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(Slate)   How Roger Goodell completely and utterly farked the 2012 football season   (slate.com ) divider line
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2013-01-03 08:37:13 AM  
You're right, he was terrible.

Someone should put a bounty on his head.
 
2013-01-03 08:41:30 AM  
As a Hawks / Seattle fan, it gave me no end of delight to see how referees screwing someone other than Seattle meant the strike would immediately end.  Had Green Bay been the recipient of the games last bogus call (in a game full of bogus calls) then the strike would have continued.

All it took was a horrified nation looking on as Seattle caught a break from a referee on national TV.

How dare Bulgarian South Alaska get given a break.
 
2013-01-03 09:32:11 AM  
Seahawks fans, the only fans who biatch about the refs more than the Ravens fans. And that's a lot of biatching.
 
2013-01-03 09:41:53 AM  
If a banker who flunked out of college ref camp hadn't signaled touchdown when there wasn't a touchdown, the Packers would be enjoying their playoff bye week right now.

Bullshiat. Nobody has any idea how the entire game would've went if the regular refs would've called it. This focus on a singular play is maddening. People seem to treat that one call as the only bad call of the game. IMHO, the entire league's results from the first three games are suspect. That play was simply the most egregious in a long line of crap calls.

Goodell needs to go. He's as bad as Stern. Possibly worse.
 
2013-01-03 09:53:24 AM  

t3knomanser: Seahawks fans, the only fans who biatch about the refs more than the Ravens fans. And that's a lot of biatching.


Farkied now as "Stealer shill."  :)
 
2013-01-03 10:04:14 AM  

Generation_D: referees screwing someone other than Seattle


Watch a Titans home game some time.  Every single game we have bogus calls go against us.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-03 10:06:03 AM  
This focus on a singular play is maddening.

I remember a baseball commentator talking about "the theory of the predestined hit." The idea being if a runner got thrown out stealing and the next batter hit a home run, the runner had wasted a run. But the next batter wasn't guaranteed a home run. With a runner on first he has X% chance of a hit and Y% chance of hitting into a double play.
 
2013-01-03 11:02:44 AM  

Generation_D: t3knomanser: Seahawks fans, the only fans who biatch about the refs more than the Ravens fans. And that's a lot of biatching.

Farkied now as "Stealer shill."  :)


Steeler?
 
2013-01-03 11:23:33 AM  

GAT_00: Generation_D: referees screwing someone other than Seattle

Watch a Titans home game some time.  Every single game we have bogus calls go against us.


As a Jags fan, I wish we were good enough to have a call go against us occasionally. You have to earn those.
 
2013-01-03 11:35:44 AM  
Based on this article and as an Eagles season ticket holder I DEMAND the entire season be vacated and we have a do-over starting at week one and...and...

fark it, the Eagles would probably go 0-16
 
2013-01-03 11:54:02 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Based on this article and as an Eagles season ticket holder I DEMAND the entire season be vacated and we have a do-over starting at week one and...and...

fark it, the Eagles would probably go 0-16


You guys are interviewing Chip Kelly, so maybe there's an upside to this season.
 
2013-01-03 12:04:39 PM  

SnarfVader: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Based on this article and as an Eagles season ticket holder I DEMAND the entire season be vacated and we have a do-over starting at week one and...and...

fark it, the Eagles would probably go 0-16

You guys are interviewing Chip Kelly, so maybe there's an upside to this season.


You mean Steve Spurrier 2.0?
 
2013-01-03 12:08:11 PM  
I love how the article is blaming Goodell for Snyder and Jones ignoring the gentleman's agreement about not going over $123 million then throws this gem out there: the other owners decided to come down hard on them for not honoring the conspiracy
Dallas was going to suck this year anyway
 
2013-01-03 12:08:33 PM  

SnarfVader: If a banker who flunked out of college ref camp hadn't signaled touchdown when there wasn't a touchdown, the Packers would be enjoying their playoff bye week right now.

Bullshiat. Nobody has any idea how the entire game would've went if the regular refs would've called it. This focus on a singular play is maddening. People seem to treat that one call as the only bad call of the game. IMHO, the entire league's results from the first three games are suspect. That play was simply the most egregious in a long line of crap calls.

