There are no great teams in the NFL….parity stinks…but Pete Rozelle would be happy



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“Great” is on IR and it looks like he may be retiring.

There are no great NFL teams. Hasn’t been one for a while. Future dynasties are for discouraged archaeologists to discover once they are done unearthing Egypt.

And, somewhere, Pete Rozelle is celebrating, by lifting a rusty nail, his favorite cocktail.

I will not participate in the toast.

I’ll watch it, but I often wish it was on the radio, and the theater of my mind would at least think it looked good.

Rozelle was and remains the Charlemagne of all stewards. He was a marketing genius, a man of big vision, with rock stars and $$$ in his eyes.

It was Pete who first realized the power and thus mint television to print money could become.

Insofar as he is no longer with us – plus the fact that we weren’t even acquaintances – I can only guess what he loved besides his family and football.

Parity.

Pete liked parity. He wanted it for The League – on the pitch. Other than that, he had already achieved tax parity for all of his franchises, forming a communist state in which everyone got an equal share of lettuce (and those veggies now make enough salad to feed everyone vegan).

Parity stinks.

The best team doesn’t always win. Great teams haven’t always won. But they are necessary. The Have Nots and their fans need the Haves as targets.

Of course, some teams are better than others. But, are there still real upheavals? An upheaval today beats the spread.

Not long ago I read that the NFL’s new way is the Rams’ way. The Chinese Qin dynasty lasted only 15 years. Empire Rams lasted six months.

Things have gotten so bad that even seasoned broadcasters tell us what we watch stinks (those who aren’t invested are too scared).

Did you watch those Thursday night games on Amazon Prime? USDA Prime is really USDA Select. The best.

There are reasons for this that cannot be reversed.

Bad decisions in coaching. Bad decisions in personnel evaluation, in draft and free agency. Scouts place too much emphasis on eye candy, physical things that have nothing to do with the ability to play football, instead of intangibles. Billionaire owners are only interested in the dollar. The fundamentals are gone without practice time, which can also lead to injury rash.

Divas abound, and they don’t always sing the right song. Catchers practice catching with one hand and continually fail to catch with two. Running wins, but coaches throw.

It’s about The Look now. The pretty and the sexy.

But millions of fantasy players and hardcore gamers are still watching, so the NFL can accommodate parity without worrying about the product. It works, so fixing it is out of the question.

But the football bible tells us that there is something of David and Goliath when an underdog defeats a great team.

Now David is throwing rocks at Davids. …

I see Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson fight next year for the Broncos’ starting quarterback position. …

His physical slippage is visible, but he sleeps with a cold Tom Brady and you wake up on hot coals. The Rams’ defense in the end against the Bucs (no timeouts) was so poorly designed that it should be sent to Canton’s “How Not to Play” wing. You don’t keep the sidelines? Alas, the genius of football is so fleeting. …

The Rams were outscored 71-10 in the fourth quarter. …

Brady has now passed over 100,000 yards (Downtown to San Clemente), 15,000 more than prolific Drew Bree. When it’s broken, receivers will wear jet packs. And always passes. …

Think of the hundreds of yards Brady lost. …

Tom can’t last more than 50 pitches per game, but the Bucs can’t run.

No broadcaster – no one, period – should refer to Tyreek Hill as “My Man”. Real men don’t beat and smother their pregnant girlfriends or get investigated for breaking that child’s arm. …

The Bucs and Seahawks are playing football this morning in Germany. The NFL bets American Nazis travel well. ……

After seeing the end of Bills-Jets, how can the competition committee look at this blatant pass interference against Stefan Diggs and not make PI reviewable? PI is too hard to call and often too important to be wrong,…

And too harsh. The Jets could have had a 69-yard penalty on a Josh Allen to throw. …

Rodgers apologizes, insisting he’s run out of fingers to point fingers at everyone but himself. …

To imagine, Cris Collinsworth saying the Chiefs have five players running 4.4 40s with a straight face (I guess it was straight; I couldn’t see it). Why perpetuate these myths when they may not be close to the truth? …

Here for jeff saturday, interim head coach of the Cols. I don’t know if he can lead a team (hopefully), but I’d love to cover for him. Hilarious. …

Jim Irsay is 99.9% ignorant. But when he calls NFL coaches “scared,” he couldn’t be more specific. Why are coaches “afraid”? Ignorant owners. …

There are complaints that Saturday never resulted. What about the large number of experienced assistants who are high and can’t run to the bathroom, let alone a team? …

The Rooney Rule is powerless, but please explain how it can be applied to an interim coaching hire? You’re gonna bring in 10 candidates for interviews the week of a match? …

jimmy johnson said, “This is the best Cowboys team I’ve seen.” So he never looked at his Super Bowl winners, who were the deepest in NFL history, so deeply that Dallas won despite losing so many players when free agency began? Nonsense. …

Ray Scott was the biggest football broadcaster. “It’s Hornung, at 15.” “Starr-Dowler, touchdown.” …

Whether Pete Carroll coached USC like he currently coaches Seattle, the Trojans wouldn’t have lost a game – and the few they did, he had something to do with it. Right now he is coach of the year. …

The Padres do it well. So far. …

Think about rich dionis the afterlife. Whether Saint Pierre don’t let him in, the Pearly Gates will be a piece of cake for him. It won’t be long before he’s having his picture taken and sipping wine with the three wise men. …

The biggest problem with hate is that while those who follow and never lead know what they hate, they don’t know why. …

Adam Silver says “without a doubt” Kyrie Irving is not an anti-Semite. How does he know? Just because Silver is Jewish, can he tell from a conversation? …

Do Californians really believe that rejecting sports betting prevents them from performing? The annual estimate of illegal bets in the United States? Over $300 billion. …

Making fun of the mentally and physically handicapped and the sick has become an un-American manner. All this cruelty, just to vote in clowns who quickly forget who voted for them? …

This is not the best season for colorful ocean phenomena, such as the Crimson Tide and the Red Wave. …

My granddaughter’s first grade class teacher asked the kids to name their favorite dish. AryaThe answer: “Meat”. Atta girl. A piece of old butcher block.