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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD-PART IV-CONCLUSION

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
PART IV-Conclusion
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!
Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970’s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing as little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.
REALIGNMENT
Commissioner Goodell might want to change the face of the National Football League. Realignment has not been done since 2002. Teams are currently in divisions that are geographical incorrect. The NFL state that they want to cut down on travel, gas, and time. The West coastal teams are at a disadvantage.
Last year the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers were the most traveled teams. Conversations continue to return the Seahawks to the American Football Conference WEST. This will be the third time that Seattle moves to another conference.
First, The realignment of the six current divisions by putting teams the current teams in their proper geographical regions, which could transform each division competitively. The New England Patriots have won the AFC EAST Division 12 of 14 years. WHY? Because no team in that division can challenge the red, white and blue Pats. The infusion of the Baltimore Ravens into the AFC East Division would create that competition.
The League should explain why the Indianapolis Colts are in the AFC SOUTH Division. The Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titians are current members. The Colts are nowhere near their competitors. While the Miami Dolphins are in the AFC East Division with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots almost one thousand miles away.
Next question, why are the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC NORTH Division with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns? These teams are a train ride away from each other. The Ravens are the odd man out.
Anybody with common sense would put the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC North Division, the Miami Dolphins in the AFC South and the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC East. But what do I know after fifty years of watching football?
In the National Football Conference The Dallas Cowboys do not belong in the NFC EAST, and The St. Louis Rams do not belong in the NFC WEST. The Cowboys should move to the NFC South and the Rams should move to NFC East. The NFL still envisions a team in Los Angeles this would fill that vacant spot in the NFC West with an expansion team.
These moves would save MONEY, TIME, and GAS. This would also create competitive divisions and fresh new rivalries.
It will not happen anytime soon because of the veto power of two powerful team owners. The power brokers to realignment are The Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. These owners do not want to give up their historical divisional rivals.
IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!!
THE WASHINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB
Second, The NFL needs to address the name of the Washington Football Club, as an African American-Native American. I feel the pain that Native Americans who watch this team on the field. Washington owner Dan Snyder will not budge with his position. The only way this name will change is a national fan boycott of Washington Football gear and massive lawsuit against the National Football League. Mr. Goodell has waffled on this position over the last three years.
Maybe if Congress removes NFL’s tax exempt statutes, which might change some owners, mind.
If Commissioner Goodell truly wants racial harmony, the league changing the name would be the correct move. This would end one of the most racist names in the United States.
THE BRAND
Third, The Commissioner has promoted the brand and has garnered large television contracts with four different networks. Mr. Goodell and the owners created an NFL network in 2012.
This man has promoted Thursday night games at the detriment of the player’s health. Thursday Night games need to end but the advertisers and promoters are not going to hear that.
Last question where is DeMaurice Smith? The Players Union seems to be in limbo. Smith has not spoken since the Union agreement with the National Football League.
Mr. Goodell has shown THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY in administering the National Football League the past ten years.
In Conclusion the National Football League could be on the path of disintegration and turmoil if Mr. Goodell will not control certain owners and limit gambling.
Football fans are not happy with the recent events of the playoff shenanigans.
There is a dark cloud over this sport, a sport as a child I loved.
Post Script:- When will the National Football League invite Minority ownership
Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD-PART III

