Meet The Commish

So, we’re about 1/3 of the way through the NFL season and what have we discovered?  Well, plenty of course.

For starters, what happened last season means nothing this season.  How else to explain the fact that the team with the best record in 2008, the Tennessee Titans (at 13-3), has flopped to an unthinkable 0-6 start, their worst start in 25 years – when they were still the Houston Oilers.

Countless storylines (from the return of Tom Brady and resurgence of Brett Favre to the emergence of Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos) have captured the imagination and so many more tales will continue to unfold as the season carries on.

But the most important lesson is that, of course, we still care.  The NFL has a special quality that elevates it to a level (at least here in the States) far beyond the other professional sports leagues.

It’s hard to believe that the man in charge, Commissioner Roger Goodell, is already in his fourth season at the helm.  The great John Feinstein caught up with the commish for a feature in today’s Parade Magazine.  Despite the salacious and misleading headline (“Can the NFL Chief Clean Up the Game?”), it’s a good read.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Goodell is a football lifer and you will appreciate the passion that he has for the game and the NFL.  He has always seemed like the right man for the job at the right time and nothing has changed during his tenure, despite the inherent challenges involved with managing a brand as iconic as the National Football League.

Somewhere out there is a future NFL Commissioner who, like Goodell, slept with his first football as an impressionable 6-year old.  In the meantime, this league is in good hands for the present and the foreseeable future.

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~ by acm213 on October 18, 2009.

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