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goodellStop me if I’ve told you this one, but after I accepted Jim Finks’ offer to join him in New Orleans in the summer of 1986, my old boss at the NFL Management Council, Jack Donlan, told me to find my replacement before I left New York. I thought it would be an easy matter finding an enthusiastic young up-and-comer to join Donlan in the NFL’s labor relations department. The Collective Bargaining Agreement, which came as the result of a 57-day players’ strike in 1982, would expire in another year, and Donlan needed a spokesman to represent the position of NFL owners. Surely, the first person I asked would jump at the opportunity.

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 falcons reverse    I was pulling so hard for the Seahawks during their fourth quarter rally Sunday.

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vilmaPaul Tagliabue's decision Tuesday to vacate discipline against current and former Saints players in the Bountygate episode was the right one, but it is disappointing that Commissioner Roger Goodell did not make it when he had the chance. Regular readers to this column will recall my September 12 column in which I climbed up on the commissioner's throne and pretended I had the power.

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payton2Now that the New Orleans Saints have gotten back on the road to redemption with their Monday Night Football win over the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s time for them to move on to the next opponent.  And, on to the next distraction too.

 

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clown2A Channel 6 sports reporter called last night to ask if I would comment on the legacy of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the 10 pm news.

 

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packersThe battered New Orleans Saints and the emotionally-bruised Drew Brees take on the flabbergasted Green Bay Packers Sunday in a Jim Mora coulda, woulda, shoulda moment.  For the Saints, it's what if bountygate had not occurred and Sean Payton were still in the pit.

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vilmaAccording to a declared affidavit signed by former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the New Orleans Saints had a "pay-for-performance/bounty program.   Here is a copy of the sworn affidavit.  The Affidavit was given to Jonathan Vilma, the New Orleans Saints linebacker who was suspended by Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner.

 

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gregg-williamsESPN: NFL gave Vilma affidavit from Gregg Williams citing bounty offer of 10,000
NFL gave Jonathan Vilma a sworn affidavit from former Saints DC Gregg Williams that the New Orleans LB offered $10,000 to any teammate who knocked Brett Favre out of the January 2010 NFC Championship game. More on ESPN and ESPN.com.

 

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Jonathan-Vilma-restaurant-no-Roger-GoodellRobert Griffin III, or RG3, the new NFL rookie sensation has begun to finish what Commissioner Goodell started--the systematic demolition of the New Orleans Saints football team.

He and his Washington Redskins won the opening game of season 2012, the year the New Orleans Saints have been hoping to return to the Super Bowl glory but this time would be playing at home in the Super Dome. 

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goodellThe NFL Players Association filed another losing motion this week when it asked federal judge Ginger Berrigan to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the suspensions of Will Smith and Scott Fujita. Berrigan must rule in the next day or two since the season, for everybody but Dallas and the Giants, begins Sunday. So the beat goes on.

But lost in all the discussion of a TRO's, a new NFL season, Sean Payton's vacation, interim head coaches and interims to the interim head coach is one big tuna can at the bottom of the New Orleans Saints' travel trunk. It is still only a faint smell, but the longer it sits and spoils, the more likely it will result in another stinker on the Saints reputation. If you recall, Saints owner Tom Benson retained former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct a complete and impartial investigation into the Bountygate scandal and its assorted tentacles.

 

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  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist
  • President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

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joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

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indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

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bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

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