Roger Goodell: What Was He Thinking?

Alice MeikleCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks from the podium after the Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-23 against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

I posted in my blog about the Super Bowl going to London in the very near future, for a one night only hit-or-miss presentation.  It must have added fire to the popular amount of disgust of that idea. 

I'm taking no credit for what my article did to Commissioner Goodell's conscience.  Goodell has now changed his mind about the Super Bowl and, instead, said that a second regular season game will be played in Big Ben's city.

Commission Goodell, don’t you get it?

The two teams that were beaten over the head with a goal post to show up or relocate to London last season did not want to go.  In fact, they hated it.  

Goodell, maybe you should do some research in London. Take a double decker bus, interview the regular folks, and ask them if they care whether Ray Lewis runs down the Tunnel or breaks out his Gladiator antics.  Ask them if they care about how Santonio Holmes caught that clutch TD in the last Super Bowl.

The Europe experiment failed and cost its parent company.

Roger, please give up this nonsense about worldwide fans—football will always be popular here and abroad, as there is a fan living just about anywhere around the globe.  We will always find fans wearing NFL jerseys anywhere from South Africa to the moon.

But forcing American Football down the throats of Europeans and other people worldwide is a play that would have earned a fifteen yard penalty.  Remember, Roger, football is called "American Football" abroad, so let's go ahead and thank our friends across the pond and beyond for reminding us in a subtle way to keep it American.

What do you plan to gain from this latest marketing push? It's still not working for the fans or players.  However, my recommendation is to get Harrods Store to sponsor a stadium here, and we will decorate it as appropriately British, so the games in London could be played there. 

Until then, let's change the NFL to mean "No Football London"—and I am running off to get my fish and chips.