The Roger Goodell news conference just finished and it was a perfect example of Football basics.
Despite the media’s fascination with the NFL.supposed domestic violence situation (I say “supposed” because the numbers among players is smaller than the public at large, then again one might assume one of the possible causes of tension in a relationship, financial problems, would naturally be smaller) and the fans willingness to let this pass, the obsession of a media anxious to not discuss the Obama administrations relative failures this close to an election has caused many sponsors unease.
One of the most basic talents of a football player is to block. Even if your other skills are weak if you are an effective blocker you have an excellent chance of making a 55 man roster of the NFL. Good blocking wins games.
That’s what the Goodell press conference is all about.
By holding a long press conference and answering many questions (even if many of those answers were vague) he appears to be open to critique. By taking responsibility he deflects problems from their sponsors. By announcing a series of programs he gives other people skin in the game for NFL money to continue to flow and finally by saying all will be done by the Super Bowl he makes it more likely that the story can fade for most of this season so everyone can make their bucks and enjoy their games.
In other words he was an effective blocker for the league, the sponsors and the players.
I’ll wager a lot of NFL coaches would like to see that kind of blocking on their team this season.
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Mankind has always lived in a state of chaos. The above headlines are examples of contemporary chaos, but one only has to browse through Barbara Tuchman’s excellent book, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century to realize chaos is nothing new.
Whether the chaos is more or less imminent or more or less acute, the truth is that war, disease, and the Seven Deadly Sins (the vices known as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony, not the TV show) are part and parcel of man’s constant struggle on earth.
But so is gratitude. The dictionary defines gratitude as “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful,” but I have in mind a more specific form of gratitude.
By gratitude, I mean gratitude for God’s Grace granting us the ability and the strength to rise above our nature, to overcome hurdles, to struggle against evil.
So I today I’m starting the weekend with Psalm 118:24, which opens the Episcopalian Mass on Easter Day:
This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
In times of struggle, Psalm 118 always comes in handy. It is also very timely.
Blogging on politics shall resume shortly.
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Yesterday while the Scots were deciding to stand pat the Senate followed the House in approving funding to train the Syrian Rebels in the campaign vs ISIS as part of the continuing resolutions to fund government.
That’s not what this bill was supposed to be.
The unwillingness of a deal to be made on spending and Harry Reid unwillingness to pass any of the normal appropriations bills were meant to protect the left. The timing of this latest continuing resolution was designed to put the GOP in a box just before the election when it came to shutting down the government or not. All of the left was prepared, from the media to the smallest staffer to talk about republican irresponsibility in holding up and/or delaying checks just before it was time to vote in November.
And then ISIS got in the way.
With the Beheading of American and British citizens in a very public fashion the game had changed, suddenly instead of a debate on spending and government shutdowns to hit the GOP at election time we had a debate about war with ISIS, and not just war with ISIS but arming the Syrian rebels, a highly dubious and quite debatable proposition in itself, all for the sake of preserving protecting and defending the poll numbers of the President of the United States and his perception as a leader.
And without a stand alone declaration of war or force authorization resolution this would be the vote on war: Do we fight or do we not?
So instead of a united Democrat party watching a divided GOP try to make a deal with their Tea Party wing putting them in a bad spot with their base you saw a vote and debate on a subject that highlighted the Democrat divisions with a base that bitterly opposed war in Iraq when George Bush was fighting it.
It just goes to show you that plans, however solid they seem to be when you make them, are subject to the realities on the ground and must be modified accordingly
Let’s hope as this war begins the administration takes that reality to heart