our corporate division who I work in conjunction with have done pro-bono work in the area of assisting military vets . I’ve visited various Veterans’ Administration facilities here within the state of Florida where I reside , and I can tell you this , many of these establishments are not fit for human habitation .

      I served in the British military as a Royal Marine (almost a decade) , having seen active duty in Northern Ireland during the troubles there in early to late eighties as well as far flung places as Eritrea (Horn of Africa) , Cyprus , Morocco , Sudan , and as part of a UN peacekeeping force in other parts of the globe.

      The Miami facility of the VA was part of an unflattering report wherein several members had been infected with Hepatitis B because the damn staff there had been reusing syringes that were un-sanitized in treating certain veteran service members (men and women) . If that’s not a sad indictment of that governmental agency and the mere fact that in the city of Los Angeles there are in excess of 100,000 homeless military vets asleep at night on the streets of that city . But you have an ass like Antonio Villaraigosa (Mayor) simply looking to lure an NFL franchise while an issue that’s so acute goes unaddressed by his council . And it’s the same thing within the city of New York and once again Michael Bloomberg has done fuck all in addressing that problem also .

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      1. Ronbets

        In your honest opinion what should the league (NFL) and union (NFLPA) be doing in order to safeguard the players , past , and present ? It’s not as if they’ve done a bang up job to begin with as they’ve continually ignored the medical findings placed in-front of them concerning concussions , CTE (chronic-traumatic encephalopathy [swelling of the brain]) , seizures and other neurological disorders brought on from repeated hits to the head suffered during a game .

        Goodell his predecessor Paul Tagliabue and that ass wipe former union Executive Director , the late Gene Upshaw and now DeMaurice Smith have been complete joke in addressing the issue . Your thoughts on the matter ? By all means leave a response as you see fit .

        Roger Goodell has proven to be an ignorant ass on so many issues but this one has got the public’s and fans’ attention and it now points to the league hierarchy and the union as to how they’ll deal with it all. The $1,00,000,000 set aside in the agreement between the parties as part of that CBA (collective bargaining agreement) , I believe will be used in any judicial settlement verdict rendered against the NFL rather than being put to use as in the welfare of the retired veterans !

        Here’s something to wet your appetite . Comedienne , actress and tv talk-show host Aisha Tyler .Wouldn’t you like to probe her ill-na-na with your “stick” ?

        And here’s Ewa Sonnet .

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  3. Alan,

    Football is being ‘pussified’ by an autocrat(Goodell) that is striking for Rozellesque status. Born with a silver spoon, Goodell is ruling from his own life’s frustrations. Injuries stymied his college athletic aspirations. A wannabe Jack Kemp for sure.

    We don’t need an autocrat to tell us how to police EVERY aspect of our national pastime. Just follow baseball’s lead. You headhunt our superstar? Yours goes down next at bat. Been going on for decades. You cheapshot Brett Favre? Next series Brees is on his ASS in pain. Kinda like diplomatically swapping spies. Let the players police their own game, with exceptions of MAJOR violations. Pacification produces the ‘James Harrisons’ of the game.

    I’m hoping the player’s union gets the Saint’s player suspensions rescinded. Injuries are part of life. If Czar Goodell wants to minimize them, LET THEM PLAY IN FULL BODY ARMOR.

    Where’s the clamor for boxing reform?

    Now if you don’t mind I more important viewing to do………………..Tyler and Sonnet

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    1. Ronbets

      Injuries are part of life but that doesn’t mean that the league and union should completely ignore the plight of the players and deny them their rightful benefits . As has been the case for the likes of Mike Webster and Dave Duerson prior to their untimely deaths.

      Webster died like a comatose vegetable , defecating and urinating on himself in his waning days . Duerson , as we know , committed suicide but the warning signs were there , as to the neurological disorders that were being suffered by both players . And it’s asinine to think that the players will police themselves , when the union is now taking the insidious stance they’re currently taking , on this whole debacle . Scott Fujita in his testimony stated that he was paying his teammates for certain hits on opposing players . As for Vilma he’s a piece of fecal matter that’s not worth talking about !

