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Super Bowl Sanctions Make No Sense


The game of “How Outraged Can I Be At The NFL?” has reached an all-time high. It’s traveled so high into the stratosphere that a founding member of ESPN The Magazine suggested on Friday that “the Patriots should be benched for Super Bowl XLIX.”

The absurdity of any moment in today’s “react first then reflect later” environment is only topped by the absurd reactions of the paid experts who report on them.

Roxanne Jones, the author of this insane suggestion, is not alone in her blood thirst. NFL Hall of Famer and Cowboys Ring Of Honor inductee Troy Aikman publicly condemned Tom Brady the morning after a Chris Mortensen report revealed that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game were under-inflated by 2 pounds per square inch.

Such a tremendous reduction in air pressure should be noticeable to anyone who has handled a football in the NFL, so Aikman, Mark Brunell, and several other experts believe to be true.

Then there’s Amani Toomer, who when holding a 10 PSI football compared to a 13 PSI football said, “It’s (the difference in air pressure) not noticeable.” Dan Marino proclaimed belief in Brady’s innocence, and a doubt that he would have paid any attention to the firmness of a pigskin, or lack there of.

So which pro player is more believable than the other? That’s all that this outrage comes down to.

It’s not about what is known, but what is believed.

It is known that the New England Patriots played the 1st half of the AFC Championship Game with footballs that were under-inflated. No ifs, ands, or buts.

However Miss Jones, Mr. Aikman, and a host of other indignant folks believe that it is enough evidence to alter the legitimacy of the NFL’s crown jewel. The bath water is so sour, that the baby that is the 20 weeks leading up to the Super Bowl must be tossed out.

Let’s dance then.

Indy please board your plane to Arizona.

The Colts lost by 38 points, though, so wouldn’t it make more sense to advance the team that played the Pats to the closest finish in the playoffs?

Baltimore, you are the logical choice to represent the AFC next Sunday. Or are you?

Indianapolis believed that New England used sub-inflated footballs back in week 11. Wouldn’t that suggest that every Pats game from that moment on should be forfeited?

At 7-9, the Patriots wouldn’t even be eligible for the playoffs. The Dolphins would win the East, so reseed the whole damn thing. That includes the NFC playoffs, because the Lions would be NFC North champs with a bye week and hosting a home game instead of traveling to Dallas in the Wild Card Round.

The sanctity of sport requires us to take every precaution necessary.


Even with the simplest proposal of suspending Belichick, Brady, or both for the Super Bowl, how could anyone sanely suggest that a Seattle victory would be seen as free from bias?

That’s assuming that proof surfaces that either of those gentlemen had a hand in Deflate-Gate.

Imagine the genuine outrage that would come if a 6-month investigation proved that the missing PSI was an accident. An act of God that no one could account for. How cheap would Super Bowl XLIX be then?

The proper play for Roger Goodell and the NFL is to allow the investigation to play out. If it is found that the Patriots organization intentionally broke the rules, then punish them in due time and with a penalty that is appropriate according to the known facts. (As of this afternoon, the Patriots have now set their cross-hairs on a member of their locker room staff as the guilty party.)

Sadly for some, that means that we will see a fully intact Pats roster and coaching staff on the field of University Of Phoenix Stadium a week from now.

That’s okay though.

At least it gives you someone to root against, but be honest. You hated the Patriots long before nearly a dozen footballs lost some air.

Dustin Copening is a Sports Contributor at The Scoop. Follow him on Twitter at @SNUtilityMan.


The Voice of Reason: Enough Is Enough

When is it going to end?

Andrew Weber - US Presswire
Andrew Weber – US Presswire

When is the off-field violence going to end? Are these “warriors” who fight for us on the gridiron being given a fair shake? Is society asking too much for them to just be able to turn off that “killer instinct” when the clock hits zero?

I say yes, they are being given a fair shake. It is a choice. 

Agree with me, disagree with me, or hate me. The fact is that we all have a choice. Free will. It is the ability to choose an action that WE determine. WE are in control. Up until that moment when we aren’t. (But even then, it is our choice to go through with that out-of-control action.)

The fact of the matter is that we all lose our cool. We may utter a profane word, throw something or smash something. Anger is a normal feeling to have. When we step over the bounds that result in harming other people is when it becomes problematic.

When did it become acceptable to hit women?

Domestic violence has happened for generations, mostly in silence, because the female did not want to say anything for fear of retribution or losing her husband/family. The old excuse that, “I tripped and hit a door,” does not hold water. We know better. We have seen the black eyes, the bruises, the broken limbs.

I grew up with alcoholic parents, yet I never saw any physical violence. I never heard any physical violence in the home. I grew up, got married and had a child. Guess what? I have never hit my wife. Have I wanted to? No. It is about choices. The choices we make affect our lives. I am sure, had I ever struck my wife, I would have been divorced and lost my child.

