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One man’s solution to the Baltimore scheduling conflict: total capitulation by the weak and feeble baseball people!

Mar 19, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, speaks at a news conference announcing the Head Health Initiative, a collaboration between GE and the NFL, in New York

There are those who speak truth to power. Then there are those who cover the powerful and revel in that power as if it is some extension of their own power. Man, those folks are truly pathetic:

When it comes to being a sheriff – or, at least, playing one on TV – Roger Goodell has few peers in professional sports … And with all due (dis)respect to the displaced national pastime, it’s time for the Sheriff of Park Avenue to walk all over Selig, his MLB counterpart.

That’s Yahoo!’s football writer Michael Silver, whose argument for solving the Orioles/Ravens scheduling conflict mentioned earlier today is basically thus:

  • The NFL is strong and popular.
  • Major League Baseball is weak an unpopular.
  • The powerful and popular NFL should do whatever the hell it wants to and ignore the puny MLB.
  • When it does so, no courtesy should be extended MLB. Rather, Roger Goodell should flex his popular and powerful muscles.

I’m not even exaggerating. Check this out:

Does Selig seriously think he’s going to win this battle against the NFL, a league which dwarfs his in popularity and which has conspicuously refrained from flaunting its superiority? … The NFL could easily bully baseball, but for the most part, that doesn’t happen.

He ultimately tells Bud Selig that he should “take some money from Uncle Roger’s slush fund” move the game and come watch the Ravens game himself because that’s what God and Nature intended. And that the NFL should make no accommodations to baseball because, well, why should it?

Know what? In this instance I imagine something like that actually will happen. I bet the O’s-White Sox game gets moved and money is exchanged. But that’s sort of beside the point.

Because at the moment I’m mostly amazed at how many jollies this apparently professional journalist is getting by being on the same side of an issue as the Great and Mighty Roger Goodell, and I’m wondering how being enthralled with that power translates to his critical analysis of whatever else the NFL chooses to do.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    You get your panties in a bunch about way too may issues.

    Something tells me if it were the other way around, you’d be on Buds side to bully the NFL and have them move a night game to a day game.

    That being said, the NFL should play Wednesday night and avoid the issue.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Something tells me if it were the other way around, you’d be on Buds side to bully the NFL and have them move a night game to a day game.

      Yes, because the one thing I’ve learned from reading Craig’s work all these years is he’s a shill for MLB. You must have him confused with Florio and think this is PFT.

    • muscles1331 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      They can’t because Wednesday is Rosh Hashanah.

      Honestly they should just play it on Saturday night. The tradition they are so hellbent on keeping begin all the way back in… 2004.

  2. brazcubas - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    The Orioles game will likely be moved, as I can’t imagine either the Orioles, the White Sox, or MLB are all that invested in having the game precisely on that Thursday evening. However, since Goodell & Co. seem to believe the fate of the universe depends on the Ravens playing that Thursday, I would certainly suggest Selig hold out for fair compensation.

    Perhaps a nice chunk of change for the Orioles and for MLB, for all the logistical issues associated with moving the game, and maybe a breakfast upgrade for the White Sox during their stay.

    • borninfellspoint - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      Good one! Breakfast upgrade for the Sox. I love it!

  3. Kevin Gillman - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I know eventually it will be moved, but I wish MLB put a fight a bit more. I like NFL and all, but to me, there is nothing like Baseball.

  4. therealtrenches - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Michael silver is not the NFL. He just writes about it.

  5. macjacmccoy - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Or how you seem to be overly angry bc your on the side that will probably lose. What does that say about you?

    • kyzslew77 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      You sound pretty proud of yourself for being on the same side as Michael Silver, who is proud of himself for being on the same side as Roger Goodell. Says a lot about you. (As does your thinking that one side will “lose.” As does your inability to use the right your/you’re.)

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