Goodell needs to go. He's as bad as Stern. Possibly worse.


POSSIBLY? The man is a giant goddamned hypocrite who is only interested in attempting to not pay billions of dollars worth of money to former players, is a stuck-up penny pinching coont, and singlehandedly ruined the season of a franchise (and possibly doomed the entire career of another) in order to do so. Not to mention trying to strongarm "Who Dat" away, and being a lying ass.

He's the worst commissioner the game has ever seen.
 
2013-01-03 12:09:14 PM  

SnarfVader: If a banker who flunked out of college ref camp hadn't signaled touchdown when there wasn't a touchdown, the Packers would be enjoying their playoff bye week right now.

Bullshiat. Nobody has any idea how the entire game would've went if the regular refs would've called it. This focus on a singular play is maddening. People seem to treat that one call as the only bad call of the game. IMHO, the entire league's results from the first three games are suspect. That play was simply the most egregious in a long line of crap calls.

Goodell needs to go. He's as bad as Stern. Possibly worse.


Yeah this. And it's not like the "real" refs haven't laid some serious turds in the meantime.

It has been a hell of a year. I still can't believe they all got away with the collusion, and even managed to punish the teams that balked.
 
2013-01-03 12:14:31 PM  

KingKauff: I love how the article is blaming Goodell for Snyder and Jones ignoring the gentleman's agreement about not going over $123 million then throws this gem out there: the other owners decided to come down hard on them for not honoring the conspiracy


You know who could've stopped them? Roger Goodell.

You know why he didn't? 'Cuz, much like Bud Selig, the other owners have him in their pockets. And they really, really want Snyder and Jones gone. And they're also why you will never, ever see Mark Cuban own an NFL team.
 
2013-01-03 12:16:25 PM  
Wait a moment...

The article only talks about the suspensions for bounty-gate and the ref lockout in the last 2 paragraphs...

The entire substance of this article was about the non-salary cap year and the collusion by the team owners to place an artificial limit as to going so far to penalize the two teams that violated it. This was the ENTIRE reason for the player lockout if you werent keeping score! As the article mentions the NFLPA wanted to SUE over collusion (which it was) and Goodell's primary goal was getting them to forfeit that lawsuit as part of the new agreement! This one move probably screwed the NFLPA out of hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars if not a billion. In that aspect, one could argue that Goodell did his job and protected the owners.

Because of this: Goodell had to "protect the players" with this whole Saints bounty hunter scandal.

Brett Favre got mugged. Plain and simple. Anyone watching the Minnesota vs New Orleans NFC Championship game knows that plain and simple. Hit after the play was over, attacked without the ball, pulled down after the whistle... It was disguising and sickening to watch. Goodell now has to jump up and "protect the players." That was the entire point of this investigation and player suspensions. The real Bullsh*t about it is that it should have been done 2 years ago, but Goodell didnt need to... his league is making Billions of dollars and he doesnt want to change the formula.
 
2013-01-03 12:17:18 PM  

IlGreven: And they're also why you will never, ever see Mark Cuban own an NFL team.


I would adopt that as my second favorite team the moment they announced that. Unless it was another NFC North team. Still he has 28 options.
 
2013-01-03 12:17:26 PM  
FARK YOU John Mara and Roger Goodell for stealing 36 million dollars of cap space from the Redskins.

/I'm fine with the 10 million you stole from the Cowboys
 
2013-01-03 12:17:40 PM  

Sargun: SnarfVader: If a banker who flunked out of college ref camp hadn't signaled touchdown when there wasn't a touchdown, the Packers would be enjoying their playoff bye week right now.

Bullshiat. Nobody has any idea how the entire game would've went if the regular refs would've called it. This focus on a singular play is maddening. People seem to treat that one call as the only bad call of the game. IMHO, the entire league's results from the first three games are suspect. That play was simply the most egregious in a long line of crap calls.

Goodell needs to go. He's as bad as Stern. Possibly worse.

