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Cory's Corner: All eyes on Roger Goodell

The moment I heard that Greg Hardy’s suspension had been lowered, I wasn’t too shocked.

Then I found out just how much the Dallas defensive end got his punishment decimated and I was floored. How can an original punishment of 10 games be whittled down to four?

I realize Hardy was punished under the old set of rules, which has allowed more leniency to troublemakers. But 10 to four?

Somewhere Tom Brady should be popping a champagne cork. I don’t see any way that the Patriots All-Pro quarterback will have to serve all four of his games.

But this is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s time to make a stand. He put aside his feelings for Patriots owner Robert Kraft and still followed through with a four-game suspension that drew plenty of sticker shock.

The saving grace for the rest of the league is that this is an odd case. The guy that determined the punishment is also doling out the appeal judgment. How many people would rule against their original decision by giving a lesser penalty?

I understand that even with less air, the Patriots obviously would have destroyed Indianapolis, which set the table to beat the Seattle in the Super Bowl. The question is, why are they so secret about it and how long have they been doing it?

This is going to be a landmark ruling. If Goodell goes soft on Brady, then that sends a message to the rest of the league that deflating footballs isn’t that big a deal. But if he keeps the four-game suspension to the NFL’s golden boy, that would be surprising and justified.

I had a high school principal that would try to be everyone’s friend. He would make small-talk to the partiers while appealing to the studious folks. A lesser sentence with Brady and Goodell is talking out of both sides of his mouth. How much are players going to respect the sheriff if the sheriff cannot enforce the rules?

So while Hardy gets to breathe a sigh of relief for not having his domestic altercation on video, Brady anxiously awaits his fate.

But the person that should be nervous is Goodell. Just for the sake of his credibility, he cannot afford to get this wrong.

Goodell has said numerous times that he wants to clean up the NFL. That should mean both on and off the field. We still don’t know what happened with the Ray Rice video, but you can bet that Goodell would love a mulligan.

Here’s your chance Roger. Don’t slice it into the woods.  

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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WKUPackFan's picture

"that sends a message that...deflating footballs isn't that big a deal"

It isn't, especially when science shows that the deflation was natural. The AEI report clearly shows what actually happened and the many flaws in the Wells report.

In addition, the league has never before considered it a big deal. Teams have been manipulated the footballs for decades; the league didn't care, the players didn't care, nobody cared.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

"that sends a message that...deflating footballs isn't that big a deal"

Yeah, compared to throwing a woman on a futon full of guns, threatening to kill her and choking her; deflating footballs is not really a big deal.

Bearmeat's picture

Of COURSE Brady will get a reduced suspension. That's Rog's MO. "I will hammer you first, then when you grovel at my feet, I will show that I am a merciful lord."

Methinks the job description of "President" from "The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" is rather an appropriate description of "The Rog."

"The President (Commissioner) is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government (Owners), but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox (Roger Goodell) is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy (NFL) has ever had."

Tundraboy's picture

Excellent.

Bearmeat's picture

(takes bow)

Thank you!

I'm rather proud of the apropos comparison. Plus, it's hilarious. And let's face it, if we all dwell on the fact that the NFL is playing all of us for billions, it'll ruin our fandom, and our Sunday afternoons in the Fall.

I'm not giving up the Packers. I'm the one getting bilked here. And I know it. And I still can't help it. It's infuriating. The definition of an addiction. (at least it's not a generally destructive one)

So I laugh. Tis the only choice left to me.

WKUPackFan's picture

Amazingly, this same theory was expounded by an ESPN analyst yesterday. He's copying your stuff Bearmeat!

Big T's picture

Goodell is a greedy swine. He will do whatever makes him more money. Money talks and bullshit walks. Goodell will eventually destroy the NFL as we know it. Rest assured he will come out on top financially. Goodell is a glorified whore...

jeremyjjbrown's picture

NFL Commissioner Job Desc.
1. Do whatever makes more money.
2. Punish players and teams if fans are offended and might spend less money.
3. See 1 and 2

ray nichkee's picture

Goodell makes more money from the league than any player in one year. Im not sure what he does but he keeps the owners happy by stuffing their pockets. I think there should be an independent commitee deciding these things. Roger should stick to everything else. Everybody is outraged by the reduction to 4 games for hardy but he did sit out 15 last year with pay. I think it would be fair to fine him for 6 game checks so it would be the equivalent of a 10 game suspension. Big deal or not it was proven brady did not play within the rules and his suspension has more to do with not cooperating with the investigation.

Tarynfor12's picture

The ridiculous suspension of Tom Brady for 4 games has now been replaced by the reduction of Greg Hardy's suspension to the same number.

The NFL has officially to date,unless changed in the very next days,has created an 'off setting' penalty rule that will in essence make the God awful crime of deflated footballs equal to domestic violence,even if the justification is based upon old and new guidelines.

Even if Brady's suspension is reduced to 2 games,it will undoubtedly redraw the'crossed the line' thinking regardless of the incident as to punishment.By this,Quarless may actually get a pat on the back for being able or lucky enough to have not injured someone thus relegating his infraction of firing a gun in public, as non-lethal as discharging air whether via a football or a body orifice.

The TKstinator's picture

This one made me chuckle.

4thand1's picture

What game was it that Rodgers received a kicking ball to throw on a 2 point conversion . I think it was in Seattle late in the game. Kicking balls are smoother and hard to grip. You can't tell me it wasn't done on purpose. The point is home teams will do anything to gain an edge.

GRB1531's picture

Based on the emails between the two Patriot workers, The deflating was taken place early in the season which leads me to believe that this was going on for quite a while and probably previous years. I would think that 10 games would be more appropriate. Read the Wells report regarding the contacts between the two workers and you will agree that a 2 game suspension is no where close to what it should be.

WKUPackFan's picture

Respectfully disagree. The texts/emails could be interpreted several ways. If Wells reaaly thought he had something there he would not have pushed for the 5th interview with the Patriot employee.

More importantly, any conclusions associated with Wells' report are inherently suspect in light of it's factual flaws and unsupported conclusions. The report would be ripped apart in court. It's a product of a needed result driving faulty research and writing to get there.

John Galt III's picture

Goodell should run for President against Hillary and in the Democrat Primary. He is a proud Democrat, and has real dealings with African Americans and understands their needs.

He is a far better administrator than Clinton and makes decisions as sensible as the Supreme Court/SCOTUS.

Buckywunder's picture

Roger Goodell is a millionaire lawyer who wants to join the lucky billionaire club, like his employers, er, buddies.

He married a Fox TV anchor-woman whose father served in George H.W. Bush's administration as Secretary of Transportation and at the White House in his staff.

I don't think he'll be running in any Democrat-IC primary.

It's Democratic, not Democrat which rhymes with "rat" and is the word of choice for loyal followers of Frank Luntz and other GOP psyops operatives.

John Galt III's picture

You sound like Obama

Tundraboy's picture

The Circus is coming to town this week

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