In the last two weeks, there have been so many stories in the news about professional football players abusing their wives, girlfriends, and even kids. The problem does not just end there. Now we are being told that the Baltimore Ravens may have “misled” the NFL in the Ray Rice investigation. The problem has gone beyond individuals making bad decisions to organizations trying to protect them. You KNOW it’s bad when Ray Lewis starts to make comments.

It may not happen this year or the next, but the NFL better be careful, because if this trend continues they could lose women by the droves. They may lose the fans that have helped create a 9 billion dollar enterprise. There are incidents of spousal/significant other abuse in the NBA, MLB, and NHL, but there are NONE as front-and-center as the NFL, which employs 300+ men on football teams.

David Goldman - Associated Press
David Goldman – Associated Press

The bungling of the Ray Rice incident by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been embarrassing. What did he know? When did he know it? Did it affect his decision to suspend Rice for 2 games? We know now that the NFL offices DID get the video tape of the incident in the elevator. It’s the smoking gun. If it’s proven that Goodell knew and saw the videotape (good luck with that), then he should be fired and or resign. The man formerly known as a disciplinarian desperately needs to get on top of this and recuse himself from the Rice imbroglio.

The once-mighty NFL has a proverbial “black eye.” The NFL used to mean the National Football League. If the league is not careful, it may wind up as the National Felon League.

What is the league going to do about it?

I’m not sure, but Enough is Enough!

Ronnie Garcia is the voice of reason at The Scoop. Follow him on Twitter at @CapnDD.


Yellow Is The New Pink: What’s The Deal With All These Flags?

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


I pride myself on having a keen eye when it comes to watching professional football. I don’t necessarily like to pat myself on the back, but that’s only because my elbow and shoulder agility aren’t what they used to be. Doggone it; if I was one of those little circus dudes who could contort his body … yeah, I’d be scratching my own back daily. Hourly. I’m a sucker for a soft fingernail scratch across my middle back and …

Wait. I digress …

When analysis of a running back’s burst through the hole is necessary, my sixth sense kicks in. Yes, I visualized the roadrunner speed at which CJwhattheK bolted through those double-wide sized running lanes. That one year.

When you need someone to scrutinize a wide receiver’s ability to catch a pass at the height of his catch radius, I’m your man. It seems one Jon Gruden concurs with my insight, that this Calvin Johnson fella sure seems to snatch a lot of passes at just below military low-fly zone.

When you’re in doubt as to the mood of a certain New York Giants quarterback, never fear. I can read the angst on the young rapper’s face, whether it’s due to his most recent interception thrown or thanks to Pey-Pey’s most recent commercial endorsement income being slapped in his face at the family reunion.

Needless to say, my football acumen ranks up there. So you’ve come to the right place for top-shelf expertise on this 2014 NFL preseason. Here’s all you need to glean from this pre-season’s money-maker scrimmage activities the NFL proudly pronounces as competitive games.

Wait for it … Wait for it.

Players are apparently breaking the rules. And getting caught. At an alarming rate.

It seems penalty flags are the new stars of the league. In fact, yellow may have already overtaken pink as the official NFL color this year. For those that don’t follow this, I’m referencing the gracious move the NFL has embraced the past couple of years to support Breast Cancer Awareness by encouraging every player, referee, popcorn bucket, wristband, cleat string and jock strap to include the color pink. [All kidding aside … a solid move, NFL.]

Those pesky penalty flags NFL officials use to signal infractions and other frowned-upon on-field activities—such as allowing a jersey to be untucked or not properly notifying Mr. Referee that one of your husky-boy lineman may have the opportunity to catch a pass down near the goal-line or having too many guys lean in to listen to the quarterback talk about after-game meal plans during a huddle—are a-flyin! Have you seen the number of penalties called during games?

The August 14 Jaguars and Bears game provided fans with a combined 21 penalties for 206 yards worth of penalties. The following night, the Titans and Saints stooped to an even more startling line of 32 flags, totaling nearly 300 yards of infractions. And, friends, these are just the accepted penalties. I watched a bit of both games, and believe me, there were another handful of unaccepted calls made in each. To put this in perspective a bit, the average 2013 NFL game had just under 13 penalties called per game.

For the sake of the fans—not to mention program directors at the television networks covering the games, fearing the necessity to scramble their after-game programming—let’s hope the NFL and players come to a quick and resolute understanding of some of this new rules enforcement. Otherwise, an NFL game may threaten the stronghold golf has on nap-worthy televised sporting events.

But hey. Maybe it’s all part of the master plan to garner a huge partnership with a new sponsor. That’s right. Should the little yellow flag barrage of 2014 persist, fans will ALL need some 5-Hour Energy.

Cue Roger Goodell’s Dr. Evil laugh.


Jay Marks is the Sports Lead for Fantasy Football at The Scoop. Follow him on Twitter at @FFHottieAsst.