POSSIBLY? The man is a giant goddamned hypocrite who is only interested in attempting to not pay billions of dollars worth of money to former players, is a stuck-up penny pinching coont, and singlehandedly ruined the season of a franchise (and possibly doomed the entire career of another) in order to do so. Not to mention trying to strongarm "Who Dat" away, and being a lying ass.

He's the worst commissioner the game has ever seen.


well, I'll admit, thanks to goodell, I've never had more productive sundays in the fall.

/ this season was balls.
 
2013-01-03 12:18:38 PM  
I'm more pissed about his exclusive NFL gaming contract he gave to EA sports. Madden has gotten worse every year since this happened. I curse his name every time the game freezes.
 
2013-01-03 12:22:35 PM  

SnarfVader: Nobody has any idea how the entire game would've went if the regular refs would've called it.


Given how lax the replacement refs were in calling pass interference and letting defenses actually touch the quarterback, it's a safe bet that Green Bay and their army of wide receivers would have trampled Seattle in that game. Green Bay has been on a roll since the old refs came back. Maybe they'll meet again in the playoffs and we'll know for sure.

/Not likely since the Vikings are going to run wild in Green Bay this weekend.
 
2013-01-03 12:22:36 PM  

Generation_D: t3knomanser: Seahawks fans, the only fans who biatch about the refs more than the Ravens fans. And that's a lot of biatching.

Farkied now as "Stealer shill."  :)


The Ravens were ripped off in the Philadelphia loss. 12 non-calls, four wrong calls, in a 1 point game.

You should have heard what Baltimore was saying about the NFL between 83 and 96. They've mellowed considerably.
 
2013-01-03 12:25:18 PM  

Pick13: FARK YOU John Mara and Roger Goodell for stealing 36 million dollars of cap space from the Redskins.

/I'm fine with the 10 million you stole from the Cowboys


What I didn't understand was how Judge Dody passed the buck on stating whether or not there was collusion involved. The whole "the union had forfeited its right to sue under the collective bargaining agreement" doesn't erase the fact that there was collusion involving the owners. To paraphrase what Marvin Miller once said, the NFL owners effectively fixed a season.
 
2013-01-03 12:25:35 PM  

NewWorldDan: and letting defenses actually touch the quarterback


I don't think you saw that game.
 
2013-01-03 12:28:12 PM  

Rwa2play:

What I didn't understand was how Judge Dody passed the buck on stating whether or not there was collusion involved. The whole "the union had forfeited its right to sue under the collective bargaining agreement" doesn't erase the fact that there was collusion involving the owners. To paraphrase what Marvin Miller once said, the NFL owners effectively fixed a season.


And the NFLPA will remember this. Always. The next labor battle will be BRU-TAL.
 
2013-01-03 12:28:13 PM  

Sargun: SnarfVader: If a banker who flunked out of college ref camp hadn't signaled touchdown when there wasn't a touchdown, the Packers would be enjoying their playoff bye week right now.

Bullshiat. Nobody has any idea how the entire game would've went if the regular refs would've called it. This focus on a singular play is maddening. People seem to treat that one call as the only bad call of the game. IMHO, the entire league's results from the first three games are suspect. That play was simply the most egregious in a long line of crap calls.

Goodell needs to go. He's as bad as Stern. Possibly worse.

POSSIBLY? The man is a giant goddamned hypocrite who is only interested in attempting to not pay billions of dollars worth of money to former players, is a stuck-up penny pinching coont, and singlehandedly ruined the season of a franchise (and possibly doomed the entire career of another) in order to do so. Not to mention trying to strongarm "Who Dat" away, and being a lying ass.

He's the worst commissioner the game has ever seen.


Goodell really sucks, no question, and is easily the worst NFL commissioner ever, but the title of worst commissioner in U.S. sports history belongs to Gary Bettman.
 
2013-01-03 12:29:02 PM  

turtle1: I'm more pissed about his exclusive NFL gaming contract he gave to EA sports. Madden has gotten worse every year since this happened. I curse his name every time the game freezes.


whenever i'm sad i bring my dreamcast out of storage and play NFL2K and 2K1
 
2013-01-03 12:29:03 PM  

turtle1: I'm more pissed about his exclusive NFL gaming contract he gave to EA sports. Madden has gotten worse every year since this happened. I curse his name every time the game freezes.