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
PART III
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!
Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970’s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.
The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 on one of the most usual plays of the 2015 Super Bowl. The question the football fans need to ask, is should the New England Patriots been on the field? Also the next question, how can the commissioner of the league allow cheaters to win?
The 2014-15 Super Bowl, The American Football Conference, and The Deflate Gate Playoffs will haunt this commissioner because football fans felt Mr. Goodell did not do enough to punish the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
This man’s motto was to protect THE SHIELD. This motto rings hollow. That was Roger Goodell’s stance when he entered the office of commissioner nine years ago.
The only difference between the two commissioners, one wants to be the Sheriff while the other commissioner just wanted to be with the good old boys and hang out in the bleachers.
Mr. Goodell moved into the office after Paul Taglibue retired on August 8, 2006. The National Football League has never been the same. It took five rounds of voting after a very contentious owners meeting in 2006 with the Oakland Raiders abstaining. (Al Davis being Al Davis AGAIN).
The National Football League may be following the path of Major League Baseball. MLB was America’s past-time and it stayed that way until 1986. The steroid area brought this great game to its knees. MLB has fallen into fourth place in the major sports behind the National Hockey League.
The National Football League may be following MLB’s footsteps demonization African American players. This could be the roadmap to disaster because there are more African American football fans than baseball fans.
THE GOOD-
The Commissioner gets brownie points for his work on the 2011 lockout. Prior to the start of the 2011 NFL season, Goodell worked with NFL owners and the (NFLPA) National Football League Players Association on settling the NFL lockout which ran from March 11 to August 5. During the lockout, at the request of some NFL teams, he held conference calls with season ticket holders where he discussed the collective bargaining agreement and conducted question-and-answer sessions on various NFL topics.
His actions taken with the New Orleans Saints Bounty gate scandal should be commended
In New Orleans in 2012 the SHERIFF threw the book at the Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. On March 21, 2012, Williams was suspended from the NFL as a result of his (admitted) involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Bounties were paid for causing injuries that would take targeted players on opponent teams out of games.

Williams was suspended indefinitely because he was messing with the product. Williams directed Saints players to hurt stars in the league and that cannot happen. Goodell threw down the hammer. It was the only time Goodell handed out lengthy suspensions to Caucasian members of the National Football League.

The Commissioner was particularly angered that those involved in the program lied about it during two separate league investigations of the program.

CONCUSSIONS AND NFL
The League has finally addressed the issues of concussions. The League and Goodell might adopt the new helmet made by Riddell in the next season.
These are a few examples how the NFL could change the culture of concussions
• better enforcement of rules against helmet-to-helmet contact (such as the new rule passed just this week by the NFHS banning “targeting” and hits on “defenseless players”);
• encouraging players to strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles so as to better withstand the rotational forces that are primarily responsible for concussions;
• taking common sense steps to reduce the number of sub-concussive hits players sustain;
• doing more to educate players, coaches, and parents about the signs and symptoms of concussion and the dangers posed by continuing to play with symptoms;
• working to overcome the “culture of resistance” to reporting concussions by creating a safe reporting environment;
• ensuring that athletic trainers are on the sideline at every game and practice to identify potentially concussed athletes as quickly as possible and removing them from play for a sideline assessment and barring their return if concussion is suspected;
• more conservative management of concussion (including a period of near-strict cognitive and physical rest in the first few days after concussion); by
• gradually returning concussed athletes to the classroom and to sports; and
• recommending retirement when the risks of long-term injury outweigh the benefits of continued participation.

Read more: http://www.momsteam.com/health-safety/football-helmets-reduce-concussion-risk-study-says?page=0%2C2#ixzz3RV5qOnv5
The company announced the release of a new football helmet called SpeedFlex. It is the latest advancement to follow major helmet releases by Riddell in the last decade – including the Revolution Speed (2008), and Riddell 360 (2012) – and is designed to reduce the impact of head-to-head collisions so dangerous in America’s favorite sport.
The ball is in Roger Goodell’s court. The Retired Players Union won a lawsuit on the grounds that concussion syndrome causes disabilities, mental problems, and early death.

With each passing year mothers are directing their young boys to play the game of futbol (soccer).

The NFL has to come to terms with these hard facts.

Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files, Momstream.com
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD-PART II

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
PART II
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!
Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970’s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing as little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.
THE BAD
2012 The Referee Lockout
By June 2012, the league and the NFL Referees Association had not yet come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, thus failing to resolve a labor dispute. Accordingly, the NFL locked out the regular NFL game officials, and opened the 2012 season with replacement referees.
The replacement officials consisted of low-level college and high school officials. None were Division I college referees at the time since the league wanted to protect them from union backlash and let them continue working their scheduled games during the concurrent college football season. In addition, many of the top Division I conferences barred their officials from becoming replacements anyway because they employed current and former NFL referees as officiating supervisors.
Despite Goodell stating during the preseason that he believed that the replacement officials will “do a credible job”, the inexperience of the replacement referees generated criticism by writers and players. Referencing Goodell’s aforementioned other actions as commissioner, the NFLPA issued a letter after Week 2 to the owners to end the dispute.
It did not end until the Monday Night Game in Green Bay when the Packers played the Seattle Seahawks. The game ended on a Russell Wilson Hail Mary pass to the end-zone to wide receiver Golden Tate. A funny thing happened at the end of this play. Tate and Green Bay defensemen Jennings fell to the ground with the ball in both players’ arms.
By rule simultaneous possession goes to the receiver. However, if the defense first secures control of the ball, the offense cannot get simultaneous possession merely by jointly possessing the ball; the offense must then fully secure it in its own right before getting a catch ruling.
It happened so quickly the part-time officials did not see it; one signaled a touchdown the other an incomplete pass. The play was reviewed upstairs with the replay official ruling a Seattle Seahawk touchdown.
What they don’t tell you is that the betting line was affected on that play. The Packers were 3 1/2 point favorites, and would have covered the spread if it was ruled an interception. All hell broke loose in Las Vegas as millions swung the other way. We are talking 250 million dollars.
This had to end quickly.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and his second-in-command Ray Anderson made the fatal assumption that the veteran officials were just replaceable cogs in the machinery of the NFL. Anderson admitted that the quality of the officiating would be less than the locked out officials, but it wouldn’t be much of a difference. It was rationalized that the union officials make mistakes, too.
The only thing that was decisive on this play was the league’s determination to settle the collective bargaining agreement before another game was played. Within two days a deal was reached, returning the officials to the field in less than a day.

Gambling will always be part of the NFL but there is a dark side to this and The Commissioner better keep control of it or we could be seeing more strange events on the field.

Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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ROGER GOODELL IS THE NEW UNCLE BUD

Roger Goodell Is The New Uncle Bud (Selig)
Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
PART I
The Sheriff Roger Goodell rode into town on his big black stallion, waving his powerful sword carrying the red, white, and blue National Football League shield. IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!

Hope you remember the old spaghetti (Italian) western movies of the late 1970′s with Clint Eastwood. “THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY”. The following articles will proceed in reverse THE UGLY, THE BAD, and last THE GOOD.
Mr. Roger Goodell may have taken classes from the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, doing little as possible to placate the owners. Many have questioned the commissioner’s decisions the past nine years and the League might have to pay for those administrative decisions.

THE UGLY
The Sheriff laid down the law in April 2007, the first year in office with the new Personal Conduct Policies. The law and order commissioner’s first player hit under the new policy was Tennessee Titian, corner, Adam “Pacman” Jones as he “made it rain” tossing money at strip girls in a Las Vegas after the 2007 NBA All Star Game.
The second, Terry “Tank” Johnson suspended for alleged weapons possession and vehicular speeding two months later.
Then came the big one that football fans took notice of the change in the league and how Mr. Goodell handed out justice. Michael Vick quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons suspension created a firestorm because the Commissioner suspended Vick without one piece of evidence. The question was not whether Vick was guilty or not. It was the new NFL policy and how it was enforced individuals questioned.
African Americans bore the brunt of this new policy, guilty or not.
When a Caucasian player committed an alleged crime Goodell and the NFL officials took their time and weighed all the evidence but when an African American committed the same alleged crime the suspension was immediate and stern. Guilty until proven innocent.
The punishment for African Americans, was severe while for white players it was a slap on the wrist. What bothered many players was that the current commissioner was judge, jury, and executioner.
This man dispensed discipline willy-nilly with no prior criteria. All Pro defenseman Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu made it clear that Goodell had too much power and control over the disciple polices and it needed to be changed.