      Let me pose this question had one the league’s elite quarterbacks suffered a career ending injury (being paralyzed) from one of the hits inflicted by a Saints’ player . What do you believe the public outcry would be ?

      I’m sure you wouldn’t mind helping Ewa out of her predicament ?

      And I’d sure love to ” butter ” Aisha Tyler’s biscuits ! What do you think ?

      As we Brits like to say …. “I’d knock the stuffin’ out of both Sonnet and Tyler !

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  4. R.I.P Junior. You will not be forgotten for your spirit will live on in Canton. Amen.
    Feliz Cinco de Mayo mi’ amigo and cheers!

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    1. aero

      Seau is perhaps one of the most beloved players in NFL history and he’s surely Canton bound upon meting the prerequisite requirements for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame , albeit , that it will be done posthumously .

      Happy Cinco de Mayo to you and the immediate family . Stay safe but above all , stay sober .

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  5. This was a perminant solution to a temporary problem. This is s aselfish act that hurt his parents and friends. the person that needs the help the one who fond him first. My brother hung himself five years ago. Don’t blame it on the game. The push has begun to ban the game. The ESPN idiot like Mike Greenburg etal are the head cheerleaders to do away with pro football as we know it. The game I saw as kid in 1960’s has changed 180 degrees.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      We send young kids off to war , train them to kill , d maim and do harm to our enemies but upon their return , they’re treated like shit . How is the NFL any different in comparison , albeit it’s being done in the spirit of competition ? Answer me that , rather than mounting a premise that has no merit .

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  6. Al…

    This is something that the commissioner definitely does not want to handle. But ya’ know what? It’s on his desk now so he has to.

    You and I both know, professional boxing suffered a similar fate. It’s most prominent athletes have suffered severe health issues after retirement.

    Could we ever imagine this country without an NFL? At this point, no.

    But think about it. Twenty-five years from now, what will the NFL look like?

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    1. Chris Humpherys(@SportsChump)

      Here’s my take on this all , the NFL moves the goal posts on so many things but they fail continue to address the one issue that the retired veterans have continuously brought up and that is player safety and that of treating them with dignity . o .

      I see the league and union (NFLPA) as no fucking different from the government (VA) and their disgraceful treatment of military veterans ! Goodell has simply been making an ass of himself and the union has been no better ! Now you the union’s Executive Director DeMaurice Smith questioning the veracity of the league’s case. Here’s my take on that , during their CBA (collective bargaining agreement ) _ labor negotiations , he (Smith) and the union (executive committee) essentially signed away their rights as it dealt with actions prompting punishment meted out by the NFL , solely for the purpose of getting more of that proverbial slice of the monetary pie (players’ revenue share) . Anyone one with a god damn ounce of common sense who’d simply care to do the research would find out they haven’t a leg to stand on .

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    1. Sam’s Sports Brief

      If it’s found that Seau had CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy ) then essence it simply confirms that multiple concussions may well have been in part an underlying factor in Junior Seau’s death . I’m not at all surprised by this considering the fact that the league hierarchy or the NFLPA (union) have never been truly concerned with the players’ safety ! . They simply only pay the “issue ” lip service as and when they see fit !

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        1. Dunno what the reaction of the League would be….but I do know the fans of those guys would be ready to tar and feather rveryone.
          Especially Giants and Steeler fans. As I said before….it will probably take a player getting killed…..course then the Govt would raise hell

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            1. I agree….Feds seem to screw things up requently. Stuff they should no bother with, they do; things they should, they don’t or as you say f..k it up
              royally. Banking industry aside, look what they did with baseball, especially the Bonds’ case. Then there is the military….understand they “forced”
              more money onto the militart then they neeed or wanted….more damn useless spending.Too many damn indians who would be chiefs or think they
              are already chiefs. Too many Congressmen, too many bureaucrats and hangerson. Govt needs revamped to firt the real needs of the people.