That was 2 years before Goodell, and right now he would be kind of stupid to stop it considering how successful it is. I do miss the 2k version though.
 
2013-01-03 12:33:55 PM  
done in one.
 
2013-01-03 12:34:45 PM  
The author of this article sounds really butthurt. Are we all seriously supposed to feel sorry for the poor Cowboys and Redskins for the terrible oppression forced upon them by the mad man, Roger Goodell?
 
2013-01-03 12:35:43 PM  
I keep hearing how bad Selig and Goodell are. Yet the NFL and MLB have never been healthier, money wise, ratings wise and excitement wise.
 
2013-01-03 12:35:57 PM  
The players bargained away their right to sue the owners for colluding to impose a fake salary cap in 2010, so they can't complain anymore about it.

Snyder and Jones are apparently bound to the rules of the NFL and lost their "arbitration" which is a travesty and should make ALL the owners nervous about how fake and hollow their own arbitration system is, which puts them all in danger.

What I can't understand is why the DOJ isn't pressing criminal charges for this 100% proven violation of the law. Everybody knows it happened, everybody knows it's illegal (not just civil, but criminal) and the DOJ is doing nothing.
 
2013-01-03 12:38:09 PM  

smerfnablin: his league is making Billions of dollars and he doesnt want to change the formula.


Sure he does. He keeps trying to change the formula to squeeze just a few more million out of the game. He has the most popular, most profitable sport in the country and he can't stop farking with it. It's another reason he's a rotten commissioner.
 
2013-01-03 12:43:16 PM  

Lou Brown: Are we all seriously supposed to feel sorry for the poor Cowboys and Redskins for the terrible oppression forced upon them by the mad man, Roger Goodell?


Not really but, he can make up any excuse to go after any team (draft picks or cap space) without teams able to fight it.
 
2013-01-03 12:43:21 PM  
It crippled the Redskins and Cowboys so much that they were the NFC East teams with a shot at the division title in Week 17 after both failed to make it last year.
 
2013-01-03 12:44:44 PM  

hbk72777: I keep hearing how bad Selig and Goodell are. Yet the NFL and MLB have never been healthier, money wise, ratings wise and excitement wise.


Selig's rep has gotten, I won't say better, maybe less caustic since the MLBPA and MLB have been able to get two CBA's through without a work stoppage. Labor peace in the NFL will be around for a while.

Doesn't take away the fact that Goodell's been on this crusade ever since former players sued the NFL for TBI related issues.
 
2013-01-03 12:45:07 PM  

Generation_D: As a Hawks / Seattle fan, it gave me no end of delight to see how referees screwing someone other than Seattle meant the strike would immediately end.  Had Green Bay been the recipient of the games last bogus call (in a game full of bogus calls) then the strike would have continued.

All it took was a horrified nation looking on as Seattle caught a break from a referee on national TV.

How dare Bulgarian South Alaska get given a break.


Technically, you weren't. The win did not improve Seattle's playoff situation in the end. You'd be the 5 seed with or without the Fail Mary.

You did, however, cost the Packers a bye and give it to the 49ers.
 
2013-01-03 12:48:43 PM  

Gosling: You did, however, cost the Packers a bye and give it to the 49ers.


No, the Packers cost themselves a bye by sh*tting the bed in Week 17.
 
2013-01-03 12:49:11 PM  

smerfnablin: Brett Favre got mugged.



Good. Watching him flame out was very joyous.

And the Seahawks game? I'm sort of glad it went that way. The Packers do better when they have to work for it. The result of the 2010 season was way more fun than after 2011.

/GO PACKERS!
 
2013-01-03 12:51:52 PM  

IAmRight: No, the Packers cost themselves a bye by sh*tting the bed in Week 17.


Had the Seattle game been ruled correctly, the game would have ended up being meaningless to the Packers.
 
