In 1818, Mary Shelley conjured Frankenstein.
In 1941, Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto masterminded the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Roger Goodell would have done well to learn a lesson from both of them.
Shelley created a monster. Yamamoto awakened a sleeping giant. And Goodell has done both by antagonizing Bill Belichick.
When Goodell fined the Patriots head coach—and allowed Belichick’s name to be dragged through the public mud—he got far more than he bargained for.
In the weeks since Videogate, Belichick has embarked on a vendetta against those who called his team cheaters—by offering no quarter in blowout after blowout of the Patriots' hapless opponents.
As it stands, the Pats are mounting an assault on the NFL offensive record books—all to prove that Belichick and Co. don't need video tapes to dominate all comers.
In so doing, Belichick is telling Mr. Goodell that he can take his fines and his punishments and stick them up his rear end.
Mr. Goodell, you have done like Mary Shelley—you have created a monster.
Mr. Goodell, you have done like Admiral Yamamoto—you have awakened a sleeping giant.
And Mr. Goodell, hopefully the board of governors of the NFL will see fit to reprimand you, and to rein you in, and maybe even to give you your pink slip.
Tomorrow wouldn't be soon enough.