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              1. al clements

                We’ve seen that the US government from a legal standpoint indicated that they’re are completely clueless . Both committees ( Senate Judiciary & House Energy &Commerce ) that presided over the hearings concerning ” steroids in baseball ” fawned over the players and league hierarchy that gave testimony , that in the end simply achieved not one god damn thing ! If they got involved in any hearings that concerned the NFL then there too it would be considered a joke !

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                1. And this has veen going on since beore Will Rogers’ time. Seen some of his stuff….stilll true today. AND, there is a “comic” that plays a piano and makes “nasty” comments about our guvmint….don’t think he is still alive though…and then there is Louis Black.
                  Damn when will members of Congress realize that they are the butt of all the jokes? Clueless ain’t the word. but I cannot think of another worthy.
                  mebbe vaccuum

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            1. Sam’s Sports Brief

              In this day and age what’s meant to be deemed real football as it pertains to the NFL ? What is that the NFL and league hierarchy have done to improve player safety ? If anything they’ve ignored that as they chase after the “proverbial billions of dollars “ afforded to them courtesy of the tv contracts , concession sales and whatever else in terms of their various revenue streams .

              The NFLPA (union) and owners have done little to address that issue at the same time you have the Competitions Committee each year coming up with some asinine rule change that simply makes no sense whatsoever !

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    2. Sam’s Sports Brief

      The issue of CTE ( chronic traumatic encephalopathy ) has been well chronicled over the years , going back to Goodell’s predecessor Paul Tagliabue . In the last decade world renowned medical institutions such as John Hopkins , Harvard Medical School , Yale School of Medicine & Neurology , American Academy of Neurological Science and Nat’l Inst of Health have all conducted in-depth studies but somehow the NFL has chosen to ignore it all. Furthermore , for those anally retentive individuals who now feel that the game is being emasculated they’ve no god-damn idea as to what they’re talking about ! The league’s own in-house studies has in essence been a misnomer of lies and deceit ., as there’s now growing evidence to suggest that a lot of their research they chose to hide from their members and the public at large .

      Now Goodell because of the ongoing litigation is trying to change his and that of the league’s (NFL) stance on this issue . No doubt because any verdict rendered against them will end up costing them tens of millions of dollars if it was found that they were culpable .

      The NFL's actions have been egregious and no different from that of the tobacco companies and the way that they have conducted themselves in trying to avoid the numerous lawsuits over the years until the US Justice Department and the various states’ attorney generals jointly went after them in the lawsuits that have taken place . Now you have current as well former NFL veterans seeking recourse at the Federal level and state levels with their joint and individual lawsuits . Hopefully , they’ll make the league pay dearly for their actions over the last two decades , at least !

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  7. Junior was one hell of a player…..like all who wind up damn near vegetables when retired. Damn crime that the NFL and the union don’t do enough, if anything for the retirees. Sure, it seems that Goodell is “pussifying” the League….for all his faults I do believe he is attempting to protect the players.
    Now before someone goes off on this….concussions will continue, no matter what steps are taken……our heads are just to fragile to be involved in violeny sports……anytime the body comes to a sudden stop, the brain bounces against the skull….inertia won’t let it happen any other way

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  8. tThere is a way…..all players go on a “information strike” refuse to play…..course they would lose some money….think they would do it?

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    1. al clements

      The answer to your question ……… a resounding no ! Isn’t it bad enough when you already know how god-damn hypocritical the NFLPA (union) just happens to be on the issue of player safety alongside the NFL hierarchy itself ? I mean it’s now coming to light that Roger Goodell’s predecessor Paul Tagliabue in light of the growing evidence of head trauma and concussions with medical research conducted then and now , he (Tagliabue) chose to ignore it all . And it has been the same with Goodell during his early tenure . So all of this bullshit about the league caring about the players is fucking bullshit !

