I don't think it will happen today, or even this season. The NFL has accumulated too much fan loyalty for that to happen. Their problem is that it's not infinite. Goodell is chipping away at the insanely high tolerance that fans have for the league's missteps. Long-term, this could really hurt the league. A few months ago, the league was invulnerable. Now, something big happens, who knows? The juggernaut hasn't slowed down yet, but it's not accelerating as fast as it used to. At some point, the owners have to realize that acting like kings of the world won't always work. When you have that much loyalty, you keep building it and save it for a rainy day. I'll boycott the NFL until the refs are back, but few others will. The league won't care now, but they may rue the day they disrespected their fans with such shitty officiating.7 AnswersFootball (American)8 years ago
Seriously, these guys throw journalistic ethics through the window and publish all sorts of inane, TMZ-esque stories. Are people really that dumb?3 AnswersFootball (American)8 years ago
Usually, I hear people say that the Patriots have easy schedules or that they get favoritism with the commissioner.
According to profootballreference.com/years/2001 and onwards, the Patriots have had easy schedules in only three of the eleven Brady-Belichick years (2001, 2008 & 2011), based on their methodology for determining strength of schedule. That would mean they actually faced a somewhat difficult schedule during their dynasty years.
Goodell instituted the "roughing the passer" rules (which I agree are detrimental to the beauty of the game) because Tom Brady went down for the season in 2008 after Pollard lunged at his legs after he was on the ground (a perfectly legal action back then). But isn't it more likely that he did it because Brady was the reigning MVP than because he was the Patriots' QB? Star power exists in all sports, because when stars go down so do ratings and attendance.
Please state why you agree or disagree with my arguments in your answer.4 AnswersFootball (American)8 years ago