There has never been sports commissioner who wields power the way Roger "Tony Montana" Goodell does. The closest I can think of is former baseball boss Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who ruled in the infamous Black Sox scandal in 1919.
Unlike some commissioners in other sports who sometimes tip-toe around punishments, no one can say they are pulling one on Police Commissioner Goodell.
In case you have not heard, Goodell punished the New Orleans Saints for their role in "bounty gate". According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, here are some of the highlights:
- Saints head coach Sean Payton is suspended a full season, sans pay. Has ESPN called Payton yet so he can join their ever-growing fleet of NFL analysts?
- Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely.
- Saints GM Mickey Loomis is suspended eight games and fined $500K.
- The Saints lose another $500K and a second round pick in '12 and '13.
There is so much hypocrisy involved in this whole Bounty Gate routine that it's a farce; this is what happens in football.
When it comes to rules and enforcing rules, there is nobody any better than Goodell. Baseball's Bud Selig is routinely usurped by the union. David Stern of the NBA and Gary Bettman of the NHL are pretty good at doling out appropriate punishments, but no one brings the pain like Goodell.
The way NFL players were popping up police blotters near the end of former NFL commissiner Paul Tagliabue's watch, Goodell's decision to drop the hammer has been a much needed image boost.
A lot of the players believe Goodell's behavior crosses the line into dictator-ish, but much like former NYC major Rudy Giuliani, sometimes the most effective way to clean things up is to let your people know you are not screwing around.
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