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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

To And From Roger Goodell; An Exercise in Petulance

Like many on the NFL mailing list, I received an email from Roger Goodell about his work with the players' union and their walking out of negotiations.

Goodell writes, "While we are disappointed with the union's actions, we remain steadfastly committed to reaching an agreement that serves the best interest of NFL players, clubs and fans, and thank you for your continued support of our League. First and foremost it is your passion for the game that drives us all, and we will not lose sight of this as we continue to work for a deal that works for everyone."

Well Roger, you've really missed the boat.  The people you ALL should be apologizing to are not the players, the club owners, or the fans.  Who you should be apologizing profusely to are all those who will be financially devastated by this exercise in petulance -- from the ticket takers who work for minimum wage, the food vendors, the small businesses who provide the cups and plates,  to those just getting by and are able to put food on their tables by providing services when the games are played -- those often forgotten in these million dollar deals.  These are the people from whom you should be begging forgiveness.   Frankly, you, the players' union, all of you should be ashamed of yourselves.

13 comments:

Kimberly said...

BRAVO!!!

Jay said...

Those people who you just talked about come right after the fans on the list of people the NFL and the players don't give a crap about.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

I agree. I don't watch football, but I do feel for the people who will lose their jobs because of this disagreement.

Linda Reeder said...

Oh, well said.

Happyone :-) said...

Very well said!!!

Retired English Teacher said...

Well said indeed.

Tracy said...

Great point! I truly think that once an athlete or anyone who rises to the upper echelon of financial success has NO CONCEPT of what it means to struggle and put food on the table for your family. NOR do they care...it is all about them and how rich they can be and how much more money they can make ...it infuriates me!

vanillabeanbaker said...

I'll bet there was a note on the email *Do Not Respond To This Message* Too bad because Mr. Goodell really should see your response. Perhaps a letter to the editor from you is in order. Just cut and paste your blog post and hit send.

Deb said...

Amen.

Deb said...

All so true.

forsythia said...

I'm not much of a sports follower, but I have been stealthily following your blog and it's time to say "hello." I enjoy your writing.

Bilbo said...

Absolutely on target! I have no sympathy for players and owners who make tens of millions and yet are willing to strike and quibble in order to get more. Stick with dancing...the people are much more reasonable.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Amen Kathy... That was well-said!!!! All of the bigshots (owners, players, etc.) are ALL about more MONEY... Nothing else matters to them--especially the little people who work at the stadiums....
Hugs,
Betsy