Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bountyg---...

In light of a previous posting criticizing the use of the suffix "-gate" to characterize any scandal, I refuse to use it here as well, instead, choosing to obscure it as if it were an obscenity. -- J.L.

So the esteemed Emperor Roger I of the NATIONAL. FOOTBALL. LEAGUE. has determined that the New Orleans Saints should be deeply punished for their role in "Bountyg---", which consisted of rewarding players for intentionally injuring opponents during games.  

And I am torn about the whole thing...

Yesterday, I railed against King Roger's authoritarian reign in the NFL when he handed down "penalties" against the Cowboys and Redskins for "violating" the "rule" against spending a lot of money when there were no such limits.  I wrote that someone needs to stand up to Chairman Roger now, lest he simply unilaterally imposes whatever rules he wants at any given point.  

On the other hand...

Safety and the security of the product are important.  You can't have teams with organized systems devised with the express purpose of paying cash for knocking opponents out of a game.  Yes, I get it - injuries happen, but at the same time deliberately injuring a player with the expectation of getting an envelope filled with small bills cannot be tolerated.  And so I applaud the punishments meted out by His Majesty.

To an extent...

I guess what we have here is Kaiser Roger merely being a stopped clock.  If he's right that he had been lied to, then heads need to roll.  However, justice feels hollow right now, because of all the other nonsense that is being done in the name of the 'good of the NFL' emanating from the office of Tsar Roger.

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