Ravens Roost

January 23, 2010 12:21 AM

An open letter to Roger Goddell

goodell.jpgDear Roge,
               I have to tell you as a fan of the NFL, that I haven't been all that enamored with you. I would have thought that coming up a young intern under the tutelage of Pete Rozelle you might have formed a better grasp of the game. Apparently that's not the case. If you haven't noticed the league has been getting bashed pretty severely lately, and that kind of reflects on you my friend. There are a few things that you just don't seem to understand, and luckily for you I'm here to clue you in on them.

For starters you seem to be content on being the "Fining Commissioner", and you've done quite a bit of that. But what you've let slip by is the integrity of the game. You know, the reason peolpe watch and follow the game. It's changed on your watch, and not for the better.

 You've allowed the Rules Committee to denigrate the game to the point that it's sometimes hard to tell it's still a contact sport. I know that the league wanted to see higher scoring games, as you think that's what attracts the most viewers but the offense now has far too many advantages over the defense. And quarterbacks, why they're not even allowed to be breathed upon. While your strategy to increase offensive production may sit well with the casual fan the real hard core fans of the game are starting to tune out. Many of them, myself included, think you are ruining the game.

How about having the league opening up a real venue to allow the fans to tell you what they think of your new rules. It might open your eyes, but I doubt you would even consider it. After all you don't seem to take criticism well.

I must say I was surprised how easy you were on Bill Belichick when the Patriots were caught filming their opponents. Gee, old Bill didn't even get so much as a wrist slap for that one. It must have simply been an oversight on your part because we all know that the league doesn't favor one team more then the others. You must have had an off day, or two, or three.

Another area you seem to totally ignore the complaints of the fan base is the officiating. For years you would send out the Head of NFL Officials Mike Pereira to downplay the blatant mistakes your referees constantly made, and are still making. But Pereira is stepping down, perhaps having grown tired of being a professional liar, to ride off into the sunset. As of yet no successor has been named but I'm sure you will find another used car salesman to take his place. 

I have to wonder if you actually watch the games, because if you did you would see that these old men are over matched by the speed of the game. It's not uncommon to see a ref call a foul from 40 yards away, as if he really has a good view of the situation. I could list all of the blown calls I've seen over the years but the volume of them would probably overwhelm the server here on this site. Yes Rodge, it's gotten that bad.

How about the NFL making these guys full time employees, giving them non stop training and peer review. Oh wait, what am I saying, that could cut into the $billions in revenue the NFL rakes in each year. We can't have that now can we.

Well, why not try another approach, one that would hardly cost you anything. Teach these imbeciles how to judge intent. When a players fingertips barely brush across the quarterbacks helmet as he's trying to swat the ball down that's not an intentional blow to the head. And when a players hand touches the quarterbacks leg, while the player is on his knees, that not a blow to the quarterbacks  knees, unless as in this case you are little Tommi Brady of those aforementioned Patriots. Also, when a receiver ducks his head when he knows he's going to be hit, and it causes the defender's helmet to bang into his that's not leading with the helmet on the part of the defender. But these old, slow, incompetent rejects you put on the field can't discern the difference. And what really gets me is you have the nerve to fine the players in these instances for the incompetence of the referee's. My God man, have you no sense of decency? Have you no shame?

Instead we hear things like you wanting to expand the league into Monterrey or Mexico City. Well, if you remember back in 2005 when the Cardinals and 49er's played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City the fans there burned numerous U.S. flags in the stands and outside of the stadium. Gee, maybe we could see that on a weekly basis if you get your way. And as far as playing regular season games in Europe, which couldn't support it's own football league the NFL set them up with, get off of it. When the Ravens have a "home" game somewhere over in Europe I expect you to set me up with free airline tickets, and accommodations for the trip. The people in Baltimore support the Ravens and the rest of the teams in the league. The people in Europe support soccer. I guess having to shut down NFL Europe just didn't sink into your head quite yet.

You could make a name for yourself in the annuls of NFL history if you would consider taking some of my suggestions to heart. But something tells me don't hold my breath waiting for it to happen. The balls on the goal line Roge, it's time to make a play.




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