There really is nothing worse than looking bad morally in front of a bunch of Saints, not that I would know from experience and that’s mostly because I don’t know any typically rub shoulders with any kind of saint, since I’m obviously not morally sound. Not only did four former Saints successfully appeal their suspensions in court, but now the NFL commissioner has to prove that his sanctions against the players had nothing to do with salary-cap violations. According to Yahoo sports, those violations are normally handled by special master Stephen Burbank.
All of the sudden the man with the most power and authority in the whole bounty situation must explain himself. I’m not going to sit here and say that I understand the legalities of what can actually happen to Goodell, but if he needs help escaping the pressure of the situation there are a few things I might suggest he should do, some of which include:
Consult Lance Armstrong
Over the last 10 years in sports it seems that any player who has been caught for doping has fallen from grace and been forced to live out of the spotlight and stay as far away from any controversy as they possibly can, except of course for our boy Lance. Even with most of his teammates willing to testify against him in court and his seven Tour de France titles being stripped from him, Armstrong is still considered a hero by most people and hasn’t taken the heat nearly as much as other athletes that have been caught for doping. So if Roger Goodell is found guilty of suspending players for salary-cap violations and blaming it on the bounty situation, he might look bad for a while but at least he would have somebody who can ride a bike really well on his side and be able to escape the pressure. The question is… does Armstrong have a two-seater that can handle Goodell’s weight AND still make for a quick getaway?
Become Commissioner of the Atlantic Independent League…It Worked For Roger Clemens
Have you heard the recent story of baseball legend Roger Clemens signing with the Atlantic Independent League? Well after one successful sort of start with the Sugar Land Skeeters, Clemens is making all sorts of demands in his bid to come back to Major League baseball and (most likely) pitch for the Houston Astros. I can’t believe that Clemens would do that after such a long time away from the spotlight and away from baseball. If Goodell gets into any kind of trouble or has his credibility challenged in any way, he will need to rebuild his image and perhaps the Atlantic Independent League is the way to go. Most players in the league probably can’t afford expensive lawyers anyway so if he makes a mistake he won’t even have to face the music since he probably has more money than all the owners in that league.
Move To Canada
After spending time away from football to smoke marijuana, former NFL running back Ricky Williams moved to Canada and played for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League and although he did not even do very well, he was able to go back to the NFL a short time later with the Miami Dolphins and finish his career as a Baltimore Raven. Sure the CFL only plays three down football, but it could be a good opportunity for Goodell to get more practice seeking out bounty programs with football teams, not because anyone in the CFL is necessarily cheating, but because a bounty program in the CFL actually makes more sense financially. The highest-paid players in the Canadian football league make salaries that are on par with NFL kickers, who are usually on the lower end of the scale in terms of pay in the NFL. Where there are poor football players there must be some kind of incentive to break somebody’s leg. Again I don’t know if that’s true it’s just my opinion, but since Goodell thinks he can suspend players for any reason he wants, why can’t I spearhead bounty programs that help CFL kickers put food on the table?
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