Ever since Roger Goodell became commissioner of the National Football League, he's made it his mission to leave his mark. Right from the start he instituted the NFL player conduct policy, also known as the Pacman Jones policy, as well as placing big "C"'s on the jerseys of the captains of the team, and even moving the Pro Bowl to Miami next season.
Goodell's latest ideas include upping the amount of regular season games to 17, and even moving the Super Bowl to London, England to be played President's Day weekend. Now, having a three day weekend would be nice for Super Bowl Sunday, but doesn't that mean the season wouldn't begin until October? Unless the Super Bowl teams want to have a month long bye instead of a week.
Also, with 17 games, that means that every team will either play with one more home game or one less. How are they going to decide which team to shaft? Then again, they already shaft at least one team with waste of time European game. Seriously, how much money does he think he can eek out of it in Europe? Does he have a deal with the Queen?
Feeling he hadn't made enough changes yet, he decided to move the Pro Bowl not only to Miami, but a week BEFORE the Super Bowl. Before the Super Bowl? What's next, is he going to make it mandatory that those elected to the Pro Bowl must play, including those players who will be playing in the Super Bowl the week after?
Has it occurred to him that the best players who get voted to the Pro Bowl end up in the Super Bowl, and therefore will have no interest in the Pro Bowl at all? Oh, and just so he could make another change, he declared the Pro Bowl will go back to Honolulu the next year. Then why even move it there in the first place? It's like presenting someone with a meal, letting them sniff it, and then taking it away.
It's kind of amazing how Goodell is planning all of these major changes, yet still can't seem to solve the simple ones, such as getting the NFL Network into more homes. Or is he more interested in England getting to see games?
As from the headline, you can tell where I think he wants to take the league. I can see him planning secret trips to the moon to construct a football field. And who knows, he might just move football from Sundays to a week night. Or he might not even have it on a designated day. He might just have games on every single day.
Now I know everyone in power wants to leave a legacy, and after Paul Tagliabue retired, he definitely had to strike quick to try to erase him. But there's a difference in change and improvement. You shouldn't change just because you can.
Goodell, leave the game alone. Sixteen games works. The Super Bowl the first week of February works. And if you move the Super Bowl to another country, you should be branded a traitor and forced to dress up in a redcoat for the rest of your life.