Here's something I hadn't thought about during all the nonsensical hubub over commissioner Roger Goodell's coin toss Friday that will allow the Giants to play the first regular-season game in the new stadium.
Will Woody Johnson's outrage over its secrecy, capped by an angry statement issued last night, put in jeopardy Goodell's support for the new Meadowlands Stadium hosting the 2014 Super Bowl? Commissioners tend to take criticism personally, especially when an owner essentially accuses him of rigging the process.
"An NFL coin toss has a few fundamental elements that are missing here, most notably the presence of the teams involved," he said in a statement released by the team last night. "That's how it's always done in the League, whether it’s determining the order of the draft or deciding who’s going to kick off the game.
"When the issue of which team would be hosting the first regular season game could not be resolved on the merits, I suggested a coin toss as the fairest way to resolve this issue. The League rejected that idea. Then, I was told on Friday that a coin toss had taken place at the League office and that the Jets had lost. We rejected a process in which neither team was present. The League departed from our time-honored tradition and declined the opportunity to set the matter straight with a transparent process."
Here's Gary Myers' take on it. Now, Gary and I don't agree a lot of the time, but he does have a point. Woody might have gotten himself -- maybe both organizations -- in a heap of trouble here. At the very least, Goodell should probably call him in and say, "Woody, you got some 'splainin' to do!"
What do you guys think? And when you're doing your own 'splainin', let's remember to keep families and other noncombatants out of it, okay?
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