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Crash
03-09-2011, 10:11 PM
Roger Goodell has a decision to make this week. Does he want to be a $10 million mouthpiece for NFL owners, or a difference-maker who rescues his employers from themselves?

It's one or the other. Because when it comes down to it, Goodell has a single job as commissioner of the world's most profitable sports league: Make the NFL trains run on time. If he can't do that, then it's time to find another conductor.

That's right, Goodell should resign immediately if this owners-created labor dispute becomes a living, breathing lockout by the end of Friday's federally mediated negotiating deadline. Once the owners press the nuclear lockout button, then Goodell must go.

Roger and out.

The NFL isn't broken. Or broke. It is a $9 billion industry that continues to grow as if it has an overactive pituitary gland. Other leagues put their heads on their pillows each night and dream of becoming the NFL.

Of course, Goodell and the owners want you to believe that the league's future is dangerously fragile, that a reconfigured collective bargaining agreement (conveniently reconfigured to the owners' specifications) is preventative medicine -- necessary and good for the health of the league. They can live with a lockout strategy because they're convinced it would be for the greater good of the league and its fans.

But what if they're wrong?

Goodell has been a master of repeating the company line even though the company line has more holes in it than a mesh game jersey. He and the owners have been banging that financial drum slowly and loudly since Goodell was elected commissioner on the fifth ballot in August 2006.

But forget about the company line for a moment. Here's the bottom line: The NFL generates more annual revenue than the NBA and NHL combined (with about $2 billion to spare). The NFL, which owns almost every meaningful record for most-watched television programming, can fall out of bed and get a 33 share. And according to Forbes magazine, each of the NFL's 32 franchises is listed among the world's 50 most valuable sports teams. Six of those franchises (the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets and Houston Texans) are ranked in the top 10.

Duh -- winning.

This is no mom-and-pop business, unless Pop is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the business is worth $1.65 billion. And, as The Wall Street Journal noted several months ago, the least valuable NFL franchise (the Oakland Raiders) is worth more than the Chicago Cubs or the Los Angeles Lakers.

So you can see why the players' union is reluctant to take a salary haircut. And if you can't see why it's reluctant, then you've been listening to Goodell for too long.

The players didn't create this crisis; the owners did. They're the ones who signed off on the last CBA in 2006. (Goodell, by the way, played a role in those negotiations.) At the time, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney gushed to The Associated Press, "We've got the best labor deal in sports."

But now they want a mulligan?

Anyway, whose fault is it if a franchise drafts poorly, plans poorly and spends poorly? And since when is it the players' responsibility to help bail out the lower-revenue franchises by taking less of their previously negotiated slice of the pie?

The owners want to make more money. Can't blame them for that. But until the owners can actually prove there's an electrical fire in the league's revenue wiring, then you can't blame the players for squeezing their wallets shut.

Goodell says no new stadiums have been built since 2006 -- the message being that owners can't afford the cost of new construction. But 21 new stadium projects were initiated and/or completed during the 17-year reign of Goodell's predecessor, Paul Tagliabue. And, in the past two seasons, new stadiums worth nearly $3 billion combined -- Cowboys Stadium and New Meadowlands Stadium -- have become operational on Goodell's watch. So it's not as if the bulk of the league's teams are playing in football Fenways.

Something has to give, preferably the stubbornness of the owners. That's where Goodell comes in -- or should.

Goodell is the son of a politician, so he was raised on the importance of compromise and consensus building. One way or the other, he has to herd 32 very rich and very entrenched cats through these negotiations. He has to convince them (and perhaps himself) that a lockout would be the dumbest idea since showing up for a Wonderlic test without a No. 2 pencil.

This is when we learn whether Goodell is worth his nearly $10 million in annual salary. The last thing these negotiations need is an owners' lap dog who yaps at all the wrong times and for all the wrong reasons. We know Goodell can hand down discipline and fines, but can he lead? Can he solve? Can he make the NFL's 2011 regular season run on time?

Years from now, nobody will particularly care how Goodell dealt with Spygate, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, helmet-to-helmet contact, Ines Sainz, Philadelphia snowstorms or Brett Favre. But everybody will remember whether he contributed to a lockout or prevented one.

RuthlessBurgher
03-09-2011, 10:29 PM
Years from now, nobody will particularly care how Goodell dealt with Spygate, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, helmet-to-helmet contact, Ines Sainz, Philadelphia snowstorms or Brett Favre. But everybody will remember whether he contributed to a lockout or prevented one.

Crash will go to his grave holding a grudge about this one.

Crash
03-09-2011, 10:30 PM
Years from now, nobody will particularly care how Goodell dealt with Spygate, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, helmet-to-helmet contact, Ines Sainz, Philadelphia snowstorms or Brett Favre. But everybody will remember whether he contributed to a lockout or prevented one.

Crash will go to his grave holding a grudge about this one.

Any person who believes in innocent until guilty should.

hawaiiansteel
03-09-2011, 10:39 PM
Roger Goodell is simply a puppet of the owners who presses whatever agenda the owners want.

http://www.pittsburghsportstavern.com/ArticlesGraphics/Jerry_Puppetmaster_Goodell.jpg

Crash
03-09-2011, 10:49 PM
Pretty much. He's garbage. This league is going down the toilet.

