Roger Goodell wants to make football an Olympic sport
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Roger Goodell gets Olympic fever, comes up with his worst idea ever

8/3/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIREDespite the fact that it would be nice to get Team USA another automatic gold medal, Roger Goodell's aspirations of American football in the Olympics are moronic, at best.

Goodell has been active in trying to grow the sport internationally, and keeps talking about an NFL franchise in London (another terrible idea, by the way).

Now, he's saying that he has started the necessary steps to have his sport considered as possibly an Olympic sport.

"Absolutely. We’re already taking steps to gain that IOC recognition. We have, I think, 64 countries that are playing American football now, and that’s one of the requirements. That’s been growing dramatically — I think it was 40 just five years ago."

I want the US to win as many medals as possible, but this seems like a cheap way to get it done. Also, it's just not a sport that works with the Olympic format.

The Olympics last about two weeks. That means, at the absolute most, a team could play 3 games, if they played on the very first and very last days of the entire Olympics. Realistically, that leaves room for an 8-team single elimination tournament, at the absolute most.

The real problem, however, is that American football simply isn't an international sport. It's certainly the most popular sport in the US, but takes a back burner everywhere else.

You could take a decent high school team from the United States, and they'd probably wipe the floor with pretty much every other country, simply because the other countries don't train nearly as hard as we do, and don't care nearly as much as we do about football.

I understand that Goodell wants to further his legacy by trying to expand the sport on an international level, but let's crawl before we walk, shall we?

Olympic basketball is embarrassing enough, with the Americans blowing out teams by 83 points. Football would be even worse on the scoreboard, and would likely result in quite a few injuries to opponents, as well.

Call me crazy, but that's just not the Olympic spirit.
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8/9/12   |   ladyhuckleberry   |   43 respect

ladyhuckleberry wrote:
What da Hell? Now he wants to ruin more lives? Give me a damned break. When his contract comes up for renewal how quick can you say not no but hell no? Let him go on that one way trip to wherever and never show his mug again. He was trusted by the Players Association and we see whata damned mistake that was. And now this. My dawg(s) the 4 legged one and the Big Dawg Daddy could run things a hellva lot better than what this bozo can. God forbid if he's allowed to stay employed by the League at contract renewal time.

Oh hell no, this jerk has to go. Bid Selig has to come back or either Pete Rozell. I'm tellin ya I can't stomach GODell much more. When he starts to cry and whine because of not bein able to prove anything on Jonathan, Will, Anthony, Scott his cryin's goin to be enuff to deal with. Pleassssssssssssssse get rid of his ass NOW>

8/7/12   |   Jess   |   34472 respect

ladyhuckleberry wrote:
What da Hell? Now he wants to ruin more lives? Give me a damned break. When his contract comes up for renewal how quick can you say not no but hell no? Let him go on that one way trip to wherever and never show his mug again. He was trusted by the Players Association and we see whata damned mistake that was. And now this. My dawg(s) the 4 legged one and the Big Dawg Daddy could run things a hellva lot better than what this bozo can. God forbid if he's allowed to stay employed by the League at contract renewal time.

And I think he just signed some sort of extension recently, taking him to 2018 (I may be wrong)

8/6/12   |   ladyhuckleberry   |   43 respect

What da Hell? Now he wants to ruin more lives? Give me a damned break. When his contract comes up for renewal how quick can you say not no but hell no? Let him go on that one way trip to wherever and never show his mug again. He was trusted by the Players Association and we see whata damned mistake that was. And now this. My dawg(s) the 4 legged one and the Big Dawg Daddy could run things a hellva lot better than what this bozo can. God forbid if he's allowed to stay employed by the League at contract renewal time.

8/6/12   |   jnnwalls   |   6 respect

Jess wrote:
I love American Football as much as the next guy (actually I think maybe even more than most), but even I think this idea is ridonkulus. It is actually pretty indicative of how elitist (is that the word I'm looking for?) American sports fans can be.

Go Broncos u can do it.

8/5/12   |   NittanyJon   |   244 respect

I think Rog has too much time on his hands. Another dumb idea. Besides an 18 game schedule.

8/4/12   |   anthonyrichardlouisnaught   |   1753 respect

Roger Goddell and that retard Mitt Romney are too elitist for me and they both should be made to be targets for the Archery contests coming up.

8/4/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
I love American Football as much as the next guy (actually I think maybe even more than most), but even I think this idea is ridonkulus. It is actually pretty indicative of how elitist (is that the word I'm looking for?) American sports fans can be.

Elitist is the perfect word for it. It describes Goodell perfectly, and yes, can definitely describe American sports fans, especially the ones who are football uber alles.

8/4/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

jjh8857 wrote:
The Olympics last 17 days. How could there be a tourney of any kind when teams usually only play 2 games within that time frame.

If you play a game on Day 1, you could maybe play another on day 6 with a 4-day rest, and then on day 11 with another 4-day rest, and then day 17 with 5 days rest. That would open up the possibility of a 16-team tournament.

That having been said, I think that would be one of the most grueling schedules in football history, and we'd see so many injuries that they'd eliminate it after one try.

More realistically, they could have games on days 1, 8/9, and 15/16/17 in a 3-round tourney, which would leave room for 8 teams.

At that point, it's not really even worth competing, if you can only have 8 teams participate.

8/3/12   |   Jess   |   34472 respect

I love American Football as much as the next guy (actually I think maybe even more than most), but even I think this idea is ridonkulus. It is actually pretty indicative of how elitist (is that the word I'm looking for?) American sports fans can be.

8/3/12   |   jjh8857   |   322 respect

The Olympics last 17 days. How could there be a tourney of any kind when teams usually only play 2 games within that time frame.

8/3/12   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7349 respect

Didn't I see where every other country in the world has maybe EIGHT players? 

8/3/12   |   marcus_nyce   |   26950 respect

I like this ONLY because Canada could medal, lol. Definitely silver with a real good chance at gold if the US fields some kind of AAU/high school team.