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Marvel at the artistry and whatever of this week’s Sports Illustrated cover if you must, but this is really a picture of Roger Goodell’s office.

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Super Bowl XLVII Team Winning Coach and MVP Press Conference
Put down whatever you’re drinking. This is insane:

 

 

The next highest paid NFL executive was general counsel Jeff Pash, who made $8.6 million in 2011 according to Kaplan. To put Goodell’s hefty salary into context, Goodell made more than Kenny Chesney ($29.4m), Lady Gaga ($25.4m) and Lil Wayne ($23.2m) in 2011. Not sure if I want to live in a world where Goodell makes more than Lil Wayne.

Gary Bettman made $8 million in 2011. Bud Selig makes around $22 million and David Stern earns anywhere from $20 to $23 million. Rog trumps them all. The NFL, health problems and all, remains a juggernaut that cannot be stopped.

"You're dead to me."

Lost in the aftermath of the blown call heard round the world was a week in which coaches around the league snapped, and directed their venom at the least popular people in professional sports.

Bill Belichick grabbed an official after the Ravens game winning field goal, in search for an explanation as to why the kick counted – and the referees’ still beating heart, he wanted that too. In the same game John Harbaugh ‘bumped’ into a ref. According to Steve Wyche, Belichick will receive a fine for his actions while Harbaugh will avoid the wrath of Goodell, at least for now.

Meanwhile everyone’s favorite nepotastic offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was fined $25,000 for berating the referees after the Redskins loss on Sunday.

Here’s a thought – with all this added revenue generated by Roger Goodell and his minions at NFL HQ perhaps the gap between the owners and the locked out refs could be satiated. Last night we learned the league and referee union talked into the night with some of the more ‘hardline’ owners getting involved.

Though this is clearly a good sign, a lot of work has to be done. The gap between the owners and the union appears to be $3.3 million per season – the difference between a defined-benefit pension plan to a defined-contribution system, the latter of which is favored by the league.

Analysts around the NFL, including Ross Tucker, believe this could signal the beginning of the end for a debacle that has tarnished a league that was bullet proof. With another week of replacement officials working – I use that term loosely – the sidelines we’re bound to see more NFL coaches  lose their shit and rack up fines which can then be used to pay the refs. Though this may sound like the rantings of a crazed conspiracy theorist – you did this to me, Roger – it all makes sense.

It’ll be like a telethon, with the coach that pushes the NFL past their fundraising goal awarded with a large calzone. The smart money is on one of the Harbaughs.

So remember – the next time you’re thinking of donating to charity, send that check the NFL and their downtrodden owners. Every dollar counts. Read the rest of this entry »

On the NFL Network the other day Kurt Warner rated the top rookie Quarterbacks two weeks into the season. Robert Griffin was the obvious choice for the first spot, but the former Rams legend shocked many when he rated Ryan Tannehill ahead of Andrew Luck and Russ Wilson. Insert horrendously offside concussion joke here.

In terms of fantasy football, drafting rookies will always be an inexact science. RG3′s preseason projections have found the garbage bin while owners around the world are furiously googling Greg Zuerlein with reckless abandon. Every Wednesday we’ll take a look at the favorable and unfavorable match ups for rookies around the league. Read the rest of this entry »

Remember the offseason that just ended about a month ago, and that bounty thing in which Saints players allegedly paid each other money to do a thing that resulted in potential injuries to opposing players, most notably Brett Favre? Yeah, that’s still a thing, and today a three-member appeals panel issued their ruling on the appeal launched by the four players in question (Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove).

That’s when something shocking and unexpected happened. The panel ruled in favor of the players, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That means all of the suspensions are voided, and the players have been freed.

Vilma succinctly summarized the feelings of the group after their victory over sheriff Roger Goodell.

He then proceeded to plot his revenge on his evil twin brother that he became separated from in the womb after a spirited sperm laser battle.

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The ongoing drama between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is well documented. Goodell suspended Vilma for the entire season as part of the Saints bountygate scandal, and Vilma in turn sued Goodell for defamation of character. Then last week a U.S. district judge said “If I can find a way to legally do it, I will rule in Vilma’s favor”.

Now Vilma is dropping the hammer. He’s denying Goodell one of his basic rights as an American citizen: his right to gorge on as much delicious BBQ as possible.

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Earlier this week, the NFL allegedly offered a settlement, or at least offered to discuss a settlement with New Orleans Saints Linebacker Jonathan Vilma in regards to his defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell. Based on what transpired on Friday, maybe the league should have started discussing a settlement sooner.

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