[QUOTE=crasherino;3531987]Firstly, I probably owe an apology to Ham and others who I referred to as crazy conspiracy theorists....I still think you're wildly off base, but apparently I'm more in the minority than I think.
But, just to debate the underlying premise, why would Goodell favor the Giants so greatly that he would risk his credibility to ensure that they got the opening game? While us fans think of MNF as an inconvenience, the league and teams view it as a positive, so overall, I'm not really sure that the Sunday game is that much better, on an overall front. Unlike spygate, this is a relatively inconsequential issue....why risk a cover up over something that he doesn't care about?
To me, the coin toss was simply an after thought and done quickly because they needed to go on with scheduling the season. Turning it into a media event seems all well and good for all of us, but that takes time and effort, something that the league wasn't really counting on. In retrospect, poorly conceived and thought out, but it makes perfect sense.
But, I guess I was rash in dismissing this POV. Any Pats/non-Jet fans want to weigh in on this? Honest opinion....do you think there's a chance that the coin toss was a sham? (obviously we don't know for sure).[/QUOTE]
Now you're asking some tough questions. Why is he favoring the Giants? My answer is I really don't know but it seems like the NFL always has.
Woody was extremely foolish to have the NFL as the arbiter in any dispute with the Giants. Heck it was the NFL that put the squeeze on Woody to go in with the Giants and save their face.
Why did the NFL rule in favor of the Giants on the dispute over where the Giants practice facility would be?
Why a few years ago when both the Jets and the Giants wanted the Thursday night for the the last preseason game did he rule in favor of the Giants the Jets had to play on Friday night?
Why did the NFL rule in favor of the Giants when the Giants said the Jets did not take down their banners fast enough after Jet games?
Can you ever remember a time when the NFL ruled in favor of the Jets on any dispute? I can't.
Maybe it's just the personality's involved. Maybe Mara/Tisch are just more respected then Woody amongst the owners. The [I]Times [/I] article came straight out and said that.
Now as to the part of why Goodell would risk his credibility. There's no easy answer to that but then again there is no easy answer as to why do the coin toss in private. Isn't that risking his credibility? I mean what would have been the big deal to have some team reps there (other then pissing off the Giants who did not want a coin toss - ummmm)? Is he that stupid to believe that this manner would raise questions?
I think he was a bit surprised by the fallout. Woody has serious grounds to be angry but of course Woody being Woody he went about it all the wrong way with the stupid press release on Saturday night.
Last edited by Queens Jet Fan; 03-19-2010 at 03:27 PM.