NFL Bounties and HGH Explosion Has Created a State of Chaos

Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIMarch 5, 2012

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a league that is out of control now.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a league that is out of control now.

Folks, this just in. It's not 1994 anymore.

The good ol' days of watching players like Aikman and Emmitt, Joe Montana and Marcus Allen playing true football with the integrity and honor of the game in mind...yeah, those days are gone.

Enter 2012.

If you're not performing like you used to, or you're not quite the showstopper you were in college, you can always go for the HGH. Depending on who you ask, NFL players who are currently using can be anywhere from 10 to 30 percent, most likely higher.

Watching NFL games on Sundays are already starting to get bad enough. HGH use has gotten out of control. The NFL is sadly starting to remind us more of the XFL.

Players have formed a new culture within NFL locker rooms to find it acceptable to not only use the banned substance, but have others on board who are abiding by a code of silence to not say anything about what's happening.

NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith said on behalf of the players, "With all due respect to the folks at WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), who have told us that the standard against which our players will be measured is really none of our business and shouldn't concern us, how can it not be our business?"

Probably because the game isn't for the players, DeMaurice. It's for the fans.

This, mixed in with the fact that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell knows about the HGH use, has made the NFL about as fun to watch as two robots fighting each other on the SyFy channel.

What kind of culture will new NFL players be stepping into?
What kind of culture will new NFL players be stepping into?Joe Robbins/Getty Images

But now the news that NFL teams are assessing bounties for certain players has made the league downright barbaric and on the viewing level of "Bum Fights" on YouTube.

This can't be the type of message we want to send to children. Drug use in sports has spiraled out of control to a point where if someone doesn't act now, the arrogant players' union will defend HGH abusers, who are ruining their lives—and their family's lives.

In 2000, the NFL came down hard on players for any type of dancing and celebrating. The St. Louis Rams' popular "Bob-and-Weave" was outlawed, along with many other celebrations.

So the NFL is going to be concerned about players and fans having fun, but not about steroid abuse that is ruining lives? Roger Goodell needs to step up to the plate now, before he loses complete control.

If he remains silent on the bounty issue, it will be time for all the fans to march to the castle with pitchforks and torches.

For now, we can only hope that he ends up seeing the view of the fan. After all, maybe everyone in the NFL has forgotten that the fans made the game.