Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Godfather Part IV: Saving the NFL

Senator Arlen Specter has been called a grandstander by his detractors as he engages in what looks to be a burgeoning crusade against the NFL.

One of Specter’s biggest financial backers is Comcast, a company that coincidentally is at odds with the NFL over the tariff charged for the NFL Network, a charge Comcast passes on to its customers. It’s not hard to see the potential for a major conflict of interests.

That said, the NFL has certainly challenged the faith of even the most ardent supporters of the National Football League with their handling of Spygate.

There’s no need to revisit the particulars of Spygate. Anyone reading this blog is familiar with the seemingly sordid details. It is however interesting (and this speaks to Specter’s concerns) how an entity as large and influential as the NFL can be its own judge and jury while on trial for a cheating scandal that could have far reaching implications.

I can’t help but think back to my favorite all-time movie, The Godfather. Roger Goodell is the league's Michael Corleone and he is systematically eliminating all those who stand in the way of the greatest good for “the family.” And in this case the family consists of 32 NFL owners.

First there’s the Patriots and Bill Belichick. They both get slaps on the wrist. Along comes videographer extraordinaire Matt Walsh who suddenly seems to not see what he thought he saw after a face to face with Godfather Goodell that lasted over 3 hours. It's as though by some strange miracle or phenomenon a hit on a member of a competing family was reduced to a traffic violation.

And then there is the Boston Herald – not exactly the Towson Times. The Herald suddenly doesn’t have any source to corroborate the story they broke about the Patriots taping the Rams walk through prior to Super Bowl XXXVI. Things that make you go hmmm.

Now Tom Brady is chiming in. According to Brady, "I think [Spygate is] a way to really sell newspapers, and all the ESPN stations, they've got to fill the air, too.”

Brady added, "It's just kind of the environment right now, though. I think that's the way that guys make it. They just say the craziest things. That's what ESPN has become. ESPN, to me, is like MTV without the videos, ESPN is without the highlights."

Hey wait a minute, since when does MTV have videos?

Seriously though, it will be interesting to see if there’s any Brady backlash from ESPN, a network that regularly has its lips suctioned to the buttocks of Gisele's man.

It will also be interesting to see how things shake out for Senator Specter. Will his financial backers suddenly and coincidentally dry up? Will rumors surface about conjured up bones in Specter’s closet? Will a horse head end up in his bed persuading Specter to step down as Senator? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

The world may never know…


Anonymous said...

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop? Well...I guess that all depends upon how hard and how fast you lick.

(No biting allowed; that would be cheating. Unless, of course, you didn't interpret biting as cheating.)