What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Editor’s Note: Mr. McGrath has long and storied history in the management of professional sports franchises, most notably as the general manager of the Charlestown Chiefs of the now-defunct Federal League. Oh, and this is probably a good time to mention that Mr. McGrath’s views are his own, and do not necessarily reflect those of Dubsism, our staff, or anybody else whose house you might want to burn to the ground.
It’s been a while since I’ve graced the pages here at Dubsism. I’ve been enjoying the retired life down in Miami. But once I saw Jaromir Jagr get traded to the Florida Panthers, I realized he’s still strapping on the skates at age 43. Then I looked around at all the sad, retired fucks I’ve been hanging out with, and I realized they are all just waiting to catch the bus to the big dirt nap. I’ve got no interest in sitting around waiting to die, so when J-Dub called me to ask about my thoughts on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, I figured this was my chance to get back in the game.
I’ll get right to the point. Roger Goodell is a fucking idiot, plain and simple. I’m not going to get long-winded about this like J-Dub can, but here’s a guy who literally has the goose laying the golden eggs, and he’s beating it to death with lawyers. You notice those gas-bags at ESPN never tell you about that. Hell, they never even mention the word “lawyer.” But don’t you doubt for a minute that is exactly what is happening to the NFL.
What happened the other day in the Adrian Peterson case is the perfect and most recent example? Simply by being an idiot, Goodell has managed to turn a goddamn child abuser into the poster child for the abuse of power by an employer. This is because Goodell spends all his time playing to the court of public opinion, which is why he’s constantly getting screwed in the real courts. In the court of public opinion, there were no repercussions for using the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NFL and the Player’s Union as high-grade toilet paper. There wasn’t going to be a “pro-child abuser” lobby to contest the fact that when it came to the handling of the Peterson case, Goodell really didn’t have the authority to do what he did.
That’s exactly why Peterson’s “double-secret probation” or whatever bullshit name Goodell hung on his banishment of Peterson got bounced by a federal judge. He violated the CBA, and now every piece-of-shit wife and child beater in that league who should be stripped naked, smeared in honey, and fed to flesh-eating ants will end up getting a ticker-tape parade because Goodell can’t help himself from tripping over his own power-mad boner.
All the son-of-a-bitch had to do was play this by the rules. The NFL and the CBA has all kinds of ways to deal with shitheads like Adrian Peterson, but the one thing you can’t do is run around being judge, jury, and executioner. It doesn’t matter how bad the guy is you are dealing with, you simply cannot cut everybody else out of the picture, because they all want a piece of the bad guy.
Go back and look at the Penn State case. Goodell should have learned a lesson there, because now the NCAA is getting boiled in it’s own sauce because they thought it was fun to pile on Penn State after all that Jerry Sandusky shit. Again, it sure gave those guys a big power boner to take the incredibly brave “anti-child molester” position, but they screwed over a lot of innocent people in the process. That’s why the NCAA is going to lose millions in lawsuits and render itself impotent and irrelevant.
The same shit is going to happen to the NFL is Goodell isn’t careful. Sure, the NFL has a shitload of money, but that’s exactly why it will get sued. Nobody ever sues the guy flipping burgers at McDonald’s, there’s no point in that. Because the NFL has deep pockets, every time Goodell fucks up like he did with Peterson, the lawyers will be out like sharks. If I were an NFL owner, I’d give strong consideration to ditching this guy before he makes things worse.