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Personal Fouls Committed by NFL Teams – Penalties?

The big news of the day is Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland committed a stupid and in the real world, a fire-able offense. Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports broke the story that Ireland asked Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant (later drafted by Dallas) in his pre-draft interview if his mother was a prostitute.  Last time I checked, a question like this asked to a prospective employee is against EEOC guidelines and just plain stupid.

In the same pre-draft interviews conducted by NFL teams, Stanford RB Tobey Gerhart (later drafted by Minnesota) was asked if as a white running back, he felt “entitled.”

And what about last year, when Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable punched out one if his assistant coaches breaking his jaw? Cable was never charged, but was clearly exonerated by the league with little due-diligence done.

How is it that Ben Roethlisberger gets a 6-game suspension for stupid acts that he was never charged with? Plaxico Burress is in jail for shooting himself in the leg. Don’t even get me started on Pacman Jones.

Don’t get me wrong, I think all the players got what they deserved. But what is this double-standard? At what point does NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell start holding team executives, management, and coaches to the same standards. Bill Belichek cheated and got one game. C’mon Roger, it’s time to level the playing field. Ireland needs to be penalized…hard. Whoever made the comment to Gerhart needs to be called out. It’s time to “protect the shield” across the board.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Who Dat? The NFL Messing Things Up Again, Dat’s Who!

Who Dat?  The National Football League says, “WE DAT!”

There is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition on the famous battle cry of New Orleans’ faithful for their football team.  “Who dat” has endured the test of time, which includes substantially more losses than wins for the Saints.  It’s a cultural colloquialism that nobody outside the Gulf Coast cared about.

Until now.

The NFL, in it’s infinite wisdom, has sent out cease and desist orders to all New Orleans vendors who were printing “Who Dat” shirts 24/7 in the wake of the team’s first Super Bowl appearance.  The NFL says they own the phrase.  Really?  I didn’t think you could own a common phrase that has been used since at least the early 1970’s and started with a high school football team in New Orleans.  But wait.  There’s money to be gained and licensing to be had.  So in jumps NFL commissioner and phrase baron Roger Goodell to dispose of all those pesky entrepreneurs trying to horn in on their town’s success.  If anyone is going to make money on the Saints, it’s the National Football League!  The NFL says the Saints own it…which means revenue for the league.

This reeks of Creole’ Jambalaya gone bad.

The NFL never cared about the name before. Just like they never cared about Seattle’s “12th Man” until we started making waves as a franchise.  In a time where New Orleans should be reveling in the glory of their first Super Bowl in 41 years, the NFL is committing unsportsmanlike conduct. Heck, this even draws bipartisan support from the two congressional delegates in Louisiana who have thrown the red flag at the NFL and called on Goodell to reverse the call.  I wouldn’t hold my breath.

The NFL needs to realize that they are a business of the people.  This type of fatuous behavior always ends up making them look bad in the eyes of those who are in effect their clientele.  They still hold on to the belief that they are powerful enough to withstand anything from player strikes to Pro Bowl fiascos, and they may be right.  In the meantime, they come off looking foolish.

Who dat think they gonna beat those Saints?

The National Football League attorneys, dat’s who!

Read the Wall Street Journal article

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