Daily Special, June 23, 2012

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“What the hell are you doing, Roger?”

That’s the most important question to come out of the Saints’ bounty scandal: not “did they do it?” or “what actually happened?” What is Goodell actually up to?

It was Scott Fujita who asked this question of Goodell at the most recent meeting between players and the commissioner. But it should have been the media asking it all along. Instead of taking the NFL at its word when it announced the findings of its investigation, the media should have immediately demanded to view the evidence, and judged it with a critical eye—knowing that the NFL is a not merely a corporation, but a cartel. They failed; and it’s become the role of bloggers sitting in their mom’s basement (actually, I’m sitting in the living room of the house that I own free and clear) to ask these questions instead.

Fujita recounts the incident in an interview with Sports Illustrated:

If you could say anything to Roger Goodell right now, what would it be?

“I saw him in the [appeal] hearings and he offered to shake all of our hands. Some of the other players didn’t, but I went ahead and shook his hand, and I just said to him, ‘What the hell are you doing, Roger?’ He had nothing to say. His face sure turned red, though.”

So…Roger has some shame after all? That’s good to hear: it means that when this all blows up in his face it will exquisitely painful. There are few people in this country who more richly deserve the contempt of the public.

Saints head coach Joe Vitt (and I’m starting to like the sound of that more and more) also gave an interview, this one with Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune, in which he doubled tripled quadrupled down on his insistence that his players never did anything wrong.

“I stated from Day 1 to investigators – and I hope they took good notes – our players have done nothing wrong. Nothing wrong,” Vitt said. “Our players never crossed the white lines with an intent to injure anybody.”

I think it’s time to start asking the question: where has Sean Payton been all this time? Why is he leaving it up to his players and staff to fight this battle? If we believe Vitt is telling the truth—and obviously I do—then Payton must be just as innocent of wrongdoing. So why no fight? What happened to those brass balls that come in so handy on the sideline? Isn’t it about time for Payton to stand up and say something in defense of guys still on the front lines?

Meanwhile, Sean Pamphilon has reared his hideous head once again, this time accusing Drew Brees of being a bounty program insider. His claims are ably debunked by the comments at Canal Street Chronicles; but once again, I think it’s time once again to piss off Stu and link directly to Jimbo03′s assessment of Pamphilon—which I think is spot-on, and should be taken into account whenever this dipshit opens his pie-hole.

SaintsNation and SaintsWin both have breakdowns of the NFL’s case against the Saints, and Roger doesn’t come off looking too good in either of them. These are major efforts, so I don’t want to steal any of their thunder…just go read them. Roger, you read them too.

In actual news, the Saints waived injured defensive end Greg Romeus, seemingly putting an end to his career with the team. If he clears waivers (and why wouldn’t he?), the Saints could bring him back…and put him on injured reserve. So his waiver really isn’t that big a move: it was probably hopeless, anyway.

And Warren Sapp has actually apologized to Jeremy Shockey for fingering him as The Rat…sorta. If you count threats of violence as an apology:

“The two times I’ve seen him I haven’t had a problem with him, but if he does we can go out in the grass and get it over with. I don’t have a problem with getting my knuckles a little scarred up,” Sapp said, laughing.

Actually, the apology was personal—i.e., not public. In public, Sapp says “The information that was passed to me, I stand by my source…” So it was one of those non-apology apologies that politicians are so good at making.

On the Jukebox

Not really music, today…more a lesson in the importance of music. Give this a listen: it will demonstrate how the right musical presentation can make or break a scene about dinosaurs moving in herds.

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  • David KellyJune 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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    HA!! Your jukebox was hilarious today. Yes, music makes a big difference on how a film scene is received. I can see why Spielberg and John Williams chose NOT to use a poorly played melodica for that scene.

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  • FriarBobJune 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

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    Technically the Saints don’t have to do anything with Romeus. If he clears waivers he will automatically be placed on our Injured Reserve list. The CBA doesn’t give them any other option.

    Now after he’s on IR, that’s when the Saints have options. They can release him with an injury settlement (not likely if he’s not going to be healthy until next year), they can leave him on IR the rest of this year and give him another try next year, or they can leave him on IR the rest of this year and then cut him after the Super Bowl (or perhaps league year, can’t recall 100% for sure the exact trigger point).

    Oh and Roger has no shame. He’s just angry that our heroes (even those who have left our team, if they’re standing up to this farce they are “our heroes” all over again) are not lying down and taking his efforts to screw them over without complaint.

    But maybe he’ll develop some shame after the courts rule against him. Hopefully, at least… on both accounts. :)

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    • Doc BoudinJune 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

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      Thanks for the Romeus/IR explanation; I’ve been waiting for someone to clarify that. Next question: does any settlement (or IR salary) count against the cap?

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      • FriarBobJune 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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        Not right now, but during the regular season, yes.

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        • FriarBobJune 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

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          By which I mean we are still under the “top 51″ rule until the end of the offseason, but after the regular season starts all paid money (unless prorated in one of the multitude of crazy ways allowed by the CBA) has to fit under the cap.

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  • Just Nother DayJune 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

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    (actually, I’m sitting in the living room of the house that I own free and clear)

    So now the NFL has PROOF that your MOM lives in YOUR basement!

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    • Doc BoudinJune 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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      What!? Himself keeps his mom in his basement!? I hope he at least lets her out for an occasional airing, for chrissake! Although it would make Mother’s Day a lot less complicated. Hmmm….

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      • HimselfJune 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

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        You guys studied Logic 101 under Prof. Goodell, admit it.

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