Monday Armchair Quarterback Review
A quick note on this Monday morning just to let our readers know that there’s been a huge offline discussion among the retired players over the weekend regarding who can or can’t attend those meetings that Commissioner Goodell has been announcing in various NFL cities.
With all due respect to Stan and Jan Berenstain, this classic children’s book pretty much sums it up:
So in a complete turnaround, the NFL Alliance – a committee originally appointed by the recently departed Gene Upshaw and Commissioner Goodell – finally fessed up publicly that they had indeed set up secret side rules to exclude everyone else from their meetings with the Commish. Including spouses and caregivers, as well as representatives. (Read our earlier post from the weekend HERE.)
Several of the Alliance players have been backpedalling so quickly, we think they’re going to give Lance Armstrong a run for his money in the next Tour de France. Some of them are now even saying they meant “except the spouses – um, if maybe they’re pushing their husband’s wheelchair.”
Listen up: The year is now 2008. A black President was just elected. And women won the right to vote over a century ago. And you actually have people working for you in the NFL and NFLPA offices who never played football (men AND women) because you pay them to do stuff you don’t know how to do.
My take as a football dunce? Look – if you fumbled the ball in a stadium in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans, you simply call it a fumble and move on to the next play instead of pointing around to cover it up. We ALL saw the fumble – get over it.
And you don’t do that play again. Just my two cents worth from the sidelines…