      I am sick and tired of these dumb ass fans talking about this issue when they themselves have done little if any research at all on the whole god damn issue . All this fuc_ing bullshit about the sissy-fying of the the game , which would they rather see ? A competitive matchup between teams or players being maimed and severely injured .? They all need to get a f_cking clue instead of showing their complete frigging ignorance and apathy !

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  9. True…….Methinks 90 percent of the fans want to see someone carried off the field. Hell I know what a concussion is, how it is caused and all that…..wish the damn public really knew and gave a damn. I was called “hardhead” by an oldtime blacksmith when I was younger….guess I would fall and hit my head then get up and carry on like nothing had happened. Later I used my head to headbutt when it was the last option in bringing someone down….effective but…….

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    1. al clements

      Let me pose this question to you . Had one the elite “elite” quarterbacks (Manning [Eli]], Brady , Stafford , Rodgers & Roethlisberger) from last season had their careers abruptly ended by a Saints’ player through a tragic injury or death what do you believe the outcry would now be ?

      The NFL’s image has been irreparably damaged by these events and the sheer apathy and idiocy of the fans is now beyond belief as they don’t seem to fully comprehend the gravity of the situation !

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  10. al clements

    We don’t need the Congress intervening within the diaspora of sports unless there has been something really egregious going on that borders on criminality . Otherwise like everything else it’ll simply be fu_ked up ! Now they’re talking about having hearings ( House Banking & Senate Banking Committee ) to discuss the latest fiasco involving JP Morgan Chase and the $2 billion loss ( $2,000,000,000) that ensued at their trading desk within their London Office operations . That’ll solve about as much as a horse taking a shit in an open field and then the owner of the animal coming along to see how odious the odor might be ! I mean what will it all solve at the end of the day after the incident ?

    The NFL has progressed somewhat but at times they’re archaic in their thought process . !

    tophatal …..

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  11. onder if real football can coexist with Goodell’s well meant decisions,,,,,,,,,,I said long ago, bring back leather helmets….head contact will definitely go down

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    1. al clements

      Goodell’s well meant decision ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!! The arbitrator who’ll be presiding over the appeals of the four suspended Saints’ players is none other Shyam Das , the very same arbitrator who presided over the Ryan Braun hearing that overturned his 50 game suspension . All of these individuals who seemingly think that the likes of (hierarchy commissioners) Goodell , Bettman(NHL) , Selig and Stern (NBA) have a modicum of intelligence are simply kidding themselves .

      tophatal ….

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  12. You’re right….but what is the answer?? At one time football was more or less safe…..then there was no unions etc……hell, The players on one team can buy California and they want more! Dunno, but if it gets any worse……….

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    1. al clements

      The NFL and team owners are now conducting their off season meetings , and even now they agree to disagree as to whether or not to provide retired veterans with help concerning psychological and mental health issues brought on by depression and concussions. What does that tell you all along about these assholes within the NFL hierarchy to begin with ? On the other hand they have agreed to make sure that players have their lower extremities better protected , and upheld the fines lodged against (cumulative $46 million combined) the Cowboys and Redskins for contravening an unwritten rule (salary cap) covering the 2010 season when there was no god-damn salary cap . You tell me where there’s said to be any frigging common sense being shown within the NFL hierarchy as of now ?

      tophatal …….

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  13. First off I’d say there has never been any common sense since the players became unionized and making trillions.
    True, before they were more or less treated akin to slaves….as it is said give me the simpler times

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    1. al clements

      The day that there’s any common sense being shown by anyone within the NFL ……. will be the day that Bristol Palin is able to explain to us all succinctly how she lost her virginity “allegedly “ and was impregnated by a dumb f#ck like Levi Johnston .

      Another reason why sex education should be taught in middle and high school in order to stop blunders like this from happening ! This poor kid has these two assholes as parents ! Bristol Palin & Levi Johnston

      tophatal …….

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