You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

And Another Thing


Save it, Rog


I knew it wouldn't be long into Roger Goodell's presser announcing the return of the NFL refs before I'd be compelled to turn it off in disgust.

Took about, I don't know, a minute.

It happened when Goodell said something about being sorry they "had to" put the fans through this. Click went the remote.

Had to put the fans through this?

Uh, no, Roger, you and the owners you represent didn't have to put the fans through anything. You chose to -- first by locking out the refs, then by dithering around until the Monday Nightmare forced your hand, in which case, hey, whatta you know, you got the deal done in 48 hours.

Which begs the question why you didn't get serious about it six weeks ago, if in the end it was this easy to get done. The answer, of course, is that greed trumped every other consideration, including the fans and the welfare of the players.

If you really cared about the fans, Rog, you and the owners would have gotten down to cases when you should have, instead of engaging in the usual posturing and bloviating. But you don't care about the fans, so you didn't.

So save the self-serving apology. It rings as hollow as a gourd.

Ben Smith's blog.