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Monday, December 21, 2009

Chad UnoCinco

"Are you serious?!"
-Chad Ochocinco


A quote in response to the NFL not allowing Chad to pay homage to the late Chris Henry by wearing his number in today's game.

A quote in which a lot of people can agree with.

Including me.

The NFL is already on my bad side. As time goes on, it seems as if I get more and more frustrated with this stupid "business." I may be in the minority, but I extremely dislike Roger Goodell. I feel like he is turning the game that America loves so much into an un-entertaining game of paddy cake between Girl Scouts. I wish Paul Tagliabue would come back.

There, I admitted it.

Honestly, if there was a "If 1,000,000 People Join This Group The NFL Will Bring Back Paul Tagliabue As Commissioner" group on Facebook, I would join it. I know it wouldn't do any good because it would probably be created by some high school kid who has a bet with one of his friends that he could get a bunch of people to join a Facebook group that he created. Kind of like those groups proposing to bring a "Dislike" button to Facebook. It's NEVER going to happen, no matter how many groups you join. But this is all beside the point.

The point is that Roger Goodell is taking his position a little too seriously. Does he not realize that he could mandate the league play with Nerf balls while wearing leotards in every game and people would still watch religiously? Ease up. Loosen your collar a bit. Let the league be entertaining again. And for the love of St. Francis, let someone pay their respects to a fallen teammate and friend by letting them wear their jersey without fining them. Good gosh.

I never thought I would be saying this, but Goodell could take a page out of Bud Selig's book.

Yeah, I said it.

Bud Selig: quite possibly the dumbest commissioner (next to Gary Bettman of the NHL) in major sports. (However, I have been appreciating Bud more and more each season.)

Yet, Roger Goodell could learn a thing or two from Mr. Selig when it comes to paying respect through your sport.

Two years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. went to Bud Selig asking him if he could wear the coveted #42 on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15th.

The #42 is retired amongst every team in the Major Leagues. It's the most cherished number in the game and the only number in ANY sport that is retired by the whole league.

Bud Selig lifted this rule for Junior and a few others who wanted to pay their respects to Jackie Robinson for the one day.

A year later, Selig went above and beyond the call of respect and mandated that every player on every team wear #42.

Now, I know baseball is a lot different than football.

I know #15 is not #42.

And I know Chris Henry is far from Jackie Robinson.

But that doesn't negate that fact that Roger Goodell is heartless. And like Kanye, I want to know, "How could you be so heartless?"

I see a striking resemblance between these two. Maybe not so much on the outside, but they have identical personalities.

Chad Ochocinco wasn't asking to wear the jersey on this date every year. He wasn't asking to change his number midseason. All he wanted was to wear #15 for the sixty minutes of his game on Sunday. Just over 72 hours after his friend and teammate passed away.

When the league heard of this plan they told Ochocinco no and warned him that he would be fined if he went through with it. After this news broke, the NFL Players Association spokesperson George Atallah came forward and said that they would cover the fine for Chad. But of course, that is "against league rules" as well. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if Goodell made it "against league rules" for the players to skip out on practice or meetings to attend Chris Henry's Memorial Service on Tuesday.

What is the worst that could come from this? Or furthermore, is there anything negative that could come from this? I apologize for getting so heated, but Goodell, you are an inconsiderate prick. Put your "business" aside for one afternoon and consider other people's lives.

You may be saying, "There are other people in the League offices who are to blame for this mess." Yeah, I know that. But as the commissioner, he could waive any rule for one game. Especially a rule as small as not getting fined for wearing a different jersey.

All he cares about is jersey sales and contract money. And if Chad were to wear #15 for one game it would cost the NFL, a company that could probably buy most African countries. A company that could probably single handedly bring our country out of our economic troubles. A company that owns both Park Place and Boardwalk... and has hotels on both!

Chad, we would like to apologize to you on behalf of the NFL: The No Fun League. It's a shame that your employer won't let you honor a man who had such an impact on your team, your community, and your life. We here at Korked Bats appreciate your rebellious attitude to help continue making the game entertaining, because that's what it is. An entertainment business.

One thing is for sure: your 49-yard touchdown reception today would have been a whole lot sweeter in the number 15.

Out thoughts and prayers have been with Chad, the entire Bengals team, and most importantly the friends and families of Chris Henry.

Rest In Peace, #15.


3 comments:

Tim said...

The entire thing is a real shame. I remember the year that the Redskins played with only 10 players to remember Sean Taylor and how special even a simple act like that was for his memory.

Keith said...

intense post.
Good work.

Anonymous said...

nfl.com's point system had ocho scoring 15 points in fantasy.
great post, austin

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