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Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Scott you and stlbucsfan are right on. I have been thinking about this for a while now. Football is a violent game and that is part of the attraction. I don’t like seeing players injured and believe in improving the technology of the equipment such as space age helmets. However, PC has even taken over this great game. I believe Goodell has an agenda to feminize the game so females can play it. I have nothing but females in my family and I love them all. I believe strongly in gender equality, but don’t want to see them play football. Within 3 – 5 years (no joking here) he will rule that the QB cannot be touched at all and the white flag tucked into his pants has to be grabbed and thrown to the turf to signify a sack.
    I spent the first 60 years of my life as a player and then a major fan of football. I no longer watch it because it bores me for reasons you outlined above. I still watch the Bulls (alma mater) and Gators because college football has not been politicized as much and still is a sport. The only pro games that interest me are Buc’s games and I have learned to only watch them if they won. Goodell has ruined the game for me.

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    “I’m not looking for players to get injured, but NFL players do know the risks associated with the sport and are paid handsomely to play a kids game.”
    Scott, I teach business in college and what you are talking about here is what we call a risk premium. That is why window washers make more money than other semi-skilled workers. These players , in just a few short years will make 10-25 times more money than even the best paid managers will ever make in their lifetimes. They make that money because they willing accept the risk associated with the sport.
    “Mankind has always adored brutality in sport, from the days of ancient battle in the Coliseum in Rome, to boxing to MMA fighting.”
    Yes, and that’s why we watch it among other reasons.

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    That’s also why Jerry Springer is so popular.

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      scubog, I watched Springer’s show once for about two minutes and was nauseated. There’s a difference between a sports purist and ridiculous trash. Still, your point is well taken.lol

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    For me, it was the league’s refusal to strip the Patriots of their titles and flagrant calls for higher-revenue teams like the Steelers that made me realize this wasn’t the game I loved playing with my friends. It was a business and an oligarchy that knows everyone makes more money when certain teams win. Goodell is just the messenger. When Gruden was fired something broke in me, and I haven’t spent a dime on the NFL since. Do I watch games with some interest? Yes, but I used to live and die on what the Bucs did on Sundays. Now I just don’t feel that emotional connection to the sport or even the Bucs anymore.

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    Goodell is a clown. He’s been terrible. They are runining NFL with stupid rules. He has no consistency either.

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    I agree also whatever can do to limit injuries with technology is fine but there is no proof any of the stupid new rules have cut down one bit on concussions. You don’t want a concussion then don’t play. Other than that it’s going to happen.

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    Goodell is the worst commissioner of all time and that is saying something considering bud selig was awful for mlb. If you hit someone legal but hard,you can look for a flag to be thrown.I can not wait until this guy gets the hell out of the nfl, but I think he would make a hell of a commissioner for tennis.the guy is just a idiot,one can not deny this!

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    Yes, fredster! What if we imposed rules boxing to vastly reduce concussions? What if we put WWF competitors in body armor?

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    Good stuff Scott.
    It’s no secret that fans hate Goodell. Being the mouth piece of the owners and in general not recognizing the fan base might be the downfall of the NFL. It seems that he is taking some elements from the professional wrestling. No other sport has there players coming into the playing field through a smoke tunnel. Don’t know about Basketball, don’t watch it. Some people watch the Super Bowl just to see the commercials. Over blown bad halftime shows and over extended TV time outs so we can watch more TV commercials.
    I have always been a fan of NHL. But football was what I waited for every Sunday. Hockey seems to be sticking with their sport and not trying to modify their product to make more and more money. I mean how much money can these guy amass and spend.
    I still watch the BUCS , but have little interest in other teams.
    I pretty much quit watch ESPN or any other mainstream coverage of football also.
    Who cares about Dallas, Patriots, Eagles, Redskins or any of the 8 or 9 teams they feature. Their fans for sure, but coverage of other teams are rare.
    Money rules everything in todays world.

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    I must admit that for some reason as I’ve grown older the NFL has become less important to me. It used to be that when the Bucs lost (which was quite frequently) I was miserable until Wednesdays. Now, when they lose, I’m over it by Monday afternoon. My Monday’s usually started off with “What happened to your Bucs?” Now, apathy has returned and grown with each disappointing season since Gruden and Kiffin left.

