Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M
Roger Goodell recently received a five-year contract extension from the NFL, and according to a report, his salary will “double” up to $20 million annually by the end of the deal…
MLB commissioner Bud Selig made $18.35 million in 2007, per Kaplan, and has since received two contract extensions. It is a logical assumption that Selig is paid more than $20 million annually at this point…
And while the response from NFL players on Twitter—Falcons wide receiver Roddy White wondered “How in the hell can [you] pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch”—hasn’t been ideal, it’s difficult to get too angry at what Goodell’s bringing in.
In an era of downsizing, layoffs, and record budget deficits, there's one guy who has managed to do alright for himself. His name is Roger Goodell. Like our good buddy Joe Ellis, Goodell managed to pull himself up from his bootstraps into the corporate leader he is today. If only we all had boots that went all the way up to our asses so we didn't have to reach too far.
Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right? Patrick Willis' mother abandoned him as a kid and his father beat the living snot out of him, and he made it, so I can't be too hard on Goodell for pursuing his own American dream as the son of a United States Senator. And who the hell am I to question $20 million for a guy who successfully limited the rookie pay scale?
Congratulations, Roger Goodell. You deserve every penny. And unlike Patrick Willis, you don't have to actually take the concussions to make a lot of dough off of football.
Plenty of (cap) room to improve
The Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers didn’t have enough remaining room to push money over into 2012, so Houston has $3.3 million of cap space and San Diego has $9.2 million. The Kansas City Chiefs have $62.995 million after budgeting $24.014 million from the 2011 season. The 2011 playoff teams in good shape are the Denver Broncos ($50.735 million of cap room), San Francisco 49ers ($39.33 million), Atlanta Falcons ($30.6 million) and New England Patriots ($20 million). To get to the $50 million mark, the Broncos carried over $26 million of unused cap.
Four teams still have to get under the salary cap by March 13. They are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have redone three contracts to be $11.7 million over, the Oakland Raiders ($11 million over), the Carolina Panthers ($9.6 million over) and the New York Giants ($7.3 million over).
Randy Moss celebrated his 35th birthday on Monday by announcing the end of his short-lived retirement. “I just wanna go to a team and play some football,” Moss said on a video posted at the website Ustream.tv, according to ProFootballTalk.com. He said Monday he retired because of issues he needed to address off the field, but his family has since told him, “It’s fine, whatever you wanna do.”
“Faith, family and football, that’s my M.O., bro,” Moss said in the video. “Your boy be back for the upcoming season.” The next question becomes what kind of interest the veteran will receive on the open market.
Interest from the Broncos? It would be shocking. Moss never saw a blocking assignment from which he did not recoil. And the Broncos' wide receivers always block.
This announcement does give us an excuse to watch this hilarious DJ Porter mix:
Ponte Vedra Bird Talks Tim Tebow
I love it when she says “touchdown” and she bops her head up and down.
I hate it when other people show me up. I've been trying to get Jesus Quintana (longtime readers will know what I'm talking about) to Tebow for about three months now.
The Drive hour 2 2/9/12
It’s all Josh McDaniels’ fault.
If you want an enjoyable listening experience (and enjoy a dry sense of humor), check out any of podcasts from The Drive today. Former Pro Bowler, Super Bowl winner, and greatest center in Broncos history, Tom Nalen, was a guest host. Nalen spoke about everything under the sun, including Knowshon Moreno, Tim Tebow, John Elway, Mike Shanahan, Tom Coughlin, beating Alfred Williams on the scout team, the Patriots' cheating scandal, Boston College, his favorite moments as a Bronco, and bowling.
In a nutshell, Nalen is deadly funny, and he said more today in a three hours than he did his entire Broncos career. It was an incredible listen.
Nalen had 15 kickass seasons with the Broncos. If he's not on your list of the top five players in Broncos history, he'd better be #6.
Chat with Bill Williamson
Mike newyork [via mobile]
Could peyton manning work in denver? i think it would be a good fit tebow could learn a lot from peyton.
Bill Williamson (2:34 PM)
I don’t think Denver will be a favorite to land Manning, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos thought about it. Hall of Famers like other Hall of Fmaers and I’m sure John Elway would be intrigued by the idea of working with Manning.
Daubenmire reflects on Tebow, faith and football
...The Bible actually teaches that we should, in fact, be like Tim Tebow. More of us should be. In a lot of ways, I said he was a mirror. For those of us that claim Christ, when you watch (Tebow), it reflects really how shallow we were in so many ways. We weren’t that way with our faith, and we didn’t share our faith. ... It made even the church world a little bit uncomfortable, because he was a little bit more radical than what we’re used to seeing…
...Christianity is in a slump because there’s no power. ... So people tuned in all across the world to watch (the Broncos) and see, would God do it again? Would another miracle happen? Could he do it again? So a lot of people tuned in not because they wanted to watch Tim Tebow, but just of the possibility that maybe there are miracles. Maybe God does intervene.
And could you believe it? When he threw that (game-winning) touchdown pass against Pittsburgh (in overtime of a playoff game). The world couldn’t believe it. He did it again!
When Jesus just won't do, watch Daubernmire's version of God intervene in another football game.
I just did a Bible search and couldn't find the name Tim Tebow anywhere. The damn thing is obviously out of date.
“Rob Gronkowski Dancing” Gets The Jersey Shore Mashup It So Richly Deserves
He’s young, he looks like a pretty hardcore alpha male bro, he enjoys the club scene and exposing his ripped physique – minus an Italian-sounding name, Rob Gronkowski has just about everything you could want in a Jersey Shore cast member. And now, thanks to that footage of his post-Super-Bowl dance night, we now know what it might look like if he joined the show’s cast.
Kravitz: Manning not “throwing like an NFL quarterback yet”
“I know some of the people that have seen him throw,” Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz said Tuesday on the Tony Kornheiser Show on 980 ESPN. “They say he’s not throwing like an NFL quarterback yet. That doesn’t mean he never will. This thing is going to take time. Structurally, he’s sound. Structurally, he can take a hit.”
The Gifted Young: Athlete An open letter from Kenny Powers to Tim Tebow
But the Gifted Young Athlete refuses to let the doubters $*&t in his Wheaties. To hell with science. The Gifted Young Athlete knows that he has something stronger. He has God on his side. So he presses on and keeps a good attitude, and every time he beats the odds in life he proves the experts wrong. Next thing you know, there are folks calling it a miracle. Maybe the Gifted Young Athlete is blessed by the Almighty, they say. Perhaps he really does have a f@#!ing angel on his shoulder.
And suddenly the experts don’t look like experts anymore. By now, our hero has upset a whole lot of people. There are those who simply don’t like the idea of a man being favored by God. They feel his special relationship with Jesus diminishes their own somehow. If Jesus loves the Gifted Young Athlete, what does he think of the rest of us? Bunch of a%$holes?
So the haters multiply, and soon the resentment reaches a boiling point. And that’s when the torches and pitchforks and long knives come out. Yes, the world is given a savior but they choose to crucify him instead. Who’d a thunk it? The same old f#$@in’ story.
Maybe that’s why Jesus likes us so much to begin with. He sees a little of himself in there.