Daily Special, April 19, 2012

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Interestingly enough, most of the interesting news is coming out of Minnesota. Interesting…

First, the NFL is beginning to lean on the state of Minnesota. “Get your act together,” seems to be the message. “Or your Vikings might meet with an unfortunate accident.” That would require relocation.

Roger Goodell is quite a change from Paul Tagliabue, isn’t he? Who would have thought that that stiff, wooden, uncharismatic lawyer could prove a hero, and his replacement, a stiff, wooden, uncharismatic lawyer, would prove to be Satan incarnate? Not me, but I was wrong once before, so keep that in mind.

When Benson began threatening to take the Saints to San Antonio permanently, Tagliabue informed him in no uncertain terms that he was welcome to go wherever he wanted to, but the Saints wouldn’t be going with him. Benson backed down, the Saints stayed, and the rest is history. Apparently, that history isn’t going to replay itself in Minnesota. Goodell has come down solidly on the side of the owner, and the people of Minnesota can go suck rocks if they won’t build a new stadium.

This is another one of those strange instances where I find myself, in theory, siding with Goodell. The Vikings are a business; and if ownership wants to relocate them, well…too bad for Minnesota. But it’s interesting (today’s theme) to see the way the roles have reversed. If Goodell had been commissioner in 2005, he would have spent most of his time in San Antonio, smoothing the way for the move.

In other Vikings news, Jared Allen inadvertently trips over the truth, picks it up, scratches his head, and tosses it aside unrecognized. Consider these quotes from this National Football Post interview:

”We all sign that contract knowing the risk…”

“Guys are gonna find a way to hit people….”

“Guys are gonna find a way to make plays…”

“They won the game, we had our shots and we blew it. But their Bountygate had nothing to do with our five turnovers…”

Holy cranial power surge, Batman! Maybe that explains the sparks, the smell of ozone, and the rest of the garbled static coming out of the interview:

”…obviously the Saints were wrong in what they did and they’re being punished accordingly…”

“…you look at those hits on Favre, and you look at that stuff—all you’ve gotta do is throw a flag…”

I’m sorry, does all this cohere? Remi Ayodele and Bobby McCray, both of them trying to find a way to make a play, meet at the quarterback. What are they expected to do, act like Mac and Tosh and argue over who gives the other the chance to go first? So they both hit Favre; and yes, it was illegal and should have been flagged (but it wasn’t, in karmic payback for the epically awful flag on McCray for a perfectly legal—and perfectly logical—hit on Favre earlier). This is what Allen calls “pretty vicious”? I remember at least one low hit Allen made on Brees in that game, but there was nothing vicious about it—just a guy trying to make a play. But then, he wasn’t playing for the Saints.

Has it come to this? Even when Allen speaks truth to power and says, “Let’s not pretend they’re making it safer for everybody,” he has to parrot the NFL line like he wants another cracker? You notice how the line has changed over time, haven’t you? It’s now, “Maybe the NFL has taken things too far, maybe they haven’t taken things far enough, but…” And that but always boils down to “the Saints still did it.”

And still, nobody has proven a thing. Or even defined what “it” is. I get the feeling this is never going away, not in my lifetime anyway.

In the meantime: Cam Newton is in the finals for the Madden cover. Let’s get this thing done, people!

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  • David KellyApril 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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    One big difference between the Vikings possibly moving and Tagliabue not allowing Benson to move the Saints is that Minneapolis didn’t get leveled by a storm. I respect Tagliabue a lot (and utterly despise Goodell), but I have to believe the main reason he and I assume many other owners didn’t allow the Saints to leave NOLA is because NOLA was in the hearts of the nation for the disaster it and its people sustained. This plus that week of constant news coverage where bodies were floating in the streets and no rescue crews were entering the city (even though film crews certainly were) brought it to he forefront of both national and world attention. The NFL would have looked like a bunch of heartless assholes if they had allowed the Saints to be moved as a result of this.

    Goodell can claim now that he had a lot to do with keeping the Saints in NOLA back then, but he’s just pandering in an attempt to pacify Saints fans outraged over the vendetta-driven punishment he exploded on Payton and the Saints. Outraged New Orleanians need to start planning now on how to make him as miserable as possible when he comes in February. He and the media think they can just strut into town in 10 months like they own the place. I so hope Saints fans have a rude awakening for them.

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  • stujo4April 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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    Roger Goodell is not a lawyer. He earned a degree in economics from some school I’ve never heard of and went straight into the NFL.

    I think you guys need to be more specific about what exactly you despise, like I do with Lito Sheppard. If you don’t like Goodell’s decisions, if you question his judgment, whatever. I think if he had come down hard on some team or player who you don’t like, your points of view would be different. But because your team made serious, grievous errors and now has to pay for them, you’re all pissy about it and focus your negativity on Roger Goodell.

    I think he’s a prince. A hard worker and a tough sum bitch. Not taking any shit from bad ass players or team officials/coaches who proclaim it to be their universe. How many of you have signed photos of Bud Selig hanging in your bedroom? That guy deserves your scorn.

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    • David KellyApril 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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      Of course I’d feel different about this bounty situation if it was happening to another team. Would I automatically jump on board with the media and Goodell and heap scorn on said team as so many others now are doing to the Saints? Absolutely not! This is because I’ve learned that neither can be trusted. This attitude would even be true if it was happening to the Falcons. I wouldn’t be as passionate about it, but I’d still be skeptical of it all and wouldn’t be so quick to go to their forums and rub their noses in it.

      I was apparently one of the few people who paid close attention to all of the details of the Starcaps situation because that incident proved that Goodell likes playing GOTCHA and will only disclose enough information to back up his motives and agenda. It’s only when a court forces him to release more information that the public gets to see the full details. There’s a reason he finally reduced those player suspensions from 4 games to 2 after refusing to budge for years and making them out to be cheaters in the beginning. Just like now, the media played right along.

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    • HimselfApril 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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      I despise Roger Goodell for not being a lawyer. Lazy bastard.

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    • CrazyforColstonApril 20, 2012 at 1:13 am

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      I had many problems with him long before the scandal. Or, problems with the league that he will not address. Maybe the inconsistencies in penalties and on field and off field rulings is just too big for one guy with an economic degreen or anyone. But, he’s inconsistent and frankly full of it on player safety on one hand, if not the other.

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  • stujo4April 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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    The Vikings situation is completely different than the Saints situation, and you know that, M-E. It’s not a matter of siding with the owner or not, it’s a matter of protecting the shield. Totally serious. And we need a team in the second biggest market in the country after the tri-state area where 99% of American TV’s are located according to Peter King. Not as serious.

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  • stujo4April 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

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    Why are the Saints playing 5 preseason games this year, the first two being 4 days apart?

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    • AcquiredPanicApril 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

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      Ain’t that a bitch……I didn’t realize they were 4 days apart. Guess I need to go buy a Chase Daniel jersey. Imagine we shall get very acquainted to him in the preseason.

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    • CrazyforColstonApril 20, 2012 at 1:16 am

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      I think it’s because the host city’s team for the Super Bowl that year plays in the Hall of Fame game. Adds a game to the Saint’s pre season schedule because New Orleans hosts this year.

      But maybe your question was rhetorical…

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  • CrazyforColstonApril 20, 2012 at 1:19 am

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    I feel for Vikings fans, even the one’s that depise us. I don’t wish on them what we dreaded, it’s that simple.

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