Man, it sure is good to be king.
And the NFL -- don't kid yourself for a second -- is certainly King Roger Goodell's kingdom, newly negotiated CBA or not. With the ol' 4 p.m. on a holiday "weekend" press release informing media that the player discipline in the Saints bounty matter has been upheld, it's hard not to respond with one word and one word only:
Was there ever any other possibility?
I can picture the scene now -- Goodell on his NFL-shield emblazoned throne on Park Avenue, decked in shiny, new Nike NFL gear, being fed grapes by his senior staff and his newly formed army of ex-beat writers at NFL.com dictating a press release.
With disdain, he speaks in between bites of the finest fruits off the vine ... "I want this word for word, everyone. Verbatim. And if it's not verbatim ... Well, you don't want to know ..." He then delivers the following passage to his staff:
"Although you claimed to have been 'wrongfully accused with insufficient evidence,' your lawyers elected not to ask a single question of the principal investigators, both of whom were present at the hearing (as your lawyers had requested); you elected not to testify or to make any substantive statement, written or oral, in support of your appeal; you elected not to call a single witness to support your appeal; and you elected not to introduce a single exhibit addressing the merits of your appeal. Instead, your lawyers raised a series of jurisdictional and procedural objections that generally ignore the CBA, in particular its provisions governing 'conduct detrimental' determinations ..."
Someone -- a potential brave soul, a possible dissenting opinion -- speaks up, "But Commissioner ..."
Everyone else in the room gasps for air. Would someone dare challenge King Roger's ruling? Would someone ever question thee?