Football League is the best major sports league, bar none.
Teams in small market cities like Pittsburgh and Kansas City are
competitive through profit sharing. Hell, the Steelers won the
Super Bowl last year.
NFL officials seem to have the best interest of the fans when making
league decisions. Maybe one exception is the ridiculous nature of
forcing people to buy pre-season and playoff tickets to become season
ticket holders. Look at the five yard contact rule for defenders
or even instant replay.
Another reason the NFL reigns supreme, the commissioner is in charge
and is not afraid to drop the hammer. Tuesday, new commish Roger
Godell suspended the Tennessee Titans Adam "Pacman" Jones for the
entire season and Cincinnati's Chris Henry for the first eight
Some critics say the league waited too long to act. Come on,
Godell has been the boss for seven months, and I think he has made his
statement loud and clear.
Pacman has had 10 different run-ins with the police, the latest
involving Jones carrying around $81,000 to a strip club which led to a
shooting in Vegas and one person paralyzed.
Henry was arrested four times in 14 months and was among nine
Cincinnati Bengals locked up in the last nine months.
Godell not only said these guys violated the "personal conduct policy"
put in place by the NFL, but he also said this is your last chance to
straighten up. "Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right,"
said Godell. That means, I don't have to let you play in my
The NFL and Godell are followed by the NBA and commissioner David
Stern. Keep in mind, I can't stand watching most NBA games
because it's no longer about a team, it's all about the
individual. That being said, you have to credit Stern in some
cases. He almost seems to enjoy suspending a big named player
like Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony.
Baseball is a joke, Bud (or Bud Light) Selig can't figure how to break
an All-Star game tie or just clean up the sport without ending up in
the principal's office (aka Congress).
And forget about the NHL. I am a huge hockey fan, but if the
average person on the street couldn't tell you Sidney Crosby is a
Pittsburgh Penguin and not Bing Crosby's grandson, you don't get to
play in this conversation.
From Pete Rozell to Paul Tagliabue to Roger Godell, the NFL's
commissioner is in charge. And I for one like it.