Monday, December 14, 2009

And now, for something completely different: NFL edition

Roger Goodell, Commissioner
National Football League
280 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Commissioner Goodell:

I write in regard to the continual fining of Mr. Chad Ochocinco. While I am a fan of neither the Cincinnati Bengals nor Chad Ochocinco, I am a fan of football. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but Mr. Ochocinco and the other athletes in the National Football League get paid to play a game, and the purpose of this game is to entertain the fans. When players make great plays, the fans are entertained. We are also entertained by their celebrations, whether it be spiking the football, the Lambeau Leap, or the latest invention by creative players. These players are playing a game, and they’re supposed to be having fun while they do it. Mr. Ochocinco has fun playing the game, and he has fun celebrating his success. His joy in the game is something I wish every NFL athlete would reflect in their play. His behavior is not “conduct unbecoming an NFL player”, and it does not reflect poorly on the National Football League. Continuing to fine him for keeping us entertained, on the other hand, does reflect poorly on the NFL.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Respectfully submitted . . .

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