Was August 7th 2006 the apex of the NFL's popularity and the last day of it's perceived honorable existence?
You see Roger Goodell was named the new Commissioner of the NFL on August 8th and every imaginable form of shady dealing or game fixing has occurred since then, apparently with the blessing of an out of sync Commissioner.
OK so let's review:
1. Bill Belichick was caught fixing Super Bowls.
1a. It doesn't matter, if you drugged the horse, your done racing. Mr. Goodell doesn't see it that way. Bilking the entire world out of a fair and competitive competition, changing the out come and effecting the flow of Trillions of dollars of advertising revenue worldwide and Billions of dollars directly lost or won by the public. Mr. Goodell thinks a small fine should cover the tab.
2. Inability to fix punishment for specific violations: on again, off again suspension of Michael Vick.
2a. Not to put too fine a point on it, but doesn't consistently failing to make fair and competent evaluations of rule violations problematic? Then adding to the chaos, failing to assess an equitable and timely penalty actually inflict more damage to the NFL than the original violation?
3. Holding the threat of a lockout over the American public by not honestly addressing the 2010 NFLPA contract.
3a. Honestly the Owners of NFL Teams better get a new Commissioner before Roger actually locks out the players and they lose both gate and television revenue. Let's also consider Major League Baseball just hoping they have an opportunity to regain a competitive advantage again.
4. Tuck Rule, Un-Tuck Rule?
4a. Seriously, for nearly 50 years the End-Zone has been Sacred. If a player broke the front of the goal line it didn't matter if he fumbled the ball or if it went out of the back of the end zone or both, he scored.
The rule clearly states the player must come down with the ball in control for it to be a complete pass. Same rule applies in the center of the end zone or on the edge of the sideline. When Louis Murphy's second foot touched the ground the play was over. He came down in the end zone with the pass, touchdown. Anything that happened after the play was over doesn't count. If he had been bobbling the ball when his feet came down the play would have continued on until the ball touched, and then it would be determined if he was or wasn't in control.
If the rule was enforced as they interpreted it on Monday night, any player leaving the end zone after a catch would not score.
In conclusion, what needs to happen? The owners need to accept the unexpected resignation of Roger Goodell because he wishes to pursue other options.
The players contract needs to be addressed before Baseball is America's Pastime.
Fines and suspensions of Referees for making gross misinterpretations need to be publicly announced to ensure professional integrity of them and the game itself.