Written by: Glenn Warciski
Danger-prone NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cannot get out of his own way. In his latest and most outrageous decree, Goodgrief announced, “We want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.” Bullshit!
Like Trump, Goodell is a bully. The reason for his continued employment as NFL commissioner: He has made the owners very wealthy. He has been a pit bull in dealing with the NFL Players Association and with the television networks. By taking hard stances, he has weakened the players union. Take a look at the last CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), it is in favor of the owners. Look at the last negotiated television contracts. A boat load of money for the owners.
On the other hand, Goodgrief has botched every PR situation. From the concussion crisis, the domestic violence issues especially with Ray Rice and others, and now the Anthem issue. With regards to the National Anthem issue, it started out with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and social issues. But when imperious President Donald Trump assailed NFL players for kneeling, this situation morphed into disrespecting the American Flag. Our President in order to divide us pulled a Don Draper. “People want to be told what to do so badly that they will listen to anyone.” Well, the biggest bully pulpit is the office of the President of the United States. With Trump roiling the situation in order to rally his base, a media firestorm erupted. There has been so much of an uproar, some fans began to burn jerseys and stop watching NFL games. This is when Goodell finally made a statement: “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem,” he said. “It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues.” Obviously this is the sticking point that the league is dealing with. At this point, it can’t have it both ways. “The controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players,”.
Clearly, Goodell is not interested in having “honest” conversations.
Let us take a pause: What is the truth about the kneeling? When Kaepernick began his peaceful protests, Goodgrief and the owners decided to stand pat. Former Green Beret and Seattle Seahawks player Nate Boyer advised Kaepernick and teammate Eric Reid to KNEEL.
After hours of careful consideration, and even a visit from Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former NFL player, we came to the conclusion that we should kneel, rather than sit, the next day during the anthem as a peaceful protest. We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.
These protests began in 2016, the owners and Goodell did nothing. This was the time to get ahead of the situation and find middle ground. Instead, they figured the situation would blow over. It did not when Donald Trump fanned the flames. Good Gracious! This is where we are at. Yesterday, another souless shitmuzzle congressman Pete King (R) from New York compared players kneeling to Neo-Nazis saluting. Even Dictionary.com called out King for his sub moronic statement:
The Dictionary.com Twitter account took umbrage with the Republican congressman’s Nazi comparison.
“Comparing apples and oranges is an idiom. It refers to comparing two unlike objects,” the site tweeted.
“E.g. NY Rep. Pete King compared #TakeAKnee to a Nazi salute.”
Instead of consulting with the NFL Players Association, Goodgrief claimed owners were unanimous on this problematic solution. This is far from the case. San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York abstained. And New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson has made it clear he will not prohibit kneeling. Interestingly, Kaepernick and Reid are unemployed. Both men can still play football but the owners have colluded in keeping them out of the NFL. Currently. both gentlemen have sued the NFL.
Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr nails it:
Like the first proposed flawed and sub moronic policy, Goodgrief and the owners will have to come up with something so much better. Like including the players on what should be done. Having an open dialogue about what these protests are about. And letting Kaepernick and Reid play again in the NFL. Otherwise, it is time for new leadership at Park Avenue in New York.
I finally cut the cord. Yes. I do not miss ESPN and FoxSports. Meanwhile on Roku, there is a CBS Sports HQ station. On one segment, CBS “insider” Jason LaCanfora released his tiered quarterback list. From what I gather, he has no metrics to base how he evaluates quarterbacks. In essence, it is his opinion. Needless to say, I have to call him out. A year ago, he “tiered” Eli Manning as a second tier quarterback. This classification means “top pro-proven winner”. If this guy watched some of the games in 2016, he would have not classified Eli in this category. In 2016, the Giants won 11 games because of their defense. On offense as chronicled here on the New York Giants Underground, the Giants averaged 16 points per game. Now after a disastrous and disgusting 2017 season, he decides to move Eli Manning from a tier 2 quarterback to a bottom feeder at tier 5. According to LaCanfora, a tier 5 quarterback “guys, veterans, and place holders”. He groups Eli with the likes of Andy Dalton, Josh McCown, Blake Bortles and Joe Flacco. This is preposterous. I am in the camp of Eli’s best days are behind him. But to drop him from a proven winner to a place holder in one year is disrespectful and unwarranted. At least place Eli in Tier 4 “You can win with them”. Who does he have in Tier 4 this year: Alex Smith, Case Keenum, and Tyrod Taylor. I find laughable is all three guys in this tier 4 have NOT won anything. It is my belief, the Giants are betting on Eli being serviceable- a tier 4 in LaCanfora’s rankings. Nonetheless, Giants GM David Gettleman has surrounded Eli with talent especially the offensive line. If Eli does not get it done this year, then LaCanfora can place him in Tier 5 next year.