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And Another Thing


A season too far

NFL's plan to go to 18 games is idiotic

And on a related note ... sometimes I think Roger Goodell is the smartest man in professional sports, and sometimes I think he's about three oboes shy of an orchestra.

Case in point: The push to expand the NFL season to 18 games.

No, no, and -- one more time, just for effect -- no.

All you have to do is look at what's happened the last two weeks in the NFL to understand that more is not more in this case. The teams that have already sewed up playoff spots are smoking their tires putting on the brakes. Teams that are playing out the string are, um, playing out the string. And Goodell wants to add two more weeks of this?

Because, listen, if playoff-bound teams think they're weary now, just add two more games. We'll be getting teams "resting" their players with a month left in the season, if they're in a position to do so. Is that really what Goodell thinks is good for the league?

Look. The NFL season already runs longer than the reign of the Tudors. Adding two more games just means that many more players get hurt. And it turns the end of the season into even more of a second preseason than it is already.

Enough is enough. Actually, too much.

Ben Smith's blog.