On September 13, 2007, Goodell disciplined the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick after New England attempted to videotape the defensive signals of the New York Jets on September 9. Belichick was fined the league maximum of $500,000 and the team itself was fined US$250,000 and the loss of their first round 2008 draft pick. Goodell came down hard on the Patriots because he felt Belichick’s authority over football operations (Belichick is effectively the Patriots’ general manager as well as head coach) was such that his decisions were “properly attributed” to the Patriots as well. Goodell said he considered suspending Belichick, but decided against it because he felt fining them and stripping them of a draft pick were “more effective” than a suspension.
This was the commissioner’s first major mistake because the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick would break the rules again nine years later.
Roger Goodell dragged his feet for the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Ron Irsay. Mr. Irsay was detained by the police for alleged DUI in Carmel, Ind. They found prescription drugs and a suitcase full of money in his automobile. It took the League and The Commissioner nine months to take any action.
This has been the Modest Operandi for this commissioner when it comes to the reprimands and suspensions of Caucasian personnel in the National Football League.
The only exception was when
The Commissioners finally laid down the law with the New Orleans Saints Bounty Gate Scandal. He should be commended because it was the first time the office stood its ground, not because of the infraction but because the Saints administration did not tell the league office the truth.colston_saints
In New Orleans in 2012 the SHERIFF threw the book at the Saints at Head Coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. On March 21, 2012, Williams was suspended from the NFL as a result of his (admitted) involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Bounties were paid for causing injuries that would take targeted players on opponent teams out of games.

Williams was suspended indefinitely because he was messing with the product. Williams directed Saints players to hurt stars in the league and that cannot happen. Goodell threw down the hammer. It was the only time Goodell handed out lengthy suspensions to Caucasian members of the National Football League.

The Commissioner was particularly angered that those involved in the program lied about it during two separate league investigations of the program.

Two years ago Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Riley “I will fight every N***** here” Cooper stated these words. He was trying to go backstage at a concert in Philadelphia. A Black security guard would not let him pass. The Philadelphia Eagles fined and suspended him for one game but the league did nothing.
The League had instituted a language policy a few months earlier which was a 15 yard penalty for using the N-word.
While the League uses one of the most despicable and racist words in America when it pertains to the Washington Football Club. The Language penalty was resented.
The Sheriff never showed up.
Next Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s and Green Bay Packer Britt Favre’s alleged sexual misconduct were never addressed and both quarterbacks received light sentences. Both players were given passes while the investigations continued. Both players never received the wrath or venom that African American players received when breaking the same laws.
The racial games continued with Jacksonville wide receiver Jaguar Matt Jones On July 10, 2008 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jones was arrested at gunpoint and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.
Jones and one other former Arkansas football player, Jared Hicks, were inside a vehicle that was searched by police. The police found a plastic bag filled with six grams of a white substance that tested positive as cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue. Officers questioned Jones and he acknowledged the white powder was in fact cocaine, the report said.
Matt’s father made a statement that Matt was not in possession of any drugs but was in the vehicle that had the drugs.
Matt Jones did not spend a day in jail.
The NFL suspended Jones for three weeks for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was in the lineup for Week 8, pending an appeal. On December 9, 2008, the NFL upheld Jones’ three-game suspension which caused him to miss the rest of the season.
Jones played three more games while the league investigated the charges. The Double Standard raised its ugly head.
Next The Commissioner wanted to stop players leading tackles with their helmets but here again he picked and chose which player would be fined. Goodell released a memo to every team in the league stating that, “It is clear to me that further action is required to emphasize the importance of teaching safe and controlled techniques and of playing within the rules”.
Mr. Goodell forgot one thing, RACE. It seems that All Pro middle linebacker of the Green Bay Packers, Clay Matthews can tackle anybody in anyway. Early this season Matthews hit San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of bounds with a flying tackle. Matthew’s elbow hit the chin of Kaepernick causing a slight concussion. Matthews led with his helmet something The Commissioner had stressed players not to do before the season started. NO FLAG, NO DISCIPLINE.
Matthews committed the infraction again in the NFL playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson threw an interception in the second quarter and Matthews went head hunting when the Packers received the ball. When Matthews launched himself through the air to tackle Wilson, he missed!!!! AGAIN, Matthews led with his helmet. He missed because Number 3 with his baseball skills sled under Matthews avoiding a certain concussion. AGAIN NO FLAG, NO DISCIPLINE.

