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Could this conversation have occurred?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by keef spoon, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. keef spoon

    keef spoon Member

    Could this conversation have occurred between an official high up in ESPN management and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell?

    ESPN guy: Hey Rog, umm, it seems a lot of your guys are getting arrested lately. Pacman Jones, Tank Johnson, most of the Cincinnati Bengals. Look, we want to keep kissing your guys butts, just like Congress did in the '05 steroids hearings. We love your sport, the nation loves your sport, and we've got a keen interest in your success since we now run Monday Night Football. Heck, we lead SportsCenter with NFL news virtually every night, and NFL talk dominates shows like PTI and Around the Horn, even in March. So tell us, should we just sweep these stories under the rug and bury them? Totally your call.

    Goodell: No, you know what, play 'em up. Not too big, but big enough. What we'll do is come down hard on a few guys, like Pacman, and then everybody will pat us on the back for being the only league that has the stones to discipline its players. Everyone will sing hosannahs to both the league and the union. Our secret is that, as Bill Belichick has shown over the last several years, about 95 percent of all players are expendable -- even All-Pro safeties like Pacman. So we set a few examples, these players get easily replaced, and we move on.
    Just make sure you run a bunch of Pat Tillman stories to show America that NFL players are the only ones brave enough to fight for their country. Oh, and make sure you keep telling everybody that only baseball players use steroids and HGH. Got it?

    ESPN guy: Will do.
  2. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I'm always up for a good conspiracy theory... keep going
  4. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    You were there, weren't you.
  5. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    Isn't Pacman a safety?
  6. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Isn't he mentioned as a safety in the scenario?

    Could this convo have occurred? You know, considering the blurred journalistic lines -- call them soft focus -- ESPN has advnaced, it would not surprise me. But then again, since it's hypothetical -- it is hypothetical, right? -- it would surprise me.
  7. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    ESPN guy: Hey, you asked us to cancel Playmakers because it was embarassing in its depiction of NFL players? WTF? The Bengals? Hello?

    Commish: You make a good point.
  8. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Not one to judge, but could ESPN have cancelled Playmakers because it wasn't very good? Just one man's opinion.
  9. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Cold Pizza.
  10. ondeadline

    ondeadline Well-Known Member

    Looks like a fat lineman to me:

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