When I started writing this blog there was one thing I told myself I would not do and that is use it as a venue to gripe, complain, whine, and bad-mouth anyone and everyone. Personally, I think that would be taking the easy way out with writing and not too entertaining to read. If that is what you want I don't plan on ever giving it to you hear (May I suggest reading anything of a political nature? They always seem to be griping and complaining about something).
However, when extreme cases come up I feel that it is my duty as your Indianapolis Colts blogger to say my piece.
Roger Goodell needs to stop talking so much. Recently, the man said that if the Colts did not suspend new game day consultant Jim Tressel for six games that he would have.
When I heard that I took a pause and then read over the article again. I stopped and thought to myself, "Why say that? What purpose is he trying to serve?"
Nothing came to mind at first. The Colts already took care of business. Since it was one of their employees and not a league one I don't really see where Goodell comes into play anyway.
So Tressel messed up while at OSU. He paid his price--he lost his job; a really good one where he would have to royally screw up in order to lose it (which he did). He could have easily been set for the rest of his career, but now he'll need to find work elsewhere.
So what purpose is Goodell serving? His own.
Goodell really took the brunt of the negativity towards the owners as the face of their part of the labor negotiations. It almost seemed like some guys went out of their way to bad-mouth the guy. I could see where he might feel a little emasculated and in need of reasserting himself.
Saying that he would have suspended Tressel does not accomplish that. It makes him look like that little boy on the playground that wasn't picked to play so he takes the ball and runs.
Roger, you are going to have plenty to do this season. Relax, quite trying to assert your authority and just do your job. No one wants to hear from you unless there actually is something important for you to do. Laying low for a bit and staying out of the limelight unless necessary will go along way to improving you image.
For now, your like the kid that got to sit at the grown up table during Thanksgiving Dinner--seen, but not heard.
Okay, there, I'm done. No more complaining.