Hope they are happy. If they lockout I hope it at least goes through the draft, I want to see how Goodell handles the NY fans on draft night with a lockout.

Blockhead
03-09-2011, 10:51 PM
League is going down the toilet? :lol:

RuthlessBurgher
03-09-2011, 10:53 PM
Years from now, nobody will particularly care how Goodell dealt with Spygate, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, helmet-to-helmet contact, Ines Sainz, Philadelphia snowstorms or Brett Favre. But everybody will remember whether he contributed to a lockout or prevented one.

Crash will go to his grave holding a grudge about this one.

Any person who believes in innocent until guilty should.

I believe it was wrong, you believe it was wrong, but you need to get over it, man.

If you want to preoccupy your mind with injustices, then start thinking about genocide in Darfur rather than someone with a 9-figure contract not being allowed to play a d@mn game for a month.

Crash
03-09-2011, 10:54 PM
League is going down the toilet? :lol:

That's what the owners claim too. That's why this is going on. So again you trolling dolt, if you are going to bash me, bash the owners.

It's going down the toilet now in other ways because of Goodell's micro-management.

You don't have any idea now what hits will be flagged and what won't. When they flagged Ryan Clark for a hit below the shoulder blades that's all I needed to see.

Blockhead
03-09-2011, 10:57 PM
Years from now, nobody will particularly care how Goodell dealt with Spygate, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, helmet-to-helmet contact, Ines Sainz, Philadelphia snowstorms or Brett Favre. But everybody will remember whether he contributed to a lockout or prevented one.

Crash will go to his grave holding a grudge about this one.

Any person who believes in innocent until guilty should.

I believe it was wrong, you believe it was wrong, but you need to get over it, man.

If you want to preoccupy your mind with injustices, then start thinking about genocide in Darfur rather than someone with a 9-figure contract not being allowed to play a d@mn game for a month.

Nobody knows if it was wrong or not. The only thing we know is it couldn't be proven. Few doubt what Ben tried to do was wrong. Trying to bang a 20 year old chick in a college bar bathroom when you're in Ben's position isn't right no matter how you slice it.

He's lucky, for whatever reason, the act wasn't finalized and proveable or he's doing time and his life is OVER. Tequila wang may have saved his life. Certainly his brain didn't.

Crash
03-09-2011, 11:03 PM
Years from now, nobody will particularly care how Goodell dealt with Spygate, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, helmet-to-helmet contact, Ines Sainz, Philadelphia snowstorms or Brett Favre. But everybody will remember whether he contributed to a lockout or prevented one.

Crash will go to his grave holding a grudge about this one.

Any person who believes in innocent until guilty should.

I believe it was wrong, you believe it was wrong, but you need to get over it, man.

If you want to preoccupy your mind with injustices, then start thinking about genocide in Darfur rather than someone with a 9-figure contract not being allowed to play a d@mn game for a month.

Nobody knows if it was wrong or not. The only thing we know is it couldn't be proven. Few doubt what Ben tried to do was wrong. Trying to bang a 20 year old chick in a college bar bathroom when you're in Ben's position isn't right no matter how you slice it.

He's lucky, for whatever reason, the act wasn't finalized and proveable or he's doing time and his life is OVER. Tequila wang may have saved his life. Certainly his brain didn't.

You don't know what he tried to do. You weren't there.

In America, physical evidence is used to determine if rape sex occurred. Mr. Roethlisberger was accused of unprotected rape sex.

But amazing enough, NO BEN DNA was in the accuser.

If Ben penetrated her for 1 SECOND, he's on trial because his DNA would be in her and he denied it happened.

But all we got after Bright's political grandstanding was he admitting that he didn't even have probable cause for an arrest.

In a rape case? That's almost unheard of.

Blockhead
03-09-2011, 11:11 PM
You don't know what he tried to do. You weren't there.

In America, physical evidence is used to determine if rape sex occurred. Mr. Roethlisberger was accused of unprotected rape sex.

But amazing enough, NO BEN DNA was in the accuser.

If Ben penetrated her for 1 SECOND, he's on trial because his DNA would be in her and he denied it happened.

But all we got after Bright's political grandstanding was he admitting that he didn't even have probable cause for an arrest.

In a rape case? That's almost unheard of.
Link?

I know he didn't tell his bodyguard to block the hallway and go into a bathroom with her to play checkers.

Crash
03-09-2011, 11:19 PM
Link?

Read up on Bright's statement. Then read up on physical evidence.


I know he didn't tell his bodyguard to block the hallway and go into a bathroom with her to play checkers.

They blocked NOTHING. Miss DTF's friends were told how to get to the bathroom door, they refused to do so. This according to the club manager.

Miss DTF's friends also claimed she was "dragged down the hall way" by Ben's mean bodyguard.

But yet, it was Miss DTF herself who said "lets go to the bathroom".

My favorite part of the whole thing was her friends claiming that a bathroom door with no door knob or lock was somehow locked.