    I think a lot of it is the over-saturation of NFL related news and information. We are inundated with it round the clock. It used to be we’d try to find any little tidbit of news that we might share with fellow fans. I’d listen to Mark Champion on the radio and seek out any other available source that would increase my knowledge of what was going on behind the scenes.

    Used to be three games on Sunday and one on Monday night. Now we have another game on Sunday night, Thursday night and sometimes two on Monday. I like a good Shorty’s hot dog and gravy fries and look forward to our trips back to southwestern Pa. to enjoy it, but eating it every week would make it less satisfying.

    I’m over hearing about the Patriots, Broncos and Cowboys constantly. I’m tired of seeing Jerry Jones, Odell Beckham Jr. and Tom Brady . I’m no longer amused by the silly antics displayed on the pre-game shows. Give me Trent Dilfer and Chris Collinsworth and their intellectual insight.

    I don’t know if Goodell is to blame or if the league in general just thinks it is reacting to consumer demand. Since Goodell attended Washington-Jefferson College in my hometown, he no doubt experienced a Shorty’s hot dog and gravy fries too. So maybe he’s not all bad.

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    I don’t like Roger Goodell, either. In fact, I would not have found Pewter Report in the first place if someone on another Bucs blog hadn’t chewed me out for criticizing Goodell too often. However, my reasons for disliking Goodell are very different from stlbucsfan’s. Goodell cares far too much about the image of the game in the form of public relations. He’s terrified that a player will be accused of doing something– whether he did it or not– and therefore punishes players, for example, for being arrested. That’s a terrible way of trashing our justice system’s presumption of innocence. He also overreacts to actual wrongdoing in a way that is proportionate to how much publicity a particular incident is getting on gossip TV. The Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, not to mention Tom Brady, stand out as examples. None of them should have received the severe punishments he handed down, and Goodell wouldn’t have handed them down if he wasn’t afraid of looking weak.

    Anyone who is afraid of looking weak is in the bad habit of paying too much attention to their fears. In other words, I think he’s a coward. A coward who’s been given entirely too much power to act as judge, jury, and appellate judge. There are no checks and balances on his power except for the NFLPA and the actual court system. That means challenging him is too costly. The NFLPA isn’t going to have a strike to save any individual player. Individual players have to fork out bazillions to lawyers to sue.

    However, I think he’s right in trying to do as much as possible to reduce the impact of brain injuries in the game. If you disagree, you should watch the film Concussion, which is based on the pathologist who discovered the CTE phenomena. The film also paints Goodell in a bad light as someone who was only trying, at least initially, to pay lip service to the pathologist’s findings. These brain injuries are frequent (perhaps 28% of all NFL players), severe (causing constant pain, memory loss, delusions, paranoia, and loss of self control).

    If anything, we now know that boxing is definitely a sport that destroys the human brain, and football destroys a good portion of them. I’m not sure either sport is sustainable, given the seriousness of the damage. The current round of rule changes are much like adding filters to cigarettes, or getting people to cut down on their chain smoking. We’re going to have to decide if we like football players or whether we just like football. No amount of money or fame can compensate you for severe brain injuries that lead to suicide. The game’s going to have to change in much bigger ways in order to endure.

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    First, it is fans like me who are doing the most complaining about the Thursday night games. I haven’t heard an excessive amount of complaints over time from Buccaneer, Falcons or other NFL players. I think it would be appropriate if coaches and Gms complained more about them during the off seasons.

    I would eliminate the “traditional” games on Thanksgiving as well. I think that it would be better for the health of all the players If there was a consistency from week to week with the Monday night games being the lesser impact exception to their routines. I think that this might actually help to keep a higher quality of game on average. The owners would all still be making their money.
    I love football and I still enjoy the NFL. If they keep messing with their success they might just lose me as a fan.
    Oh well, I am just one person and one voice.
    Go Bucs!!!
    See If you can summon up enough “want to” to overcome the Falcons tonight!
    Go Bucs!!!

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