I just watched a "report" on NFL.com on Roger Goodell's prospective punishment for the Saints' pay-for-performance system. They managed to track down the self-hating Coy Wire, who admitted that he and his teammates had a bounty-type system in Buffalo when he played there--under Gregg Williams, of course, though you weren't supposed to notice when he said Williams knew nothing about it (wink wink).
Then they interviewed a couple of legal experts, who opined that deliberately hurting other players "without consent" (wtf?) could constitute battery, and state legislatures might want to start looking into passing laws against this type of behavior.
[At this point MtnGoddess, looking very fetching in her new haircut, leaped from the chair and shouted "Then why don't you just watch f***ing soccer!?"]
And most of the hits that played as a background to the "report"--like McCray's on Warner, or Sharper's on Faulk--were perfectly legal. Hard, even brutal, but legal. (In fact, so far as I know, none of them, not even Warner's, resulted in a player being knocked out of the game.)
It didn't take long for me to realize that the NFL was plowing the field. This propaganda screed was Roger Goodell's and the NFL's attempt to make fans so angst-ridden that they accept whatever punishment Goodell announces without quibble, like good proletarians. The Saints? They must be punished, and severely at that. The future of football depends on it. Thank God we have a good man like Roger Goodell to make the tough decisions at times like these.
We are screwed.
I think the time has come to circle the wagons. Saints fans need to understand that no matter what the team may have done, no matter how deep their guilt goes, it's not deep enough for the league; nor are they being singled out for what they may have done, but simply because the league needs a fall guy. We need to close ranks. It's now us against them. The people who get it against the people who never will. Sinn f***ing fein.
To all, whether part of the WhoDatNation or not, who stand with us as Roger Goodell prepares to dynamite the levees: thank you. You have our gratitude, and our respect. To all others--inside WDN and out--in the immortal words of Ashley Morris, "f*** you you f***ing f***s."