This week’s pop culture theme is
that NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell should be fired because the
league isn’t good at dealing with the
thug criminal element that seems to
have permeated its player ranks. It’s a
lot like demanding the resignation of
the CEO at GM because workers on a
production line at a subsidiary Opal
assembly plant in Germany were
smoking pot during the lunch hour.
On the other hand, smoking pot is
one of those liberal PC arguments
that opinion leaders are lobbying to transition
from crime to inalienable right.
At the two-week mark, this football season
already shapes up with the promise of being
the archetypical J-V experience resulting from
a jumble of disciplinary suspensions and season-ending injuries for marquee players.
There’s even an owner who’s been suspended
for a little DUI incident.
Predictably we’ve had a televised opinion
from everyone who has attended a game,
played or coached in the NFL, NCAA, high
school, CFL, Pop Warner or Mighty Mights programs.
Assumedly, we’ve been exposed to
Greta’s opinions bolstered by Dr. Baden. Ted
Williams and other holdovers from the O.J.
Simpson trial. And one notes that Bo Dietl and
the purveyor of “nappy-headed hos,” Don Imus
have weighed in as well.
The nadir of all coverage came during a
weep-a-thon held on the sportsperson’s
MSNBC, aka ESPN. Chris Carter lashed out at
accused Minnesota Viking child beater Adrian
Peterson followed by a near-tear denouncement
of Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens and
the NFL from Hannah Storm.
The Edge sees there is a great big problem in
the NFL manifested as a glut of entitled to lawlessness
behavior. The leader of the pack
would have to be Aaron Hernandez, the
Patriot’s former tight end who now faces three
murder charges in two separate incidents.
The Edge has yet to hear Joe Public take
some of the blame for providing
money like so much kindling to the
financial furnace of the league. The
newly occupied Levi’s Stadium in
Santa Clara cost 1.2 Billion. Roughly
80% of those funds came as taxpayer
underwritten financing – an interesting
accomplishment for a state that’s
on the brink of bankruptcy.