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  • Published: Sep 21st, 2014
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Goodell: Some men are a little more Equal than others.

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An owner of an NFL team died and went to heaven. There was a long line to get through the Pearly Gates. He went to Saint Peter and complained.

“I am a very important person. I can’t be waiting here in line to get in.”

“I am sorry sir, but you have to understand that here in Heaven, everyone is equal.”

When the owner got in it was time for lunch. Again there was a long line. Just as the he was ready to get his tray some guy in a suit with an NFL pin on his lapel jumped in front of him grabbed a tray and got his lunch. The owner was furious and complained to St. Peter.

“Well you have to forgive him. That is God and he thinks he is the NFL Commissioner.”

When a player or an owner for that matter makes a huge mistake, Commissioner Roger Goodell is more than ready to hand out suspensions and fines. What we saw on Friday was an admission that Goodell blew the suspension of Ray Rice and blew it badly.

That is not the biggest issue with which the NFL and the fans have to deal. It is claimed by ESPN Outside the Lines that even though the Raven management knew what had taken place, they virtually begged Goodell to go easy on Rice. The original two game suspension was the result.

Only now that the excrement has hit the fan, do we see everyone doing the butt cover dance. During his Q&A Friday, Goodell threw his security unit, the secretarial pool, and his legal team under the bus in an attempt to save his own job. There are many questions that need to be asked and answered. I am certain that former FBI director Robert S. Mueller will get to the bottom of who knew what and when they knew it.

Here are a few of my fearless predictions:

  1. Mueller will find that Goodell knew exactly what happened in the elevator whether or not he saw the video PRIOR to the 2 game announcement. That will be the end of the Goodell rule. The NFL owners can not stand the storm of advertisers that will want to bolt if that is the case.

  2. Mueller will also find that the top management of the Ravens knew exactly what happened. That will result in a compete house cleaning of the top management of the team. The new NFL Commish will fine and suspend the Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.

  3. The Commissioner will never again have the power to judge the appeals of suspensions. That is too much power for any single person.

  4. Ray Rice will be suspended for whatever time the new committee decides a first violation of domestic abuse should be but then will not get a new job in the NFL. If he causes the Commish and management of his former team to be fired, he will be seen by NFL owners and staff as radio active.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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  • Published: Sep 17th, 2014
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News, Notes & Rumors for 09-17-2014

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Radisson Hotels suspend support for Vikes

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The Radisson Hotel chain has suspended sponsorship of the Vikings. This is what the new Viking banner looks like.

Week 2 was disastrous for a lot of teams suffering significant injuries.

Redskins lost QB Robert Griffin for a number of weeks with a dislocated ankle. They also lost WR DeSean Jackson with a shoulder sprain.

Chiefs lost RB Jamaal Charles with a high ankle sprain and S Eric Berry with a low ankle sprain.

Chargers lost RB Ryan Mathews for a month with an MCL sprain.

Saints RB Mark Ingram with a broken hand for a month.

Bengals WR A.J. Green is dealing with a toe injury.

49ers lost TE Vernon Davis with an ankle injury and Vance McDonald with a knee injury.

The Bears lost CB Charles Tillman for the year with a torn tricep.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy broke his hand.

Bears lost CB Charles Tillman with a triceps injury.

Jags lost TE Marcedes Lewis with a ankle injury.

Jets lost WR Eric Decker.

2-0 teams

Bills – Not making the playoffs.

Bengals – Playing better than I thought and should make the playoffs.

Texans – Amazing what a last place schedule will do for a team. No playoffs.

Broncos – Will continue to win as long as Payton Manning is healthy.

Eagles – Best team in a terrible division. Playoffs.

Panthers – Falcons have fallen & Saints 0-2. Panthers could make the playoffs.

Cardinals – With the 49ers struggling they may make the playoffs.

0-2 teams

Colts – Two tough losses but in an easy division. Playoffs.

Jaguars – When Hell freezes over.

Raiders – See comment above.

Chiefs – Are not as good as 13 and got a harder schedule. No playoffs.

Giants – Dead. No chance for the playoffs.

Saints – Will make the playoffs but not go far. Needed home field in NFC.

Bucs – Better but a couple of years away from playoffs.

Notes:

Bears 28 49ers 20 – The 49ers paid the price for not protecting QB Kaepernick. The O died in the 4th quarter under the blitz of the Bears. Meanwhile the SF D was giving up points in bunches. The losses by SF in both suspensions, injuries and free agents have reduced the power of the team D. They are now at risk for missing the playoffs.

Packers 31 Jets 24 – Only the Jets could score a TD to tie the game when the bench called a TO. The Pack is not the team they have been in the past. The D has never been outstanding but now is leaking badly. The pass defense is a sieve and may end up costing the team a shot at the playoffs. The O should be better with a running game but the O line is still bad. Pack should make the playoffs unless QB Aaron Rodgers goes down.

