Preach Carl! Preach! I mean where do you even begin last night? Like I sat and watched Sportscenter catatonically for 4 hours after that game ended hoping to find some kind of resolution and got nothing. I mean we got validation. That we've in spades. Basically everyone with a brain is saying that we got screwed last night. Steve Young and Trent Dilfer looked so sad that Jay Cutler would have looked like Bozo the clown in comparison. Mort, Shefter, Van Pelt, you name it, they all sided with the green and gold. They played that replay like the frieking Zapruder film and every angle pretty much showed we should have won the game. But at the end of the day we're 1-2 and pretty much in a must win game on Sunday. And the thing of it is, I can't even blame the refs all that much. As we've been talking and blogging about since August and the preseason, these guys are in WAY over their heads. Going from reading the Dog Who Lost His Way like Miss Lippy to trying to keep up with world class athletes and make snap decisions on fractional plays that determine the outcome of NFL games. That'd be like asking me to write a column for the Wall Street Journal on finance because I write a blog where I talk about dinosaur farts. Just makes no sense. So the blame is squarely with Goodell and whomever his henchmen are. Probably Pete Gas and the boys from the Mean Street Posse if I had to guess.
Which brings us to the 'we're going to boycott the NFL!' group. Fat chance. In fact if anything this debacle has garnered MORE media attention, MORE conversation, MORE ratings and MORE web hits. Like yeah, in theory if everyone just stayed home from every stadium for a week or decided to read a book instead of watching football on Sunday, that probably would have an impact. But saying you're done watching the NFL after last night is like when you wake up the morning after a bender and saying 'I am never drinking AGAIN.' Then 8 hours later you're popping a top/drinking nail polish remover. So clearly that's not going to happen. But at this point they could do a brand new 'Mayhem' commercial with the officials we're watching every week. 'I'm an NFL replacement official. I'm single handedly destroying decades of prestige and honor in a matter of weeks. I'm costing fans money and time with my cluelessness. Get Allstate, save cash and be better protected from me.'
I did have to laugh at the state senator that published Goodell's office number on Twitter though. Can't imagine what that thing sounds like this morning. Some intern at NFL headquarters is about to learn some new words this morning. Hell I think I'd volunteer to listen to those! Give a dirty 30 of PBR, a cooler and I'll sit there and listen to every single message. Wouldn't shock me one bit if Goodell steals Costanza's message by the end of the day:
PS: Just stumbled on this video; I think it trumps Carl.