2013-01-03 12:52:24 PM  

Robert1966: smerfnablin: his league is making Billions of dollars and he doesnt want to change the formula.

Sure he does. He keeps trying to change the formula to squeeze just a few more million out of the game. He has the most popular, most profitable sport in the country and he can't stop farking with it. It's another reason he's a rotten commissioner.


Exhibit A: Thursday Night Football. How does one sked. a Thursday Night game immediately after a Sunday game? I can understand the Lions and Cowboys doing it on Thanksgiving, but that's a once in a year event. Even then, they should schedule a bye week for the teams involved in those games. Many CFB teams have the right idea in scheduling Thursday night games by scheduling a "bye" on the Saturday prior to that game. A model that the NFL should follow if they're going to schedule 18 weeks of regular season football.

Problem, the owners WANT 18 games to go with the 18 weeks, which is dumb in so many ways. It's better to have 16 games in an 18-week sked,with two bye weeks, one of them specifically tailored for games on Thursday Nights.
 
2013-01-03 12:54:16 PM  

cefm: The players bargained away their right to sue the owners for colluding to impose a fake salary cap in 2010, so they can't complain anymore about it.

Snyder and Jones are apparently bound to the rules of the NFL and lost their "arbitration" which is a travesty and should make ALL the owners nervous about how fake and hollow their own arbitration system is, which puts them all in danger.

What I can't understand is why the DOJ isn't pressing criminal charges for this 100% proven violation of the law. Everybody knows it happened, everybody knows it's illegal (not just civil, but criminal) and the DOJ is doing nothing.


Dude, this is America. Rich white men do not go to prison.

/unless, of course, they steal from other rich white men.
 
2013-01-03 12:54:40 PM  
Hahaha the Chiefs are hiring Reid. Perfect.
 
2013-01-03 12:55:19 PM  

Gosling: Had the Seattle game been ruled correctly, the game would have ended up being meaningless to the Packers.


You have no idea what the score would've been if the game had been ruled correctly.

That call was not in the top 100 worst calls of this NFL season.
 
2013-01-03 12:57:25 PM  

thecpt: turtle1: I'm more pissed about his exclusive NFL gaming contract he gave to EA sports. Madden has gotten worse every year since this happened. I curse his name every time the game freezes.

That was 2 years before Goodell, and right now he would be kind of stupid to stop it considering how successful it is. I do miss the 2k version though.


He did extend it to 2013 though, so i can still hate on him. But you are right, i don't see it ending anytime soon.
 
2013-01-03 12:57:35 PM  

SilentStrider: You're right, he was terrible.

Someone should put a bounty on his head.


A bounty?! Are you NUTS?! We could all end up in the clinker for this!
 
2013-01-03 01:02:46 PM  

IAmRight: Gosling: Had the Seattle game been ruled correctly, the game would have ended up being meaningless to the Packers.

You have no idea what the score would've been if the game had been ruled correctly.

That call was not in the top 100 worst calls of this NFL season.


While I agree that it may not be the worst call considering the inadvertent whistles for Touch Downs, free time out, and utterly dumb roughing the passer penalties, it is certainly in the top 100.

/to be honest, I was angrier about the call on Mathews during that drive. Farking great defense was trumped by that awfulness. The calls after that just added to my enraged state.
 
2013-01-03 01:02:50 PM  

grinding_journalist: Hahaha the Chiefs are hiring Reid. Perfect.


THat's an extra-ordinarily good pickup for the Chiefs. I don't like the Eagles but you have to be crazy to hate on Reid. He brought that franchise to the Super Bowl and regular playoff performances in an extraordinarily tough division. And that's with QBs who frankly didn't measure up a lot of the time.
 
2013-01-03 01:02:58 PM  

IAmRight: You have no idea what the score would've been if the game had been ruled correctly.

That call was not in the top 100 worst calls of this NFL season.


Given that it was the last farking play of the game, I know EXACTLY what the final score would have been. The Packers would have beaten Seattle 12-7.

And to not even call that one of the worst 100 calls this season? That was quite possibly the SINGLE worst call in NFL history.
 
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