Cowboys 26 Titans 10 – Even the Boys D can handle an offense that is playing the wrong QB. Zach Mettenberger is the better QB but the team is starting Jake Locker. Both teams are 1-1 but neither is going anywhere this year.

Panthers 24 Lions 7 – The great O of the Lions disappeared under the rush of the Panthers. I am not a Cam Newton fan but against a bad D backfield he looked OK. Carolina may make the playoffs but does not have the O to go far. Detroit is at best a middle of the pack team.

Redskins 41 Jags 10 – The injury to Robert Griffin may actually help the Skins make the playoffs. QB Kirk Cousins is a better pocket passer than RG3. The Jags are in for a long season.

Bengals 24 Falcons 10 – The Bengals are close to being the best team in the AFC North. Their D is outstanding and as long as QB Andy Dalton doesn’t try to do too much they should get into the playoffs. The Falcons suffer from a really bad D which is the only team without a sack in the league. Despite the powerful O, they are doomed.

Browns 26 Saints 24 – Good win by the Browns. To see my detailed discussion of this game check out my analysis “Great win but Browns have a lot of work to do.” Read more at https://fryingpansports.com/#7JeDkshYhp4S5ChI.99

Rumors:

Raiders may want to fire HC Dennis Allen but team owner Mark Davis is cheap and won’t want to spend money on 2 coaches. The team has a week 5 bye so someone on the coaching staff could be promoted then.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said that the Boys are going to the playoffs. That is not going to happen any time soon. If they don’t he would like to get a better HC but no one that has any NFL credibility will take the job as long as he is the GM.

The Falcons believe that last year was a singular occurrence due to injuries. But the lack of defensive pass rush and inability to convert 3rd down on O is killing them. HC Mike Smith is a very good coach but may be fired if the team doesn’t live up to what I consider unrealistic expectations.

Tons of rumors about the new drug policy have finally become fact. While the reports have been that the NFLPA player reps approved the policy, my sources tell me that is not the case. What I hear is that the reps approved the NFLPA negotiating staff to work out the details. We will report on the details when they become available.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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  • Published: Sep 16th, 2014
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The Vikings and Panthers may have given their suspended players a gift.

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Both the Vikings and Panthers suspended their players involved in spouse or child abuse for last weeks game. Now both teams have declared their active for the week 3 games.

But here is the rub. By suspending RB Adrian Peterson and DE Greg Hardy the teams have taken action against them for their off field issues. Now the NFLPA can claim that because the two were suspended for a game, any additional suspension would be double jeopardy which is prohibited in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. That could prohibit the team or league from taking any additional action against the two players on the same issue.

So far the NFLPA has not shown a great deal of guts in challenging the league on suspensions. It will be interesting to see how these latest issues turn out. I suspect that the NFLPA will back off again. But time will tell.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: Sep 10th, 2014
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Here is why the NFL is rushing to get the new drug testing deal done.

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                                                      Roger Goodell

Clearly fans of any team with a player that has been suspended are excited about the possibility of getting those players back. But understand that the NFL and NFLPA have been working on a new drug policy for more than 3 years. What is the rush go get it done now?

Let me say that I have no inside information about the issue but I do think I know what is going on. And we will know if I am right by what is in and is not in the new policy.

Here is what I believe is driving the NFL to try to get a new deal—As I said here several weeks ago, the new pressure on the NFL is the different results of the Gordon test.

I have a feeling that the NFLPA is pressuring the NFL to get this new deal done or it will explore the cancellation of the entire drug testing program because of unreliable test results. There is no excuse or explanation for a single urine sample yielding two so different results. That is a threat to the weed testing at a minimum or the entire testing policy at a maximum.

The only way that the NFL can walk away from the disaster of two answers to the same question of how much weed was in the sample is to get a new and higher standard for weed. The NFL and NFLPA have been trying to get a deal that would include testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) for more than 3 years. A new more realistic measure for weed will be included in the deal. That will give the NFL the door to escape a bad testing system.

So how can we tell if I am right? There will be 3 indicators of who has the upper hand in the final negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA.

3 Does the weed level increase significantly? If it does, there is a very good chance that the Gordon result had a lot to do with the pressure to get this deal done so fast.

2 Is testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) limited to in season testing. Right now a PED does a player no good if taken during the off season. If the new policy has testing for PEDs only from OTAs to the Super Bowl, then the NFLPA won a MAJOR concession.

1 The biggest and most divisive issue between the parties is the power of the Commissioner to handle and decide on appeals from a failure on a drug test. The NFL has stood firm that the Commish must retain that power. The NFLPA wanted a neutral party to make the call on an appeal.

