THE PESSIMIST: Glazers, Goodell Must Step UpDecember 22nd, 2008
No surprise to learn the NFL is doing its Monday best to make sure the Dallas Cowboys make the playoffs and the Bucs stay home. Today the NFL announced that the Cowboys-Eagles game has been moved to a 4:15 p.m. start in Philadelphia on Sunday.
If the Bucs beat the Oakland Raiders at 1 p.m. in Tampa on Sunday, the Eagles will enter their Dallas game eliminated from the playoffs, and significantly less motivated to beat the Cowboys. In that scenario, the Cowboys would make the playoffs with a win in Philly and Tampa Bay would be eliminated.
If the NFL cared more about the integrity of the games than TV ratings, it would not have made the switch. The Glazers need to scream loudly at this injustice. And Roger Goodell must be shamed into doing what’s right for the fans and players.
Isn’t Goodell’s primary job to protect the integrity of the league?
Everybody moans when officials are too involved in the outcomes of games. The league intentionally affecting results is unforgiveable.