The breaking point for African American football fans happened was the way the league handled or mishandled the Ray Rice- Baltimore Raven running back and Adrian Peterson-Minnesota Viking running back, abuse cases. The Commissioner threw the book at both of them but not before a second bite at the judicial apple.
The League and Goodell ignored the abuse problem until they were put on Front Street by TMZ, The Television Magazine show. Four teams had multiple cases of spousal abuse this year and the league did not say a word, the game happened to be more important than female lives.
Special thanks to Football Zebras, Wikipedia, BASN Files
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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N. F. L. No Fan League

N. F. L. – No Fan League
Gary Norris Gray-BASN Staff Reporter
I’m no longer a fan of the National Football League. It was a 50 year journey but it might have come to an abrupt end this past weekend with Super Bowl 49. It ended with the New England Patriots beating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. It ended with one of the strangest calls in Super Bowl History. It came to an end when the league not enforcing its own league rules. Until they clean up or fix the following problems this fan will not root for any team, spend time watching games or spend money on the National Football League…This reporter will do his job and report on games and players for the Black Athletes Sports Network, that’s it.
Just as this fan 15 years ago dropped Major League Baseball for denying their steroid problems and the decline in African American participation on the diamond.
This league continues to discourage talented Black quarterback’s, there are currently six starting quarterbacks out of thirty two teams. The League continues to muffle the voices of strong Black males like running back MarShawn Lynch and defensive corner back Richard Sherman.
To the point that it causes a head coach to think twice about what would have been a game ending scoring play. Coach Pete Carroll and the NFL did not want MarShawn Lynch to be the MVP. It cost the Seahawks a Super Bowl Victory.
That call for LYNCH not to be MVP was done before the game started. They did not want to have him in a post game interview saying “I’m just here not to get fined” it would hurt the image of the shield!! Really, the shield is already damaged.
Writer and author David Zirin states that
The theory goes something like this. Russell Wilson is your young clean-cut God-fearing media-perfect quarterback. If one was creating a superstar face to market for the twenty-first century, chances are they would look, sound and basically be Russell Wilson. He’s Derek Jeter with a Bible, your “biracial angel” of our times. Marshawn Lynch is… Marshawn Lynch, and if you haven’t figured out what that means after the past two weeks, then you haven’t been paying attention.
The theory goes that there were major financial, public relations and football reasons for Russell Wilson and not Lynch to be the one who ends the game in glory. If he throws that touchdown for the victory, Wilson is almost certainly the Super Bowl MVP. He gets the commercial. He gets to stand with the commissioner. And oh, by the way, he also gets his new contract, one that will fasten his prime, at only 26 years old, to the Seattle franchise. Marshawn Lynch is also due a new contract. Marshawn Lynch, had he punched that ball over the goal line, would get to be the one handed the MVP trophy. Marshawn Lynch maybe gets on the mic to say Lord knows what.
The league discourages economic disadvantaged fans to attend their games because they are pricing tickets out of their range. This year’s Super Bowl tickets were in the range from five thousand to eight thousand dollars.
FOR ONE GAME!!!!
The league should have punished this repeat offender from Spy gate-days, Belichick and the New England Patriots should have been banned from the Super Bowl to instill the power of the NFL. The League should have done this too warn this organization that the next time you will be thrown out of the league. The League needed to bench Mr. Belichick at the least four games or put him on probation/fined and suspended indefinitely. Last the league should take a few first round draft choices as an insurance policy that this organization would never do it again.
It will not happen because of the old boy network; Mr. Robert Kraft and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are best friends.
I’m done with this league because Glendale, Arizona paid $300 million for the new Phoenix Stadium. The same thing could happen to Oakland California with their problems building a new Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.
The Arizona city’s debt is now four times the national median, 40% solely for sports complexes. Glendale’s budget crisis is so dire half of the city’s teachers, firefighters, and police were threatened with layoffs–but were saved by a permanent 10% sales tax on residents. This is the Super Bowl scandal you didn’t hear about.
Watch out Santa Clara!!!! Watch out!!!! The home of the next Super Bowl.
The National Football League went into gutter mood with Super Bowl 49. It went into the gutter because The United States of American cheers for a team of (alleged) cheaters. The New England Patriots should have been punished before this Super Bowl. Repeat offenders need to be punished. The league wanted to play politics rather then play football.
The NCAA and the NFL needs to stop permitting head coaches like Lane Kiffin (USC)-Oakland Raiders, Pete Carroll (USC)-Seattle Seahawks, and Chip Kelly (Oregon)-Philadelphia Eagles after they have been accused of NCAA rules violations.

