The Monday Melange 09.01.11: Roger Goodell, Terrelle Pryor, Jim Donnan

In honor of the USA All-Pro cycling race this weekend, Aloysius, our Executive Director of Sports Information here at Everyone's Entitled to Joe's Opinion, attempts to plank off my bike.

Due to the anniversary of Katrina earlier this week, I felt compelled to take a break from the usual goings-on here at Everyone’s Entitled to Joe’s Opinion.  But with the start of football season only a couple of days away, I couldn’t let that go by without getting one of these out there.  So here we are again, even if a couple of days late.

–Aloysius, our Executive Director of Sports Information here at Everyone’s Entitled to Joe’s Opinion, has had no small amount of fun teasing me about the SEC and its possible plans for expansion which would include the addition of Texas A&M.  He would like to direct your attention to this piece from AJC sports columnist Jeff Schultz, which supports his contention that SEC schools are all about nothing more than football and money, money, money.

Aloysius:  Just shut up and go get some Aggie jokes ready.

–While Aloysius is on his soapbox, he would also like to say a little something about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.  He says that Goodell is an arrogant little prick, and wishes to direct your attention to this piece from AJC sports columnist Mark Bradley as proof.  What happened?  Goodell suspended former Ohio State player Terrelle Pryor for the first five games of the 2011 season.  Pryor had been suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of 2011 because of his part in a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal that rocked Ohio State and brought down coach Jim Tressel.  Presumably to get out of serving this suspension, Pryor declared for the NFL supplemental draft.  So Goodell suspended Pryor, using as his basis the argument that Pryor’s conduct undermined the integrity of the rules for draft eligibility.

I am strongly tempted to agree with Goodell, but here’s the thing:  If Goodell disapproved of Pryor using the draft to escape serving time for misdeeds committed while in college, he should never have allowed Pryor to enter the draft in the first place.  But he did, and here we are.  Why?  Money money money, baby!!!!!  Apparently Goodell didn’t want to take the chance of Pryor escaping to someplace else (i. e. Canada), so he approved of Pryor entering the draft.  We want him playing here, just not for the first five games of the season because by golly, we have standards to uphold!!!!!  Apparently, as Mark Bradley argues, integrity is a flexible concept for Goodell.

Ponzi scheme: Sounds kinda like "tunnel screen" if you say it fast enough. And we all know how this guy felt about tunnel screens.

–We here at Everyone’s Entitled to Joe’s Opinion have been tracking with the ongoing saga of Jim Donnan and his recent legal troubles, and we are happy to report that everything is now settled.  The settlement is about as good as could have been expected:  Donnan will transfer about $5.5 million in personal assets over to GLC Limited, the liquidation business that he ran for the better part of the previous decade.

For those of you who haven’t heard, Donnan filed for bankruptcy last month when GLC Limited went out of business.  (In this economy, I find it excruciatingly difficult to imagine a liquidation business failing, but here we are.)  Later, Donnan was accused of running a far-reaching Ponzi scheme.

–In honor of football season, the start of which is only a couple of days away, allow me to bring back an old Monday Melange favorite.  (Okay, it was one of my favorites.  I can’t speak for the other two or three Monday Melange readers out there.)  This actually happened right here in the ATL at a Thursday night game a couple of years back.

So what do you do when your team falls behind Georgia Tech 24-nil, then comes all the way back and takes a fourth-quarter lead only to let the game get away right at the very end?  Simple:  you do what this poor Clemson fan did.  And he did it so well that the ESPN announcers who were covering the game caught it on camera and used it in their postgame wrap-up.  The first two minutes or so are just idle banter by the announcers; the actual broadcast starts around the 2:05 mark.  Note the skilled use of the telestrator by the announcers at around the 1:20 mark; also note Chris Fowler struggling to keep from bursting into hysterical laughter on the air at around the 2:15 mark.

–While we’re looking at videos, allow me to close with a song that is extremely appropriate to what we’ve been talking about in this edition.  Please enjoy ABBA’s “Money Money Money”.  (Sometimes these deals don’t work.  So just in case, here’s the link.)