Snow Coming to Newport Beach Jan. 14th, 2009!
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Traveling Snow Job – er, Snow Show – will be arriving in Newport Beach CA on Jan. 14th, 2009. And, of course, even after major media coverage and objections by the majority of retired players and their families, it’s still a closed meeting. No spouses, no caregivers, no representatives and no media once again. However, traveling along with the Commissioner will be his lawyer, Harold Henderson, and probably a couple of his PR flaks to make sure no one misspeaks.
Guess this one’s just a sneaky way for the Commissioner’s crew to get a free all-expenses paid vacation to warmer weather in Southern California away from all that snow up in the chilly Northeast. Last time we looked, there wasn’t a football team in Newport Beach. Never mind the fact that the very players they’re supposed to be helping won’t be able to afford the trip in peak tourist season if they can’t pay for their medical bills. And this meeting’s going to be at 6:30 pm which means anyone coming down from LA will have to leave early to make their way through rush hour traffic if they want to make the meeting on time. GoogleMaps tells us that the drive from LA to Newport Beach is 43.7 miles – about 47 minutes each way (up to 2 hours 10 minutes in traffic). (Click on the Map to enlarge it.) Welcome to LA!
But somehow, we’re pretty sure that several members of Goodell’s “Alliance” will likely manage to attend; you would too if it meant all expenses were covered by the NFL for a trip to sunny, Southern California in mid-January.