DEFLATE GATE was the final straw, the New England Patriots used deflated footballs the first half in the American Football Conference Championship with the Indianapolis Colts.

This team with a very shady past was involved in another controversial event at a very inopportune time-THE SUPER BOWL.

There are many other issues this league has ignored. The NFL will not address the Washington Football Club name, as an African American-Native American it pains Native Americans to watch this team on the field. The League will not address the issue of mounting player concussion syndrome. The League refuses to address the lack of Black starting quarterbacks (6 starters of 32 teams) and the lack of African American team ownership which remains at ZERO.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
The first game this fan witnessed was the Baltimore Colt-New York Giant overtime NFL playoff thriller, December 28, 1958. It was a national sensation and this new fan wanted to be with the IN CROWD. As a seven year old this fan thought the game was fascinating.
Football was a hard hitting fast action game with superstars on the field.
Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas and the Colts beat the Giants in Yankee Stadium 23-17. America was abuzz about this new action game. It was fun because North Jersey wanted the Giants to win while South Jersey wanted the Colts to win. This fan would adopt his own team called the Philadelphia Eagles which played in old Franklin Field.
The first game this fan attended was in the freezing cold of Philly with the Eagles playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams at that time were not stellar and were at the bottom of the NFL Eastern Division. It was fun because we had a seat on the field in the end zone. It was a thrill for a thirteen year old seeing the game he loves.
The Eagles would get a new owner Jerry Wolman in 1962. The green birds would fall on hard times and last place. This fan would change teams looking west and three new teams and a new league.
The American Football League started and this fan loved the 4:00pm start on The NBC Sports Network. His new teams were The Oakland Raiders, with the white cleats with silver and black uniforms, the Los Angeles Chargers with their lightning bolts and powder blue uniforms. Those uniforms made them look cool. This fan loved this new league because they had players that looked like him unlike the National Football League.
This fan felt heart-break and joy with his teams. The Los Angeles Chargers moved to San Diego. The Oakland Raiders would move to Los Angeles right after this fan established residency in Berkeley, California. This teenage fan team the Los Angeles Rams would move to St. Louis and this fan would adopt a new team the New York Giants completing the circle.
On February 1, 2015, Black History Month, The National Football League lost a lifelong fan because the league cannot or will not control itself.
P.S. Special thanks to the New York Times, Wikipedia web sites, and David Zirin for some of this information
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
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