They’re all full of it to varying degrees, but none more than Roger Goodell’s NFL and his dutiful adjutants, the league’s compliant TV networks.
What’s ladled out — make that shoveled — as social altruism has formed Mount Manure, built on public relations cons and high-definition, high-in-additives baloney.
The annual presentation of NFL games played on Thanksgiving — up to three since 2006, instead of two, to maximize TV rights and get-out-there-and-shop commercial revenues — comes wrapped in home-and-hearth values with good wishes from “our family to yours.” And it’s self-evident nonsense.
“Her red bra was all that was supposed to show, no nipple, no exposure,” the insider said. “It was meant to be a little racy, but nobody meant for her breast to show. It became a big deal because Justin grabbed the costume much too hard and, instead of pulling the one small part, he tore the bra part, too.” (Representatives for Timberlake did not return calls for comment.)
Behind the scenes, there was confusion, as MTV executive producer Salli Frattini, recalled to ESPN The Magazine in 2014: “There was lots of chaos in the [production truck, and we played it back and we were like, ‘Oh, s – – t. What just happened?’ ”
New kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who spent time in six NFL training camps over the past five seasons before finally getting a shot to play this week, was the star of the game for Oakland. The former Cal kicker went 4 for 4 on the day, hitting field goals from 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards in the win.
It’s fitting that the Raiders went with a kicker who has such an unusual backstory because the Raiders won in an unusual way. Going into the season, the biggest question in Oakland had to do with whether or not their defense would actually be able to stop anyone.
We know the Raiders can win a shootout, but can they punch you in the mouth and win with defense?
In 2003, Houston Oilers defensive end Elvin Bethea made a rather impolitic confession as he was about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He admitted he rarely watches NFL games.