Even by the pro athlete’s subterranean standards, the Ray Rice video was shocking. He made no effort to heal or cradle or care for his unconscious fiancee.
Forever high on hubris, the sport is pondering extra games, playoff teams, and new franchises, perhaps in London or Los Angeles. And it feels like all are in the name of profit, not principle.
When fines are levied in the NFL, a lot of fans get very angry at commissioner Roger Goodell for bringing down the hammer on their favorite players. Sometimes, a player gets angry too and that is what happened with Mike Mitchell of the Panthers, but his anger is aimed at the wrong person.
Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell says he’s being “targeted” by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after receiving his fifth fine of the season from the league office.
The Panthers and Saints will not be playing past this weekend as both will miss the playoffs, but there are some interesting story lines to watch for. Does Carolina go for a knockout blow against Drew Brees for New Orleans targeting Cam Newton last year or do they simply try to keep him etching his name in the record book – again?
‘Tis the season to find out who was naughty and who was nice, so when Roger Goodell gets handed the paperwork from Sunday’s Raiders-Panthers game, he will see that Carolina’s Cam Newton was very, very naughty. The NFL Commissioner will leave a few lumps of coal in Newton’s stocking and could add a note telling the quarterback to just watch his team’s season finale on TV.
After five weeks of the NFL season, the NFC South is not as competitive as many had expected and the Falcons have already opened up a 3.5 game lead. The Saints are still powerful enough to pull themselves out of an early season tailspin but for the Panthers and Buccaneers it might be, “Wait until next year.”
Many people say “as long as you’re watching it doesn’t matter how bad the officiating is.” Well, that might be true but the integrity of the NFL has been totally compromised.
Opening the season with three of four games against division rivals could be a good thing for the Panthers, even after suffering a tough loss to the Buccaneers in Week 1. That’s because the Saints are rip to be dethroned as NFC South champs because of Bounty Gate.
New Orleans Times Picayune Writer Jim Varney: The Saints Cannot Regain Fans’ Trust After Bounty Gate
The Drive Wednesday 3-21-12-New Orleans Times writer Jim Varney talks about the NFL sanctions against the New Orleans Saints and whether or not the team can bounce back from all the negativity regarding bounty gate. […]