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This just in: wonders haven't ceased, and Mike Florio has a good column

No, really.

What he says here makes a lot of sense. I agree with every point he makes, and there are five of them. Maybe I need to check my blood glucose.

Florio's essential point is that the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy is broken, and it will take a lot of fixing. In order to do that, they need to open it up not only to public scrutiny, but to the participation of both the players union and a neutral third party. I would point out that if his fourth point--independent arbitration--were enacted, the Starcaps case would probably have blown over about a week after it became public. If his other points were enacted, certain other cases would have different outcomes: Brian Cushing would never have won Rookie of the Year, for instance. And perhaps thirty percent of NFL players would be looking for new jobs. (That probably includes a lot of Saints, too.)

But perhaps his most important point is what may happen if the NFL chooses to do nothing:

The ultimate goal -- both for the league and the NFL players' union -- should be to keep Congress from insinuating itself into the process, a prospect that likely would result in stiffer penalties, more stringent requirements, and (most importantly) the loss of control over a key aspect of the business of pro football.

And Congress will only mind its own business (or, more accurately, business more important to the fate of the republic than whether athletes are juicing) if the general public has confidence in the manner in which sports leagues like the NFL are minding their own shop.

It's an odd feeling, finding yourself in total agreement with Florio, and against the league. But it's Roger Goodell and the NFL that's the enemy here, and there's an old saying: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Way to go, Mike. You're still a jerk.

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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