Funny how the stories don't mesh with facts huh?

:roll:

Blockhead
03-09-2011, 11:25 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5028720

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/1 ... 98912.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/15/ben-roethlisbergers-bodyg_n_498912.html)


Ben Roethlisberger's Bodyguards Blocked Bathroom Door: Witness


Accuser's friends reported Roethlisberger guards kept them away

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10105/10 ... z1GACTYMH0 (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10105/1050765-100.stm#ixzz1GACTYMH0)

Crash
03-09-2011, 11:29 PM
Accuser's friends reported Roethlisberger guards kept them away

Her friends also reported she was dragged down the hall.

That's 100% inaccurate.

Blockhead
03-09-2011, 11:30 PM
Accuser's friends reported Roethlisberger guards kept them away

Her friends also reported she was dragged down the hall.

That's 100% inaccurate.

I don't expect you to agree with anything negative about Ben, fact or not.

Crash
03-09-2011, 11:33 PM
Accuser's friends reported Roethlisberger guards kept them away

Her friends also reported she was dragged down the hall.

That's 100% inaccurate.

I don't expect you to agree with anything negative about Ben, fact or not.

What drug induced gibberish is that 43? The ACCUSER HERSELF said "Let's go to the bathroom".

THAT IS HER STATEMENT TO THE POLICE.

Which totally destroy's her friends claiming she was "dragged" back there.

Blockhead
03-09-2011, 11:36 PM
Accuser's friends reported Roethlisberger guards kept them away

Her friends also reported she was dragged down the hall.

That's 100% inaccurate.

I don't expect you to agree with anything negative about Ben, fact or not.

What drug induced gibberish is that 43? The ACCUSER HERSELF said "Let's go to the bathroom".
THAT IS HER STATEMENT TO THE POLICE.

Which totally destroy's her friends claiming she was "dragged" back there.
I wasn't referring to any one part of your statements. I was referring to the entire premise in general. So far, you've played legal expert and crime scene expert in this thread yet you readily admit you've never held a job IN YOUR LIFE.

There is no point in discussing anything Ben related with you. Even when presented with facts, you are incapable of agreeing or believing them.

Have a nice evening!

Crash
03-09-2011, 11:41 PM
So far, you've played legal expert and crime scene expert in this thread yet you've never held a job IN YOUR LIFE.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz............

Same old tired pot fueled crap.

Bright (who I believe is a "legal expert") said he didn't have probable cause for an arrest.

I'll let that speak for itself.

That's why the media ignores that statement.

They all got hoodwinked by drunken under-aged bar sluts. When the facts came out, in Bright's no probable cause statement, as well as the DVDs which like, showed like, Miss DTF like, being exposed like, for the liar like, that she was like, all of the sudden the media wanted to "move on".

The only people who bring up the Ben case now? Are media hacks who still report the same BS from the first two weeks of the investigation.

BFD.

Blockhead
03-09-2011, 11:44 PM
So far, you've played legal expert and crime scene expert in this thread yet you've never held a job IN YOUR LIFE.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz............

Same old tired pot fueled crap.

Bright (who I believe is a "legal expert") said he didn't have probable cause for an arrest.

I'll let that speak for itself.

That's why the media ignores that statement.

They all got hoodwinked by drunken under-aged bar sluts. When the facts came out, in Bright's no probable cause statement, as well as the DVDs which like, showed like, Miss DTF like, being exposed like, for the liar like, that she was like, all of the sudden the media wanted to "move on".

The only people who bring up the Ben case now? Are media hacks who still report the same BS from the first two weeks of the investigation.

BFD.http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=532

Crash
03-09-2011, 11:55 PM
You want to get personal? I will too 43.

You aren't wanted here. We both know that.

Bye now.

Blockhead
03-10-2011, 12:16 AM
I was unaware you ran this site and made the decisions on who posts here?

Judging by what I have read, you're not exactly the epitome of popularity.

Crash
03-10-2011, 12:37 AM
Tequila wang may have saved his life. Certainly his brain didn't.

"If he did ejaculate and evidence was found, he's going away when you combine that with the state of the woman, the bodyguard, the bathroom, etc. Tequila d*ck may have saved him prison time"

-Steelers43 on SN January 30 2011

Amazing how you and Steelers43 both said the same thing on two different boards.

Games up dummy.

Blockhead
03-10-2011, 12:46 AM
What does it matter who I am or not? Message boards are anonymous. I have broken no board rules but you have broken multiple board rules in this thread alone.

You post under several names including GuySmiley7, Crash and whatever name(s) you are using to access stillernation.

Why don't you stay on your own site since you are so popular? Is that because it gets less than 5 posts a day that you can't stay there? :lol:

Clearly, you aren't as popular as you seem to think. The ratings to your website are non-existent, under a 5 on a scale of 1-100 as far as website grading goes.

hawaiiansteel
03-10-2011, 01:13 AM
Amazing how you and Steelers43 both said the same thing on two different boards.



must be that great minds think alike... :D

Oviedo
03-10-2011, 09:09 AM
He's a witch, burn him!!!!!!