For those of you that know me here on Bleacher Report, already know that normally I am easygoing, like to laugh and have a good time. I like to write articles that are informative and sometimes funny.
One of my favorite comedians is Dennis Miller, another Pittsburgh-area native who is as biased about politics as I am the Steelers. During his HBO show, Dennis used to end his show by going on a "rant."
This is not normally something that I like to do, but every once and a while, I read or see a story that simply burns me to the core. What has happened over the last few weeks with the NFL shows that Roger Goodell really has no business being in charge of discipline in the NFL. So here we go.
From the time I was a little kid, I have had a total fascination for football. Like most of the other kids I grew up with, I watched this game every Sunday in the fall and winter, and a passion grew in me that I thought would never die.
I watched "Mean" Joe Greene violently attack people, Jack Lambert pull his teeth out and body slam players and Mel Blount mug receivers like they were Paris Hilton on the streets of Detroit.
I watched a member of the Cleveland Browns almost take Terry Bradshaw's helmet off his head, with the chin strap buckled and Bradshaw's head still in it. I watched Lynn Swann take a WWE wrestling move against the Oakland Raiders that put him in the hospital and almost miss playing in the Super Bowl.
I watched Jack Youngblood play the Super Bowl with a broken leg.
I have no problem with this type of football—I actually prefer it. It is how the game was intended to be played. What do you think the players of the 1940s would say if they saw the padding players today wore today?
But Roger Goodell wants a nicer, safer version of the NFL. He wants a league that kids can look up to, that men can take their daughters to the game and one where the men that play show their feminine side by wearing pink accents through the month of October or November to support breasts.
Roger Goodell says that he will not tolerate players that embarrass the shield.
Because of that, Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season because two women accused him of showing them his masculine side.
Because of that, James Harrison was fined in excess of $100,000 for hitting players during the 2010 season. The same types of hits that the Steelers of the '70s would have been proud of.
Goodell preaches parity, that all teams are equal. Then Goodell needs to stop being the Fidel Castro of the NFL, and start making the punishments equal across the board.
If Ben Roethlisberger is suspended for four games for accusations, even though no charges were ever filed, how can Albert Haynesworth—who pleaded no contest to a charge of simple assault—not be punished, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter (h/t ESPN Boston), by the NFL?
This is not the first run-in with the NFL that Haynesworth has had. In 2006, Haynesworth removed the helmet of Dallas Cowboy Andre Gurode, the proceeded to stomp his head with his cleats, causing serious injury. He was like the Michael Flatley of the football field.
But that was on video, from about 45 different angles, and considering Gurode was a center, I guess he isn't as important as a "skills position player."
That is where Goodell takes aim at James Harrison. Now, I am not saying that Harrison is not a hard hitting player. No harder than the Detroit Lions' Ndamakong Suh.
In Suh's rookie season last year, in his first preseason game, he put a move on Jake Delhomme that would make Hulk Hogan blush. He grabbed his facemask, TWICE, held his head between his arms and slammed him to the ground like LeBron James would slam a basketball.
The fine? $7,500. Yes, $7,500. This was about a month after Suh signed a contract with over $40 million guaranteed. It is the same as fining you about 1/1000th of a penny.
So, in 2011, during the Lions' first preseason game, Suh does the same thing to the rookie QB of the Bengals, Andy Griffin, I mean Dalton. What was the fine this time? $20,000.
The reality is, Goodell wants to be the final word on penalties in the NFL. If he is going to do things like this, there is no way that he is ever going to have the respect of the players of the NFL. What Goodell is really showing is that he has a God complex, and that the NFL is going to do what he wants, when he wants and HE will be the Alpha and Omega of the punishments in the NFL.
If Goodell REALLY wants to protect the "Shield" of the NFL, then maybe he should go after the person that is most responsible for damaging the shield.
First, we had the lockout (how quickly we have all forgiven him for that). Now, we have Goodell favoring his beloved Patriots AGAIN. Did anyone else forget the slap on the wrist for Spygate?
Goodell, you want people to stop thinking you are evil, and the devil, stop acting like it. Start punishing players for what they actually do that hurts either the people that support the game, or the ones that play it. Go after the people with multiple convictions. Go after the players that get caught breaking the law.
STOP changing the rules to protect QBs. I saw Peyton Manning get slapped in the helmet and a 15-yard penalty called. I saw Tom Brady get bumped in the leg and jump up and down like he should be wearing his wife's Victoria Secret until he got a 15-yard penalty called.
Then Ben Roethlisberger gets punched in the face, nose broken and the referee says the defender was going for the ball.
Goodell is in the process of turning the NFL into a wimpy game. A game that the legends would be embarrassed to be a part of. Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Dick Butkus, Ronnie Lott, Greg Lloyd, Kevin Greene and many others would make fun of you like a high school kid that was stuffed in the trash can by the captain of the football team for telling the teacher he was talking to the prom queen.
See, Goodell, unlike God, you actually do have bosses. They are the owners of the 32 NFL teams. And even though they don't realize it, they have bosses too. The fans. We are the ones that pay the billions of dollars every year that line their pockets and pay for their stadiums. Eventually, we will get sick of it, and the owners will get sick of it too.
And you, Roger Goodell, will be the one on the outside looking in.
At least that's my opinion, and I could be wrong.