In an earlier post, Darren mentioned that the commissioner deserved some applause for allowing Sean Payton and company to take in the Saints game from a suite in the Superdome last night. Mark this down as the first time Darren and I disagree. However, I’m sure there will be many more instances going forward.
Commissioner Roger Goodell should not have made any exceptions for last night’s game. Either the offending parties are suspended, or they are not.
This isn’t the first time Goodell has started to cave regarding the Saints unprecedented suspensions. The commissioner previously granted Payton permission to attend Willie Roaf’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and during week 3 allowed Gregg Williams to see his son coach for the Rams in their game against the Seahawks.
The NFL says, “No.” That’s not the case. There is a rumor circulating that the NFL may reduce Jonathon Vilma’s year long suspension to just 8 games.
“Today’s report about a settlement offer by the league to Jonathan Vilma is completely inaccurate,” the league said in a statement. ”No such settlement offer has been made. We will continue to respect the court proceedings on this matter and have no further comment at this time.”
Lets hope Vilma’s suspension stands. Why do I say this? It’s not because I dislike the Saints. In fact, over the last several years, I’ve become an honorary member of “who dat nation.” Having Drew Brees perennially on your fantasy team will do that. So why the hate here? I dislike seeing unnecessary lawsuits, in general. If Vilma played the role in the bounty scandal which has been reported — then he deserves to be gone for all of 2012. If he is butt-hurt that Goodell called him out, he should be able to let it roll off his shoulders.
Today must be the calm before the storm. How can day 1 of Super Bowl week be so slow? No quotable or notable mess ups. No players getting hookers. Things can only get more interesting from here.
I watched the 60 Minutes from Sunday earlier. There was a piece on Roger Goodell which focused on the runaway success of the league. One question remains unanswered for me. What’s the deal with the Goodell graphic?
There’s no way be posed for that, right? So that means CBS News pasted Goodell’s mug on some stock photo of a guy doing the Superman. It just seems odd.