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What Is Goodell Thinking Now?

Has Roger Goodell lost his mind (again)?

The NFL commissioner is proposing to add another game overseas. The first time an NFL regular season game was played in London in 2007, when the Giants and and Dolphins traveled overseas. In 2008 the Saints and Chargers played in London. This upcoming season the Patriots and Buccaneers are set to make the trip.

“The fan reaction we’ve had in London has been extraordinary. We would like to feed that passion,” Goodell said after speaking at the Charlotte Touchdown Club. “We have a great fan base in the UK. There have been discussions of taking the second game and playing it in another market in the UK. That’s something that we’ll evaluate.”

I guess it’s all about the money. There have been complaints about field conditions at the stadium in London. Also, the fact that it takes a home game away from one team is a huge downfall. Goodell then brought up adding two more games to the regular season to make up for the loss of a home game to the scenario.

“I think the teams have had a great experience that have gone over,” Goodell said. “We’ve been able to build on that, and I think teams recognize it’s an honor and a privilege to go over and play there. And it can be done without impacting the team negatively.”

Players also felt that playing the Pro Bowl in Hawaii was a privilege before Goodell tried to take that away.

In my opinion, American football should be played in America. Home games are huge to the fans and we only have eight games as it is. What happens to season ticket holders? Do they get a refund on one game? I am just uneasy about the entire situation.

Since the Cowboys haven’t been chosen yet to travel overseas, I suppose it hasn’t directly affected us. But they will get around to our team. Then we will really hear the noise.

The Sunday Spot by Fredooch

Hey guys, whats up? I am going to go on a little rant here so please bear with me.

First thing I want to talk about is the whole two sided argument of why taking Felix Jones at 22 and not Rashard Mendenhall is the better fit and why it isn’t. First, let me say that I would of taken Mendenhall without even blinking an eye. Many draft boards had this guy in the top 10. No one had this guy falling all the way to Dallas at 22. You should of seen Pittsburgh’s War room reaction once Roger Goodell announced the Cowboys had selected Felix Jones. Its as if the Steelers had won the Superbowl in that war room, and guess what, they might of just did.

In any case, Felix Jones will be a great fit "complimenting" Marion Barber. The thing is, you dont draft complimentary players in the 1st round. You draft starters. The 22nd pick had Jerry Jones written all over it. Arkansas guy picks Arkansas guy. Some teams had Mendenhall higher on their draft boards than McFadden. So this question goes out to Jerry, If McFadden had fallen all the way to 22nd, would you still have drafted Felix Jones because he is still the better "Complimentary" player? Many people will argue that Felix Jones was the guy the Cowboys wanted all along as many mock drafts, including mine, had the Cowboys selecting Felix Jones, so why all the whinning?

Well, like I stated before, no one had Mendenhall falling all the way to 22. The guy is a stud. He is faster and stronger than Felix Jones and can take a hit. I just hope that this pick doesn’t haunt Dallas for years to come just like Randy Moss haunted Dallas for not taking him in the 1998 draft. I will give Dallas a C on this pick. Would of been a A++++ if they would of gotten Mendenhall. Anyways, enough about that. It’s done and over with. Blah!

Next is Mike Jenkins at 27. I cant really say much on this pick but if there is something we need, its DB’s. I was hoping for the Cromartie kid but Jenkins was next on my list. The film on this kid looks great and I believe he will immediately become the nickel DB. He is a 1st round pick, I wouldnt have it any other way. I give the boys a B on this one.

I am not gonna go into detail on everyother player the Boys drafted so I will just give them an overall grade of C+ on this draft. The second day became very painful to watch as the Cowboys kept trading down and down and down and down and down. I almost threw my cell phone at the TV after the 4rth trade in a row hoping Dallas would just trade anyone.

It all worked out in the end and we got two extra picks for next years draft, an extra 3rd and 4rth. I would of given the Cowboys an A in this draft if the would of selected Mendenhall and selected WR James Hardy in the 2nd round. It would of been an A- if we would of gotten just Mendenhall. Anyways, its done and over with. No use of crying over spilled milk.

So I will leave it at that and now can’t wait for July to come around until training camp starts. So see ya next time kiddies! Same Cowboys Time! Same Cowboys Place! Same Cowboys Channel!   

Keeping American Football in America

Baseball has referred to as "America’s Pastime", football in the like has been referred to as "America’s Passion". No argument here, baseball has left a bitter taste in my mouth ever since the strike that took place just before the World Series in the early ’90’s. You can have baseball. Basketball is OK, but I don’t wait for the season to start like a small child waiting for Santa Claus. Don’t even mention soccer, hate it more than Major League Baseball. You can have tennis and Nascar too, but for the love of God, not football.

Recently there has been much talk about having every team in the NFL playing at least 2 games in Europe. Wait the hell up now!!!! Remember the NFLE? The league played its final season this last summer. Europe had football. They even had their own league. So why then, please someone tell me why would Roger Goodell and some of the team owners want to play regular season games overseas? OK, I might be able to see maybe one game in the entire season as a promotional type deal, but when each team must play 2 games a year, forget it.

Jerry Jones has already publicly spoke out against it. Why wouldn’t he? He’s in the process of building a $1 billion, with a "B", state of the art stadium for our beloved Cowboys to roam in. Someone tell me the name of the idiot that came up with this dumb idea. Not only that, but there has been talk of maybe even the Super Bowl being played outside the US.

I am urging everyone to write the league office in protest, Cowboy fan or not. They will be taking the "American" out of "American Football" and jobs away from the American people. Not the players, but the people who rely on 8 games worth of parking, snack stands, and security. Tell me who is going to pay for those lost wages, the American people. Why, so someone who lives in England can say ‘Jolly good Footballing there. What’s that chap’s name? Romo you say. He seems to enjoy his sporting event." Forget it, this game is American Football, point blank and we as fans, as consumers, as Americans, need to say, "Enough is Enough, leave our sport alone."

Flood your favorite teams office with letters of disapproval or send it straight to Roger Goodells office in New York. If enough of us voice our thoughts, tell them we as loyal supporters will not bless this action and will boycott the NFL if they dare try to take away our sport. Maybe they will get the message when no one show up for a home game. You can always get it on a radio or get the score the day after. Let Goodell and the rest of his followers know, WE WILL NOT TAKE THIS!!!!!

So again, I urge you to write to your favorite teams office and to the league. Here are the addresses to the league office and to the Cowboys office. The more people they hear from, the less likely it will happen and tell a friend or anyone else you know that is a football fan to write and express their opinions too. For the League office, go to NFL.com , on the bottom of the page you will find "NFL Corporate" and click on the link that says "contact us".

If we all pull together, we can and will make a difference. Let your voice be heard. Here is the direct link, http://www.nfl.com/contact-us.

or better write to:
NFL League Office
Attention: Roger Goodell
280 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Article contributed by Carl Davis aka Mr Cowboy74