Archive for the Roger Goodell Category

NFL Offers Arbitration To Cable For NFL Network

Posted in NFL Network, Roger Goodell, Time Warner on December 21, 2007 by mizzo

Are you watching the game tonight?

Some of you might be in luck to finally be able to see games on the NFL Network.

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A Cry For Help.

Posted in Blogroll, NFL, Roger Goodell with tags , , on November 4, 2007 by thebrotherreport


Andy Reid is a headstrong coach, numerous times his decision making; or lack thereof has cost the Philadelphia Eagles many games…some would say even a Super Bowl.

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Heckuva Job, Goodie

Posted in Roger Goodell on August 17, 2007 by jweiler

This past Sunday, the typically outstanding Outside the Lines devoted its program to a discussion of concussions and their potential impact on dementia and suicide, specifically focusing on the NFL. This is not the first time OTL has reported on this story and, as I mentioned in criticizing a recent Michael Farber piece in SI, the issue has received more and more attention in the past year.

Before I address the OTL report in greater detail – I have to ask this question: why is “bad attitude” and irresponsible off field conduct by players constant fodder for “reporting” and moralizing by sports media, while the NFL’s ongoing refusal to deal with the growing body of evidence that playing football for a living can literally kill you is consigned to the tiny ghetto of serious sports journalism – like OTL and the New York Times’ Alan Schwarz? To quote Lt. Caffey in A Few Good Men – we’ll come back to that.

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Reading SI (and Bonds hits No. 755): A couple of updates

Posted in Roger Goodell on August 5, 2007 by jweiler

Updates this morning.

Ray, in comments, pasted in a link from Gregg Doyel of CBS Sportsline . Doyel absolutey rips Selig, noting that there was no reason for Selig to be in San Diego last night given how obvious it is that Selig did not want to be there. (On OTL this morning, Ley said Selig looked like he was “sitting in a dentist’s chair” last night). Doyel was especially derisive of Selig’s statement, which reads:

“Congratulations to Barry Bonds as he ties Major League’s Baseball’s home run record. No matter what anyone thinks of the controversy surrounding this event, Mr. Bonds’ achievement is noteworthy and remarkable.

“As I said previously, out of respect for the tradition of the game, the magnitude of the record and the fact that all citizens in this country are innocent until proven guilty, either I or a representative of my office will attend the next few games and make every attempt to observe the breaking of the all-time home run record.”

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The Interview: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Columnist Bryan Burwell

Posted in Adam "Pacman" Jones, Blogroll, Roger Goodell on June 19, 2007 by mizzo

burwell.jpgBryan Burwell is another one of the many journalism legends that have been gracious enough to give TSF a few words about the state of sports as well as encouragement for what we are trying to accomplish here. He is grounded in his criticism of Barry Bonds and Michael Vick while enjoying the time he spends covering the amazing athletic exploits of one Albert Pujols. I may not agree with everything he says, but I most definitely respect his opinion because he does have the experience I’m trying to attain with every fiber of my soul. Crazy that Bryan and I aren’t that far off in age and I have to be honest that the brotha sounds exactly like my Pop. I had to look over my shoulder because of lasting images of orange Hot Wheel tracks and The Belt. Seriously though, Bryan is an inspiration to anyone looking to get into the field because of his thirty plus years experience. He’s seen it all and has vivid memories of Ralph Wiley that I know I would cherish. In an age of alcohol abuse in MLB club houses, I admire his stance on the social hypocrisy regarding alcohol…It’s something he difinitely should get more props for because most writers could give a damn. In that regard, he’s sui generis.

Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. I hope you had a good one. I know I did.


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Deadspin Editor Will Leitch

Posted in Adam "Pacman" Jones, Al Sharpton, Blogroll, NFL, Roger Goodell on May 16, 2007 by mizzo

will-leitch.jpgWill Leitch, editor of Deadspin, heads the most popular sports blog on the web. There are other blogs, but there is only one Deadspin. He’s published two books, Catch and Life of a Loser (a memoir) and is currently working on two more to be published next year. He writes occasionally for the New York Times when he’s not busy being–in his words–the stupid guy typing all day. He’s unapologetic and straight up honest when describing the cynicism of Deadspin and has been a force on the web since 1998. Like he says many times in the interview, we all have a different place on the web to make our objectives known the best we can. We have drastically different views on subjects but also share a commonality regarding others. I let Will speak without espousing my personal views for the most part with the objectives of TSF in mind. Any interview we conduct on The Starting Five will hopefully spur a candid but healthy debate. This conversation is no different. People, you know how we do here, so I hope you enjoy.

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Posted in Blogroll, NFL, Roger Goodell on April 19, 2007 by jweiler

1) Just a couple of quick notes here. First, kudos to Bomani Jones of ESPN’s page 2, for pointing out the absurdity of the $100,000 fine the NFL levied against Brian Urlacher for wearing a baseball cap during Super Bowl week that had a non-NFL sponsor on it. When I heard this fine reported on Mike and Mike this morning, I was surprised at how little attention they gave it. Surely, I thought, they would comment on how steep that number is in comparison with the amount the NFL usually fines players for doing things like stomping on other guys’ heads. Well, Jones did the leg work and pointed out the following:

Urlacher was fined a whopping $100,000 for wearing a hat promoting vitaminwater at Super Bowl media day. That’s more than the total fines against Bill Romanowski for kicking Larry Centers, spitting on J.J. Stokes, breaking Kerry Collins’ jaw with an illegal hit and three separate illegal hits and a punch on Tony Gonzalez.

Well, that about tells us everything we need to know about the NFL’s priorities. For the record, the NFL is playing “the kind of gangsta” that is “to be respected” in Jones’ view:

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