I can handle buffoonery about the clock, as it's better than the Chiefs recent history of buffoonery on EVERYTHING. Honestly, I have rose-colored glasses on right now. The Chiefs off-season has been stellar so far, and I am chomping at the bit for the "real" season to start. Hope is an amazing thing.
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Flacco doesn't really have great regular season numbers so I can't see him wanting incentives as the majority of that contract. 25 td's and 3800 yards are the most he's ever done. And he's barely at 60% completion percentage for his career.
Anybody read this Goodell article on ESPN? A well-researched look at Goodell's reign so far:
I was struck by this quote by DeMaurice Smith, which touches on an aspect of the extended season that I haven't thought of before:
I don't really consider it hypocrisy, as I think the primary thing that is motivating them to move towards player safety in the first place is the avoidance of more lawsuits, negative publicity, and other things that affect their bottom line. The motivations are always financially based, and Goodell works for the owners.
On the public face, they can justify it if they expand the rosters, widen the field, and do other things that are a gesture towards limiting injury. (And, no surprise, trend towards making the product more exciting and offense-based.) And the player's union will eventually accept it as long as their slice of the pie is big enough.
That may sound like an overly cynical take. I'm not even sure it's that bad. Injuries probably will prove to be diminished over time. The only way fully stand against them is to say you're against people playing violent games for profit. Full stop. Otherwise, it's just how much are you willing to accept in order to get whatever you get out of it.
I love his attempts at trying to create some sort of nonsensical concussion "epidemic", like it's the fucking flu or something.
He wants so badly to be a tough-talking sheriff. but no matter what he does or says, he's just the owners' flunky.
Those are quite Arena League-y. The article about the uniforms on Yahoo included this gem: