Can someone please explain something to me? I’ve always thought throwing a game was a serious offense and any player, organization or official involved would be subject to fines, suspension or a prison sentence….
Just look at what happened to former NBA referee Tim Donaghy. When it was determined he was making bets on games and allegedly giving tips to members of organized crime, all hell broke loose. He was thrown out of the league, publicly disgraced and even went to prison….
A panicked David Stern then organized a cover up, laughably stating that Donaghy “acted alone” and was a “rogue offial.” Stern refused to have independant investigatos look into the matter and wrapped up his “investigation” in about 10 minutes….
Everyone was outraged and Donaghy’s name will forever be remembered as “disgraced.”….
So here’s what I need explained: Why isn’t the Indianapolis Colts organization under investigation for “compromising the integrity of the game?”….
Last Sunday, the undefeated Colts held a 15-10 lead over the Jets and certainly were going to win. With Peyton Manning at the controls and the Jets struggling offensively, Indy was going to pull away in the second half, go to 15-0 and give Manning a chance to make history….
Instead, head coach Jim Caldwell, reportedly under orders from GM Bill Polian and owner Jim Irsay, removed Manning, Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney and other starters from the game….
The result was comical, as backup QB Curtis Painter was terrible and the Jets pulled away for a tainted victory….
In my book, that’s throwing a game….
So why isn’t the NFL launching an investigation, along with the FBI, and getting ready for trial?….
Here’s what I would do if I were NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:
-Order the Colts to give full refunds to every fan in attendance, since all of them were expecting to see a competitive game with both teams giving an honest effort. In these tough economic times, it is reprehensible to give anything less than your best, especially with the exorbitant prices they’re charging. Throwing a game is a slap in the face to your fans and transforms the NFL into nothing more than the WWF….
-Colts management should issue a formal apology to their fans, players and every NFL fan. But the biggest apology should go to Manning, who might have lost his only chance for the greatest season in NFL history. Sure, he’s a lock for the Hall-of-Fame and might go down as the greatest QB of all time, but winning the Super Bowl and going undefeated would have sealed his legacy with a million dollar bow. He’s been politically correct and said all the right things, but must be furious about his organization throwing a game. He works so hard to be great, studying film and preparing himself; so losing on purpose must eat away at him. What a disgraceful way to treat the gretaest player in franchise history.
-Fine the Colts organization millions of dollars for “compromising the integrity of the game” and take away at least one pick from the upcoming draft. I’d make it a first round pick, just to set the bar high for anyone else thining of tanking a game.
-Hold a press conference to announce you’re hiring independant investigators to look into the matter. I’d also contact the FBI to look into possible federal violations and prison time. .
I know this sounds harsh, but an example needs to be made of people who cheat the fans. Every time an NFL team takes the field, there needs to be an honest effort to win and anything less should be met with swift and tough penalties….
Of course this won’t happen, because Goodell has a pattern of giving slaps on the wrists to white management types, while penalizing black players to the fullest extent of the law….
Bill Belichick should have received at least a four game suspension, without pay, plus the $500,000 he was fined, for Spygate. And the Pastriots organization should have been hit with much more than a million dollar fine. Instead, Belichick didn’t miss a game and Goodell let him and the organization off the hook….
Raiders coach Tom Cable was accused of breaking the jaw of an assistant coach and beating two different women, but didn’t miss a game and as far as I know hasn’t been fined. I know charges weren’t filed against Cable for punching his assistant, but Pacman Jones has also never been convicted of anything; yet he was suspended, fined and run out of the NFL….
So if Goodell holds to form, he’ll give a pass to Irsay and Polian while making Caldwell the scapegoat….
If he does anything at all….