Roger Goodell, concussions and marijuana...

Snow makes NFL consider change of date for Super Bowl

Roger Goodell, concussions and marijuana...
January 23, 2014, 10:45 pm
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This of course means that players will now demand to be put through the concussion protocol even for turf toe.
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The 10-day forecast in Met Life Stadium County is mid-20s and possible hints of snow. Obviously, the deity in charge of making people happy hates us. We need a much greater commitment from the polar vortex than this.


Bovada’s list of Super Bowl prop bets is a hoary old perennial of pregame fun, but it seems clear to me that the right amount of money and one Fox producer with debts to cover can completely throw the “How many times will TV show Archie and/or Eli Manning?” lines of 2 ½ and 3 ½ respectively.

Indeed, of the more than 500 prop bets, many of the TV-related ones can be jimmied, and frankly, the NFL has enough problems without finding out its telecasts can be fixed.

You think this can’t happen? Hah! I work with know producers. I know producers, and I know what they get paid more or less. Frankly, you can buy most of them with a bag of Tootsie Roll Pops. In sum, if you must play the props, stay away from the TV stuff, because...


Roger Goodell is a lot of things, but stupid isn’t one of them. Confronted with a Super Bowl played by teams that represent states who have legalized marijuana, he has neatly piggybacked that little annoyance with an announcement that he is willing to consider medical marijuana as a form of concussion treatment, via USA Today.

This of course means that players will now demand to be put through the concussion protocol even for turf toe, and for announcements like “So-and-so has a concussion; he is undergoing the protocol and we expect a return by Christmas.”


Yep, Richard Sherman is now yesterday’s news, because Keyshawn Johnson and Eric Dickerson have spoken out in favor of Justin Bieber’s arrest for DUI drag racing. Johnson, who is a neighbor of Bieber’s and has complained about his vehicular peculiarities before, tweeted, “They finally caught HIM! Glad no one was hurt, no kids in the street. Everyone grows up at some point. Hopefully he learns from it.”

And Eric Dickerson, another neighbor, chimed in with, “It's about time! Nobody's above the law!”

Question: What kind of real estate agent allows clients to live in an area that has thugs like Justin Bieber in residence?


Your David Stern Ascends To The Office Directly Above Adam Silver Countdown: T-minus-9, or the day before Super Bowl – the attention hog.

In an unrelated note, Mike Pettine’s employment clock with the Cleveland Browns has also begun, and based on his predecessor’s stay, he is at F-minus-353. F, of course, stands for firing.


Courtesy CBS Radio, Brandon Jacobs sees you Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin and raises you...


Greg Maddux’s apparent decision to go into the Hall of Fame without a designated logo for his cap suggests that he regards his six starts with the Dodgers to be the happiest time of his life. Either that, or the Las Vegas native wants to go in as a ’51, and wouldn’t that be cooler still? Yes, and here’s why.

If you say that shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame, you shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame.


And finally, a weather update for Sunday’s Pro Bowl: Night and morning clear skies and warm temperatures, and during the game scattered lousy entertainment and complete and utter pointlessness. Dress, and view, accordingly.