If somehow the NFLPA wins on two of these three issues, I will feel justified in my assumption that the Gordon test debacle has had a major impact on the balance of power between the union and the league. I fully expect the new policy will include wins by the NFLPA on issues 2 and 3. issues.

But either way, there is no question that the NFL in general and Commissioner Roger Goodell are sweating this one out. They screwed up and thanks to Pro Football Talk everybody knows it.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: Jun 26th, 2014
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Tonight on NNR Evan Weiner of NewJerseyNewsroom.com will join us to discuss the latest in the concussion law suits and other NFL issues. Join us at 6 PM EDT on www.justin.tv/papaburl or fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

I congratulate the NFL for stepping up to tell the world and the retired players that they will spend whatever it takes to provide the healthcare the players need. But the promise to pay is half of the issue. The other half is how the agreement will be implemented.

Unfortunately, the history of the NFL caring for their retired players is bleak at best. As I have argued before, the retired players have no representation in negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA. Former NFLPA head Gene Upshaw admitted that he was only representing the current players.

As a result, even when retired players got some crumbs off the table, the NFL and NFLPA made it nearly impossible for the players in need to actually qualify for the help they needed. The league and players association have installed middle men that were paid based on how little money they dispensed.

If the same type of “pay for no pay” system is part of this settlement, things for those in need will be no better. The NFL should set up a committee of medical doctors and retirees to determine which players deserve and need help. The retirees should include players from the pre-93 group. Those players both receive less in retirement pay and are older and more in need of medical help.

The bottom line is the Courts need to approve not only the final settlement but also the system that will make decisions about who gets the help and how much medical support is to be awarded. If the issue is left to the NFL and NFLPA, things will not be better for the players that need the support.

The NFL is a billion dollar a year business that was built on the backs of the retired players. Not only do the retirees deserve medical help, they have earned the right to get it. If those players had not given their bodies to the game, pro football would not be the financial goldmine it is today.

I will continue to report on what the NFL does and how it administers the program. Fryingpansports will not let the issue die.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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NOTE: Tonight News, Notes & Rumors will preview the AFC North. Join Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and me at 6 PM EDT on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks.

Open letter to Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Rob Portman

The NFL and NFLPA have conspired to prevent retired players from getting the health care they have earned and deserve.

The NFL has falsely assumed that the NFLPA represents both current and retired players. That is not the case at all. The NFLPA has made it very clear by words and actions that they could care less about those no longer in the game. Given the opportunity to grant more money to retired players or the current players, they have chosen to screw the retirees and get more for the active guys.

By allowing the NFLPA to represent the retired players, the NFL has turned it back on those that need help the most. The NFL finally agreed to give the thousands of former players suffering from concussion syndrome a total of 765 million dollars for health care. That is not nearly enough given the skyrocketing cost of health care. The judge in the case has indicated that amount is likely not nearly enough to solve the health issues of the players involved.

Those that are particularly at risk are the players that retired before 1993. While the restructured program did a little more for those that retired after the implementation date of the CBA, those that retired before it went into effect are no better off. It has to be remembered that prior to 1993 players were paid much less than those that have played since.

I had a Hall of Fame player on my radio show last year that receives a “pension” from the NFL of less than $500 per month after more than 10 years of playing. The retirement was based on a percentage of the salary of the players which were considered to be “part time” jobs. Those that played in the 1960’s averaged $30,000 per year. By 1992 the average had grown to around $400 K but a few highly paid players skewed the average. In 2013 the average had grown to 1.9 million dollars.

Former Raider Dave Pear was on my show last week. He said the goal of the NFL and NFLPA in handling claims is to “deny until they die.”

Like most other players that retired before the 1993 CBA, he had to depend on the taxpayer via the workers compensation fund to get any help whatsoever. It is hard to believe that a Billion dollar a year business can force the taxpayers to fund those injured in the course of their uniquely dangerous employment.

The question now is what can the Federal Government do to solve these issues? First, the Attorney General needs to investigate the validity of the NFLPA to negotiate on behalf of the retired players. They also need to examine the amount of money set aside for retired players. Because the retired players had no representation in the negotiations, the existing agreements need to be struck down and restructured by a mediator.

The Labor department should also investigate how the NFL and NFLPA is allowed to under-fund health benefits and push the health costs to the taxpayer. While workers comp funds handle “normal” workers, dangerous professions like the police and fire departments are covered by special departments in most states. The same should be done for NFL players. Special risks demand special units that understand the issue that those people face.

Senators, we need your help in this. There are two teams in Ohio and thousands of retired players that are voters and that deserve your protection. Please help them with their issues not only for their sake but for the sake of taxpayers in the state. You both have the power to get this started and I have faith that if you do, you will be successful.

Thank you in advance for your help.

If you agree with me that this cause needs to be supported, please donate to help Dave Pear continue to get the truth out on . Thanks.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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